Freezing mornings, training groans and aspirations...........

.............looking out the window at 5:30am, now that winter appears to have arrived, confronted with a shimmering white icy ground covering is enough to make the balls shrink, and enough to make me want to shrink back into the my nice warm bed, but without sacrifice, there is no victory! It really is this time of year that makes training difficult, because freezing your nuts off is always gonna come off second best to staying snuggly warm, but I keep telling myself that if I can get through the next couple of months, then I can get through this challenge, getting the trainers on is the only battle. Although trying to do an old skool circuits routine whilst out doing my laps and sprints is cold on the old digits, so like a big girl, had to invest in some gloves so frostbite doesn't take hold out there.

Minor injuries and man flu seems to be hitting  the group at the mo, and anyone who's had man flu will know how debilitating it is, so my sympathies go out, but seriously boys - man up! Rub yourselves down with Vic vapour rub, or better still get someone else to do it!

The aspirations for this challenge is to get round the course under the 1hr 50. 11 min miling would under normal circumstances be a doddle, but we know full well that a course designed to test the best soldiers that deem themselves worthy of a maroon beret, is going to beast seven bales out of us mere mortals, especially when you've got 16kg to lug about too. All 16 of us are also probably at different levels of fitness, or just not fit at all, so have some serious work ahead of us! That is all the more apparent when Brooky throws down the gauntlet and insists we should be hitting 7 minute miling already, bstd! But hey we're doing this because we are up for the challenge, so bring it on!

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