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The Marathon Tyre Drag
26.2 miles towing my 12kg tyre behind me
For the Virtual London Marathon I decided to take advantage of the longer time window to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles. I dragged my tyre I use to imitate a sled for the whole distance.
Taking 9hrs 42mins and also quite a bit out of my left knee I completed the marathon, wet, cold but stronger for it.
This was my third marathon, first with the tyre, and I have to say it was the most mentally testing. The length of time I had to be focussed and actively pushing myself was exhausting. These tests and exercises are all leaving residual strength in my psyche for when I reach the tough times on the ice. I will be able to fall back on this experience and have confidence in my mental fortitude.
PSA - Not for the unexperienced / faint-hearted
The Tyreathlon is an Olympic distance triathlon while dragging / towing a set of tyres.
Here is the outline of the event:
1.5km Swim towing tyres in kayak or other boat
10km Tyre Drag
40km Cycle towing tyres behind
It is an absolute killer, I can assure you. However, pushing yourself to the boundaries of your capability is exceptionally useful. Not just for a North Pole expedition but also for your professional and personal lives - it allows you to be comfortable taking on new and daunting challenges.
Why? - Tyre pulling is the best way to imitate pulling a sled, something crucial for effective preparation of a North Pole Expedition.
Areas Worked - The gluteal muscles (your bum), Quadriceps (thighs) and all of your connective muscles in your hips and lower back. Your core is worked throughout the exercise, keeping your shoulders high and tucked back (don't hunch over) and your hips forward.
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