Tough Mudder Diary #3 – 101 Days To Go

Turkey Burning

Well we are well and truly into January now and Turkey Burners are starting to dwindle at the gym.   I have utmost respect for anyone getting off the sofa and down the gym. Having set out on that journey many times and failed I wish anyone trying all the success in meeting their goals.  I do however still laugh at the posing and flexing in mirrors playing on your phone crowd, whatever works.

As a regular Mens Health I noticed loads of guys following their transformation plan, i’ve never seen guys doing some many cable wood chops or lunges.

 

My Tough Mudder Training

I have upped my workouts now to start increasing the cardio and strength work.  I’ve found January hard with my training, I’ve been putting in the work but didn’t feel that January surge like all the new year new you people.

Carrying over the speed and intensity from last year has almost left me feeling I am not putting in the same concerted effort like everyone else, I know this isnt the case but I feel like I need to do something extra.

Gym

I’ve now added treadmill running to my routine, its a start and coming from where I was a few months ago I can see how far ive come.  At the moment I am managing 2-5min bursts with a 1% incline and the speed somewhere between 6-7 on the speed on the machine.  I expect this to pick up a lot more now however i’m trying to resist the urge to push myself too hard and be disappointed, small increases every time are key here.

The watt bike has become a regular on my cardio work, the gym has the My Ride+ system so I’ve been enjoing rdes along the New Jersey waterfront and some more challenging national parks in the U.S.

Battle Ropes, what can I say about this seemingly innocuous rope, oh my god..  1 min alternating between single and dual arm waves followed by 1 mins rest then again for 5 sets at the end of your cardio routine gets the heart and lungs working.

Im making small increases in the weight training also, its difficult as I feel a lack of energy have way through a push or pull exercise as if there is a lack of explosive power.  I am decreasing the weight and increasing reps, realising I am running on a high calorific deficit.

Outside Activity

Weekly badminton and walking at lunchtime and evenings is keeping the blood pumping and a good head clearing when at work, I really do enjoy walking and getting some fresh air on these cold crisp days.  I might take a day off soon and go into London and have a walk around the city, ive not done that for years and quite fancy a mooch around.  ( Note to Wife who will read this, this means with you x x )

Equipment

My Trainers are knackered, I am planning on hitting  specialist runners shop who can properly measure my walking and recommend the right trainer / insole for my gym and soon trail running.  I have heard some great feedback from people who finally invest in a proper measure pair of running shoes, think its time I look after my feet a little more.  Please let me know if you’ve had a similar experience?

 

And finally, 101 days, that number is tumbling fast.  I have been talking to a close friend who is also doing Tough Mudder about some warm up events in late March / April so watch this space.

Right, work to do and Badminton tonight, I’ll be back with more updates soon, in the meantime check out my other training diaries Tough Mudder Diary #1 143 Days To Go & Tough Mudder Diary #2

 

C.O.L.P.O.W

Panasonic Wireless Speakers

If you ever have mates over for a party or get together evening like I do regularly you will know how nice it is to have music playing to add to the atmosphere.

Gone are the days of the 70s where everyone had a turntable in the front room or latterly a Hi-Fi..  I’m now in my 30s and having MTV playing on the TV and all crowding into the front room isn’t ideal for a group of friends to catch up. That’s where Panasonic Wireless Speakers come into their own, allowing for a true multi room speaker system.

It seems everyone has their favourite playlists / albums with them on their smartphones, nowadays and i’m not sure I even own any cd’s anymore.  The panasonic ALL series allow for all the speakers to be networked so you can listen to what you want when you want.  I would say amongst my friends this type of setup is becoming more and more familiar and in fact expected in the modern home.

We had some friends over the other night and had music playing whilst we ate dinner and chatted before relaxing over a final nightcap in the front room and chatting the evening away.

My friends like the fact I tend to be the first person to show them modern tech in practical use around the home.  By the end of the evening we had the 90s pop right through to my current favourite group Walking On Cars playing and all this was done from a mobile phone and a wireless speaker, not a CD, turntable or MTV in sight..

