Pressure mounts as Team Brexit passes halfway
Hot nights, short weeks and a lack of fuel are a few of the obstacles in Team Brexit’s way as they hit halfway in their training for Auckland’s Round the Bays.
Simon Collins finds he can’t keep full no matter how much he eats and Sinead Loughnane is waking up dehydrated after attending their evening running club.
‘‘I’m so hungry all the time, one of the hardest things I’ve found is getting enough energy,’’ Simon said.
Simon, Sinead and Ian Benet are Team Brexit.
After two long weekends spent across the North Island in Cape Reinga and Gisborne they’ve decided that with the return of routine their training is about to get serious.
They have four weeks left and three more personal training sessions before race day.
‘‘We need to up it,’’ Sinead said. Sinead’s going to run further once a week to work on endurance and faster on her other run to work on her speed.
Simon’s pushing himself by moving into the 7km running group at the Adidas Run Club after coming first in the 5km group.
And Ian is even planning on going for a morning run. ‘‘I usually hate it but it’s the best way to get the exercise in so I can enjoy the beach in the evening,’’ Ian said.
Alongside the running there’s been cycling, swimming, yoga, soccer and the weekly personal training session. In the latest Tepid Baths session trainer Josh Samuela dished out a sweaty combination of burpees, staircase sprints, and side to sides on Jacob’s Ladder in Westhaven.
Samuela said he was impressed with the team’s commitment and progress.
‘‘I’ve been making it harder every week and they’ve been keeping up.’’
The goals are still there for Team Brexit too.
Sinead wants to run Round the Bays without having to stop and Simon and Ian want to beat their times from last year. If they can eat and drink enough and have a few cool evenings Team Brexit will go all the way.
The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run is an 8.4km flat course from the Auckland CBD to St Heliers Bay.
The start is located at Quay Street and the course continues along Auckland’s Waitemata harbour to a spectacular finish along St Heliers Bay.
Josh Samuela said side to sides are good for the glutes.