Walk like an Egyptian . . .

I am finally getting the hang of the Egyptian boot camp holidays. The ingredients needed are:

  • an understanding wife
  • a good training program
  • common sense
  • a good balance of holiday and training
  • and will power

The first two are in place (thanks to Sam and Mark), the trick is getting the third one right.

Due to the weather (it being so damn hot) the basic training day is like this:

  • bike ride in the morning so you are all finished by 8am, as that is when a) it gets very hot rather than just hot and b) the roads get busier
  • swim during the day as in late afternoon 4pm ish, so it doesn’t interrupt your day and it’s a nice way to cool off and you have a well sun screened back, so you don’t get burnt while you swim
  • run very late afternoon or early evening (at dusk or getting dark or even in the dark) so it’s nice and cool

You can run in the morning instead of biking but you cannot bike in the evening – too dangerous on the roads – not worth the risk. Or you can get up real early and do a brick session – as long as you take plenty of fluids and are done by 8am.

So the above has been this week in a nutshell.

An understanding wife is where your wife wakes up on her birthday, whilst on holiday in Egypt to find an empty bed as you are out doing a bike ride and you go out for a nice meal in the evening to celebrate her birthday but after your 40 minute run and her being OK with all that

The balance part is sacking off the swim as you have gone to the beach for the day.

Willpower is getting home after the beach to get showered and changed to go out for a meal and crowbarring another 30 minute run into the evening’s plans.

All of the above is easy. Common sense is the biggy.

We went out for a meal for Sam’s birthday with some Egyptian friends and we ended up getting home at 1am. So I skipped the bike ride yesterday morning. So today I definitely had to ride (as I cannot miss two ride sessions on the bounce). So I was up when the alarm went off at 6am – I got up and started to get ready for the 90 minute bike ride. It was very windy outside, I was knackered and not in the mood. So I thought ‘sod it, I am going back to bed’ and I went back to bed, straight to sleep and woke up at 10am – 3 and a half hours extra sleep. Boy did I need that. I swum for 45 minutes today but no run this evening as I have run everyday so far.

I am going to risk a ride in the morning – I say risk as I don’t want to get on the plane knackered, but an easy ride tomorrow morning after an easy day today I think should be OK.

So in the 7 days in Egypt a total of 3 hours swimming, 5 hours 30 mins cycling and 4 hours of running.

Not too bad for a relaxing holiday! Not as much swimming as I would have liked but that is because we were out a lot during the day and not on the complex, riding amount was OK, but really pleased with the running volume especially as 50% of it was up hill ready for the Ball Buster!

Thanks for reading.

Not too bad for a relaxing holiday! Not as much swimming as I would have liked but that is because we were out a lot during the day and not on the complex, riding amount was OK, but really pleased with the running volume especially as 50% of it was up hill ready for the Ball Buster!

Thanks for reading.

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