The Panasonic Wireless Speaker range all support music streaming services like Apple Music & Spotify and other popular services.

My personal favourite device is the Panasonic SC-ALL6, there is a great review HERE which I think sums up my view on the Panasonic ALL range.  If you are after a solid sounding versatile multi room wireless speaker setup for your home then you should check out the Panasonic series, life is for living, so live it without limits.

 

 

 

 

KitSound Clash Evolution

My Best Tech Find 2016

As  we start 2017  I wanted to share with you My Best Tech Find of 2016.  As some may know I work as an infrastructure Architect so Tech & Gear are a large part of my life. To stand out as my best tech find for the year the product has to be good value, exceed expectations but also do the basics well.

The KitSound Clash Evolution’s came to my attention on Black Friday, Vodafone were selling them through their eBay outlet for £15 ( yes £15).  Normally I wouldn’t have given them a second glance but a friend has had some good experience with their products so I took a punt and bought a pair.

Unboxing:

 

 

 

 

 

The product far exceeded my expectations when opening the quality packaging, even more so when I got inside to find the headphones come with a nice “shell like” carry case, similar to what I have with my Bose QC35’s.

Inside there are the headphones neatly folded along with a audio jack and USB charge cable and a small well illustrated instruction manual.

Holding the headphones I was immediately struck by how solid they felt and the soft cushioning on the headphones themselves boded well for wearing..  The plastic parts of the headphones are the only part that feels less solid than the other parts, this is no bad thing but I am really looking for bad points at this point and its the only physical part that warrants a mention

 

 

 

 

 

Setup:

This part was a doddle, if you have setup Bluetooth before its the same as most devices, a long press of the power button and you are in pairing mode and my Iphone 7 plus was linked.

 

Sound Quality:

WOW!  That was the first of mine and anyone who has tried them impression.  I own and use Bose QC35’s daily and whilst these are not noise cancelling the sound quality and rich bass and clear  high & low tones are not far off from the Bose experience.  I’ve thrown Classical, Trance, Drum & Bass, Pop and videos at these and I still cant find a weak point with them.  Although they aren’t noise cancelling the comfortable closed feeling of the headphones immerses you in the sound very well and all but loud or sudden sound changes can be picked up.

 

Useful Features:

Being a Bluetooth headset if you are pairing these with your phone they are capable of taking a call, Ive tried this a few times and the quality has been good.

The case they come in is very handy if like me you chuck a pair in a bag, they fit well and are protected.

Where To Buy:

Amazon have them for sale at £29 at the moment which is still a steal in my opinion but keep a look out for daily deals on sites like hotukdeals as retailers are regularly undercutting each other.

Verdict:

If you are after a pair of inexpensive  Bluetooth headphones  and don’t fancy shelling out £250+ on a pair of Bose then you should get yourself a pair of these, you wont be disappointed.

 

C.O.L.P.O.W

 

2017 has begun and i’m fully aware that there is 122 days to go until my Tough Mudder.  I’ve been training over the holidays and its been going well, now its time to kick on.

Earlier this morning I hit the gym and did a good cardio session, time was tight but no excuses!  One thing I have been struggling with is energy.  I’m running a large calorie deficit as part of my weight loss programme which coupled with cardio and weight training is proving challenging.

I am seeing my Cambridge consultant tomorrow and i’m going to talk about possibly stepping up a level. Like everything in this world, its about balance.

I’ve still only told 2 friends that i’m taking part in Tough Mudder, I still don’t feel comfortable telling them.  Its not that I don’t want to commit, I have, I think I want to surprise people. The same goes with my weight loss, nobody actually mentions it to me, a few have but most are talking amongst themselves.  I prefer it that way, I think…  My wife who knows me best will disagree as I always ask if people have said anything.  To know me is to love me 🙂

Tomorrow will be easier than today and today was easier than yesterday!

C.O.L.P.O.W