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'
Run up to Paris...
So yesterday was my 22nd Birthday which is a bit worrying as I decided to do this row when I was 20 and still don't feel any closer to being ready! Anyway it also coincided with my last training run for the marathon and was another great morning for a run. I have been in London this weekend (I have done my training runs down in Sussex previously which gives more of challenge with the hills) and my route was along the river from Chelsea Bridge to the other side of the Isle of Dogs and back. All was going really well until about 17 miles when I met 250,000 people marching down embankment protesting against the government cuts...so not my best time unfortunately!
It did show me though how important getting into a good rhythm is when you run. Obviously naturally everyone gets into a good rhythm when they go for a run but having to stop and change pace trying to get past all the protesters completely killed me when once I got through and it was clear again. It is very much a mind set thing, having to get back into the groove you where in before being interrupted. So although not what I planned from my final run it still taught me something!
So 2 weeks today is the marathon and I am happy where I am with my preparation. I will train this week (I will put up my programme for the next two weeks as it will be very different) but mix it up a bit and no long run on Saturday. Then the week before the marathon will be very quiet with the aim of just loading carbohydrate and keeping the muscles loose.
One present I did get for my birthday was a Power Balance wristband. Like all the other sports bands out there, the idea is that it helps with energy and training. They are quite controversial things as it is hard to prove how a band can make you feel better, but many people swear by them. So I'll let you know if it makes me feel any different!