Well today was the day of my fitness test. Test was simple run for 12 minutes cover 2500 metres. Then 2 sprints with 30 seconds rest between each, covering 50 metres in 7.5 seconds. Simple!
Well today got off to a superb start! We’ve been looking after my in laws dog this weekend and for some reason it decided at 4am that it was going to start barking and whining and not shut the hell up for nearly an hour!
Things can only get better………………..at 8am I set out for the test in Birmingham. However got to my car and realised I had locked my car keys and house keys in the house! So had to wake my wife up (she was happy!).
I started to think this was going to be one of those days.
Anyway I got to the venue at 8.50 and so had plenty of time. There was 3 sets of tests the first had around 12 people on it, the 2nd (mine) had 11, with the 3rd having 4 Level 4’s & a Level 3 on it.
So it came to test time, we all had numbers on the front of our tshirts. Id never seen this before but it worked really well. Your test was picked by number and also this took away any risk of miscounts of laps.
I felt comfortable all the way around, for some reason my thighs felt a bit heavy but breathing was comfortable and I went through 4 laps in dead 7 minutes. I completed the 2500m in 11mins 8 seconds and so had 52 seconds left to get to my aim of 2700 metres.
We then had a break while the 3rd test did there run and they all completed that. The level 3 did 3100 metres!!. While this was ongoing I kept my legs moving and did stretches. They split each test then in to 2 groups for the sprints. I was in the 2nd group of my test. I never like the sprints, I think its a confidence thing. I allways have this thought if I slip and lose a second on the start your buggered. The first group were quick of the mark, infact two quick. They were pulled back for a false start. However again there was no failure and everyone passed on the sprints!. Infact on the day there wasnt a single failure!
I was happy as I had passed and hit my target of 2700. However a little dispointed as it was the lowest Ive done. However preparation hasn’t been ideal in recent weeks, but at the end of the day Ive passed and it gives me a good base to build up to the season.
However I dont get much of a break as this week (thank god no traveling) ill be training hard as I have my first Pre-season game on the 18th on the line for the Quorn vs Crewe friendly.
Now for the real hard work.