Preperation Archives - Mike Jones

Whats that coming over the hill…

Yes its a Monster, a 70 foot carbon fiber Monster!!   Its fast and apparently a little bit wet on deck!   But it is all for a great cause, Care for Shane.  Click here to find out more and donate, cheers 😉 Training starts tomorrow, racing starts the 28th check back for updates as we learn to tame the […]

Back in the boat

After a break for the winter I am back in training in the sea kayak for the next expedition, which is only just over 3 weeks away!

T minus 10 hours

After a hectic few days which has included a few hundred miles on the roads around Ireland and the small matter of my little brothers wedding, which was a magical affair and a special way to finish off the family weddings, 8 down! But now it is time to relax and enjoy the comforts of home as it my last […]

Rescue ready

Last night I had to practice the skills I hope not to have to use on the trip around Ireland.  Since I bought the boat people especially those who do a little bit of kayaking keep asking, “is it easy to roll?” my answer up until yesterday was I don’t know.  I have spent years perfecting the art of staying […]

Tick Tock

This time 2 weeks it will be the eve of the start and there will be no more time to train or prepare.  And for that reason the next 2 weeks will be crazy!!! I have now assembled almost all of my kit and the final piece of the puzzle, the food, is ordered and on the way so by […]

Time to ponder

Definition of PONDER transitive verb 1 : to weigh in the mind : appraise <pondered their chances of success> 2 : to think about : reflect on <pondered the events of the day> intransitive verb : to think or consider especially quietly, soberly, and deeply Yesterday I had my first chance to get out on the coast in my new […]

Where has all the time gone?

Today marks the one month to go for the start of my next big adventure and the biggest solo expedition of my life.  I have been planning expeditions and adventures for years so  I have a good idea of what needs to be done in advance but somehow whenever the final month comes around the days appear to be cut […]

It has been a frustrating few days for the crew in Morocco, our big send off on Thursday turned out to be premature. After less than a mile it was quickly apparent that the forecast did not match up with the conditions and making noprogress we took the decision to return to the marina.

It is hard to believe that 2010 is upon us already and I have mere hours remaining to pack and double check all my kit before I say good bye to my beautiful wife to depart on an adventure of a lifetime! 10 days ago I posted and hoped to be able to give a blow by blow account of […]

It just occurred to me today that all going well we should be heading out of Agadir to row across the Atlantic Ocean in only 20 days !  That means that I will be jumping on a plane to Morocco in a little over 2 weeks leaving my beautiful wife for what will be our longest time apart since we […]

Over a week since my last post and it has been a pretty hectic but productive week. Last week I spent 3 days in Cork attending a 3 day Offshore Emergency Care course, it was the first one run and is part of a new scheme set up by the Irish Sailing Association. the course is designed for people who are going offshore and covers all the basic skills of how to diagnose and treat minor emergencies as well as how and where to seek advice on some more major issues.

No Tom Hanks here I’m afraid just more news on the upcoming fundraising events. This coming weekend will see our local forest a wash with Lycra clad hill runners working up a sweat on the arduous 12km of mountain trails.  The race is being organised by Barbara Clancy who is a  local hill runner and adventure racer and will see […]

As I have mentioned previously my diet is a major part of preparation.  There are two main reasons that my diet is important, firstly it has to provide me with the energy to train and to assist with recovery and secondly it allows me to gain essential body mass. The first reason is quite obvious as we all know how […]

It has been another busy week of training and work and some fundraising organisation too. Training has been going pretty well, I got 2 long session in on the rowing machine last weekend and have been hitting the gym all week.  The weight gain is progressing nicely, over half a stone gained so far another half to go, but I […]

Yesterday I met with Aine McNamara, Sports Psychologist, to discuss some techniques to keep me sane and motivated during the row.   Pretty much all top level athletes use sports psychology these days to help them reach optimum performance levels.  During the row we will be subject to all kinds of mental and physical hardship as we row for 12 […]

The title is just my way of showing off my multi lingual talents, but enough about me.  As all is quiet on the training front I wanted to take this chance to say a special thank you to a very good friend Eamonn Grant, he is off on a well deserved holiday with his lovely wife Anna tomorrow and I […]

Nothing special for the past few days, up early each morning to train at home then on to work for the day followed by another session in the evening.

I have been working on my technique on the rowing machine in the evenings and it seems to be coming along nicely.

Just back from a fantastic trip in the north of Italy.  Spent the first day in Venice, had a look at the Gondola’s, not sure if they would go very well on the Atlantic though.   Thought I might get some rowing done but I don’t think you would fit a pair of oars down the narrow canals. Next day we […]

I hit the gym again this morning for my 3rd outing on the rowing machine and longest stint yet, a whole 45 minutes!  The previous 2 sessions were fine but I knew I was lacking technique, this morning though I was lucky to have  real rower beside me so from the corner of my eye I was trying to compare […]

Anybody who knows me or has had the pleasure of living with me for a while knows that I am not a morning person, I usually get out of bed for about 0850 head to work and wake up around 1000.  Following my meetings with Tom and Carmell yesterday I have realised that the training required for this mammoth task […]

After a super meeting with Tom in the Arena gym this morning it was off to United Physio for another treatment on my shoulder.  Last week I had my first taste of superficial dry needling, it is a technique to promote healing in damaged tissue.  I am not a fan of needles but it wasn’t too bad, this week though […]