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Technology, Fitness, Spartans and Data: Part One

In this blog series I am going to explore the various technologies that have crept into my everyday training regime, the data they produce and where that data goes as I prepare myself to get in shape for the Spartan Sprint, Spartan Super and The Grim Original. I will be completing all of these events for the child’s cancer charity .

So I’m going to call this the introduction to it all, and start off with some hard facts:

About me:

  • I’m 34 years old
  • I’m 5’7 or 173cm tall
  • I weigh 83.2kg
  • I hate running
  • The furthest I’ve ever run was 8 miles; I was 29 at the time and slow…. Let’s call it a walk!
  • I attempted this again last year and broke my foot, twice, this meant I have now had effectively a year off running training


Reebok Spartan Race –

Oct 1st, Windsor: The Reebok Spartan Sprint. This is the shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3-5 Mile Sprint may be the shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles.

Sept 4th, Peterborough: The Reebok Spartan Super. This is the middle distance course. With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test endurance, perseverance and grit. The 8-10 Mile Super packs more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain.

The Grim Original –

Dec 3rd: The Grim Original was started in 2002 and it’s a gruelling 8 mile run through Aldershot military proving ground, on the 3rd of December. Mud, Rock, Rivers, Snow and Ice. It’s got the lot and it’s usually between 0 and -5 ⁰C.

So that’s it for the first blog. Next week I will be discussing the technologies I will be using to enhance my training, the training methods, and how the data ties in with exercise.

Thank you for your time and don’t forget to donate at my just giving page: