Welcome! My name is Tommy Tippetts and this is my website covering my attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, setting out in January 2012.
Below is my blog where you will be able to keep up to date with all areas of my preparation, from sponsors to securing a boat and all my training to prepare for such a challenge.
Please also take some time to look at why I am doing this row, raising money and awareness for mental health in this country and any small donation you can make will go a long way to improving lives of many people around the UK. Please click below to sponsor me on my row in aid of Mind. I am hoping to raise £25,000 for the charity and any contribution you can make, small or big, would be gratefully received.
Solo Atlantic Row 2011
Read Tommy's blog as he prepares to take on 'the World's toughest rowing race'
Preparation for Paris
So with the Paris marathon now just a month away, we are getting down to the business end of it! I am doing one long training run a week which I have been doing on my Saturdays, increasing the distance in small increments each time.
Today I completed an 18 mile training run. Couldn't think of anything much better to be doing than running round a spring-like West Sussex on a Saturday afternoon! Although I have to say I did find it tough, definitely harder than my 15 miler last weekend.
My time today was 2:19 so of course I am really happy with that as my target was 2:20, even though it felt a lot harder than the time would suggest. It was a tough course with a fair amount of hills so obviously that will have added to my time, but of course will help with it being a flat marathon in Paris.
I also ran my quickest half marathon to date as well at 1:39. It's a funny thing all this running, I could have sworn I was running a slower pace than last weekend (with a lot more aches and pains), but still was able to increase my half marathon time and come in on target...not that I am complaining!
With next weekend off away in North Wales mountain biking and the like, I have one training run left to do. I want to get 21 miles under my belt and then rely on the training/atmosphere/adrenalin of the day to carry me over for the real thing. That run I am going to do then 2 weeks today, 26th March, leaving 2 weeks to pull off the training and get eating. The 26th is also my 22nd Birthday, lucky me...