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2016 Challenge 2 - 5hr Swim Session - DONE!

Hello Everyone,

A quick debrief after another challenge completed!

If you didn't know, yesterday I completed the 2nd challenge of my 2016 season by successfully completing a 5hr swim session. The session was 100m efforts off 2mins (swim and recovery) continuously for 5hrs.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone that came down to Surrey Sports Park to either just show their support or whose who got in with me for a few 100m efforts. I would also like to make a special mention to my amazing Mrs Marsha El-Hage (who herself swum a new furthest distance of 6.5km during the 5hrs) and Simon Kibble & my Mum Carole Brame. these three were there at the beginning and still there after 5+ hrs on a very hot poolside providing motivation, nutrition, support and assistance, I couldn't have done it without you.

Anyway, how did it go?

I started at 11:50am and had decided that I would break the challenge up into blocks of 10 x 100m and I would allow people to join me at the start of each 10 but not in the middle, this would allow me a routine. Once I got going I settled down into a steady 1:25min pace per 100m so getting 35secs rest and until about block 5 I was feeling good. I never had any idea of time until Simon told me I was half way, so it was just a case of managing each block of 10 x 100m. Through blocks 6-8 I struggled, my shoulders started to feel tight and my times dropped to 1:30-1:34mins per 100m but I knew if I could get to the 100 x 100m point I was going to happy..... even if I didn't make the full 5hrs.

I did the whole 100 x 100m with no toys, no pull buoy or paddles and was genuinely proud of myself, I had had my doubts and after a Thursday and Friday or driving and lifting/moving heavy office furniture and a Saturday or more driving and 100+km hilly ride, I did wonder whether I would have even got to this point!
After the 100th 100m it was tough, and I did really have a wobble (literally) about 12km into the session, but as I got nearer the end people kept arriving to show their support and I just kept checking off each 100m effort.

I finished the session hurting in places I have never hurt before, my back, arms, lats and triceps were pounding, but I was super happy and feel I am another step closer to my World Record attempt at The Blenheim Palace Triathlon in a few weeks!

Challenge totals:

Total swim time: 05:03:12hrs
Total swim distance: 14.5km or 14,500m
Total lengths (of a 50m pool): 290 lengths
Total toilet stops: 3 breaks of 2-3mins

If you don't know these crazy 'challenges' are all in aid of the Bloodwise‪#‎Charity‬ and I am hoping to raise as much money for them as possible in 2016. I have at least 6 more challenges planned and any amount you can spare to support me, to support this amazing charity is greatly appreciated. The link is below.....

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2016 Challenge 1 - 12hr Brick Session - DONE!

A tough day is over and Challenge 1 of 2016 is DONE!

Today I completed a 12 hour Brick Session in Richmond Park. The brick session consisted of 2 full laps of the 11km Richmond Park road circuit and then a 2 lap 5km run. I did this continuously for 12 hours.
The day started at 4am so I could get a head start on the cars, walkers, cyclists that all start entering the park at 10-11am onwards. It was pitch black when I started and with my bike lights on I did the first 3 hours completely alone, but had my Marsha El-HageSimon Kibble and Carole Brame all at the house to greet me between each discipline which helped.

I had a few dark times when the 12 hours looked impossible and I did consider on more than one occasion just giving up, but about 6 hours into the session some very supportive RG Active people came to the house to support me and some even joined me for a few disciplines.

I must say a massive thank you to: Richard Dickens Vicki Abberton Anne Renshaw Richard Wild Emma Young Simon Burrell Joe Maule Catherine Gualdino Maule Henry Yorke Ian Wilson Malcolm Lyon Rob Elliott and also Matt Price, Katie Price, Richard Mothersole, Andi G and Krista & Ryan Bibbings.

The last 3 runs were miserable, but they were saved by having strong bike legs in the later stages of the 12 hours. I had my lovely Mrs (Marsha El-Hage) join me for two of the last 4 bikes and this was very motivational and as tough as it was I stayed focused and kept a level of consistency until the end.

The session in numbers:

9 x Bike legs totalling 198km
9 x Run legs totalling 45km
18 transitions between bike/run
Total time 12:13:51hrs
Fastest bike time: Bike 6 in 49:46mins
Fastest run time: Run 2 in 22:57mins
Slowest bike time: Bike 8 in 55:47mins (traffic didn't help)
Slowest run time: Run 8 in 29:43mins (walk/run)
5939 calories burnt

After the 12 hours I had a visit from Alice Monger-Godfrey and she was kind enough to help me with a massage and an ‪#‎osteopathy‬ treatment to help speed up the healing and recovery and right now i'm chilling with Marsha El-Hage and friends,watching a movie and counting the seconds before I can go to bed and to sleep! haha

Finally a massive thank you to Etixx UK who fuelled me for most of the day,Finlay Paton and Rose Bikes UK for their awesome bikes, CEP UK & Irelandfor holding me together and helping me recover right now, Bollé & Bollé Cycling for their awesome helmet and glasses, QSW Sports UK for the kit that kept me dry, un-chaffed, and warm throughout the day, Curranz for their product both before and now after and RG Active Ltd. & RG Active Race Team London for their support and friendship.

Thank you everyone, I found today harder than I thought but I did it and I can't take all the credit, so many people helped me get to the finish!

See you all again soon!

John Brame

P.S. Photos and images to follow soon!
If you haven't sponsored me and think you could after todays achievement please do, I would be most grateful!

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