Training is getting frustrating now! Having achieved the 25 mile mark a few weeks back I really want to just make strides (literally) and keep stepping my distances up, but life, work and the UK weather keep getting in the way! And I know it's not just me that this is bugging. The guys doing The Longboard Crusade, another long distance charity skate trip in the UK this year have posted their frustration on Facebook recently too. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Longboard-Crusade/293491110686750?ref=ts
Like me, the guys just wanna get out and skate! Good job I'm still on schedule at 25 miles. But the end of May is creeping up and the target is 30 miles by then.
On the autism side of things we just had some good news. We now have a Statement of Educational Need. This is one small step for us, and one giant leap towards moving 'Steven' into the school that is most going to meet his needs. That is to say, one that will allow him to achieve his academic potential, but that will have social communication and personal development at the core of its teaching. Until then of course, the underlying anxieties of him being in the wrong school environment continue to come through more and more at home, making life extremely challenging for all of us, but especially his mum and younger sister. At present a 'normal' day (whatever one of those is) usually consists of much screaming and shouting from about 6.30AM, and delays caused by anything and everything that can distract Steven from his task...getting dressed and being ready to leave for school on time. What then follows is a day of Steven holding everything in and behaving 'robot like' in the school setting, followed by releasing the days pent up energy when back at home, in his 'safe space'. Sometimes it seems like others forget that it is his mum's and sister's 'safe space' too!
My girlfriend isn't keen on me sharing too much that is personal to our situation on this blog, so I mostly write about the planning and training for The Long Push journey itself. (I share more autism links on The Long Push 2012 Facebook page) As it happens another mum has recently put into words what I can't, on her blog, 'WONDERFULLY WIRED'. So by means of trying to explain the impact our situation is having on us, please read Fiona's blog post, 'Climbing out of the trench' http://wonderfullywired.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/climbing-out-of-the-trench/
It seems like no time at all that I was spamming people's Facebook pages like crazy, asking them to go 'like' The Long Push Facebook page to make it up to 200 'likes'. At that time, Long Push sponsor Woody at www.bigwoodys.co.uk shared the page and the likes suddenly shot up. That's the power of sharing. Since then the figures edged up one at a time until a week ago weekend when we hit 300!! Excellent stuff. Thank you to all who have joined me for this journey on Facebook but please don't stop there, keep sharing and let's see if we can hit 500 by the time of the 2 day 100 mile journey in August.
I have managed to get in some short training days between showers and work etc.
Day 14: Saturday 21st April - 4.7 miles : Just over 4 miles around my Marine Lake training circuit, plus my first deploy of my sail from sponsors @SportingSails but the wind wasn't consistent enough to pull me along at any speed.So I'll have to try that again another time.
Day 15: Tuesday 24th April - 10.52 miles : Building my distances up again. 4 miles last time, a little over 10.5 miles tonight. That's two and half laps of my local raining circuit. Building up to another 25 mile or more skate in the next week or two. Thanks to.sponsors Big Woody's and DC Shoes for supplying me with footwear for The Long Push and this training for it. I've done over 140 miles in training now and both pairs of DC's are holding up brilliantly. The 'Monty's' have been used most and there's still loads of tread on my pushing shoe, look...
|140 miles and barely any wear. Thanks to DC Shoes (Europe) and bigwoodys.co.uk|
More posts coming just as soon as I get them posted up.