Climate Training Participant

Hey, more of a journal entry this morning. I’ve signed up for being part of a masters degree students dissertation study, it sounded pretty cool!

From what I understand we’re going to test the differences in training in 40 degree heat naked whilst walking/running on a treadmill vs the same in full firemans kit for 40 mins.

Ashton had to do his yesterday in the firemans kit which all seemed to go well. Mine will be in my shorts then the fireman suit which I’m not complaining about at all.

Today was a bright and early one, 6am start today getting hydrated enough to conduct the test. Drinking 2L of water before 9am is no easy challenge. So, I’m on route and chilling on the train guzzling water like a 4×4 reversing up a hill.

Then I get this message… (The picture to the left)

And then I remember the 10cm anal probe needed to measure temperature that needs to stay in the whole time of the experiment. :/ Damn! Thanks bro… Ffs

Update 1 – First Session:

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Ready!

Soooo, post-experiment and I’m feeling cool although not so much a little while ago. After 30 mins I was feeling good, the first instance of the 5km/h was a bit of a shock to the system as it’s pretty quick walking, the 2% gradient doesn’t sound like much but after 2 hours… It takes its toll. At the start, I was feeling good, threw a couple of shapes in the heat chamber whilst listening to music which was kindly being played to me by my experimenters through their phones. They had to keep changing them every 20 mins as the heat was just too much for them.

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Anal Probe

I’d like to add at this point… The anal probe! Whilst it measured 10cm in length, it was only about 3mm in width! With tape at the 10cm mark so you know how far it needs to go. I thought “That’s cool, no drama”. Then, when in the toilet, looking at myself in the mirror, pants down, thinking about what’s about to happen.. Time slowed down, seconds felt like hours and I was close to saying “Fuck it” and leaving… Then I told myself “Man the fuck up, this is science! Let’s fucking do this” And in it went. To be fair, the anticipation was much worse, although that doesn’t mean its ok. It’s bearable. Anyhow, I digress…

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Feeling the vibe

1 hour in, all is going well. By this point, I think I accidentally pulled the energy cord 3 times dude to me putting my hand up to give a thumbs up when requested. I was getting frustrated by this badly and felt myself get angry quickly at myself. I think it was the heat though to be fair.

After 1hr 30 mins I was starting to feel it, my hands were swelling up and I had no idea why. I found out it’s normal for the blood to push to the extremities of the body (Hands and Feet). That was that then.

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Struggling

After 1hr 40 mins I had a sitting in effect, I felt good, great even. The music was giving me the funky vibe and I was throwing up some shapes in the air. This was probably the reason I hit the emergency cord over 4 times by accident. :/ Nether-the-less, I was into a groove and felt strong.

1hr 50 mins… Everything changed! I’m not sure if this was because of the anticipation of actually finishing the test or because I was actually dying.

I suddenly needed a wee, really badly. That created a need to fart… I’d like to mention the anal probe at this part… This completely confused the situation confusing whether this was indeed going to be a fart, or the possibility of a magical golden nugget. Needless to say, it wasn’t worth chancing so I held in all in.

I suddenly needed a wee, really badly. That created a need to fart… I’d like to mention the anal probe at this part… This completely confused the situation confusing whether this was indeed going to be a fart, or the possibility of a magical golden nugget. Needless to say, it wasn’t worth chancing so I held in all in.

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The Grind

I started to feel extremely nauseous and dizzy, my lips were so dry and licking them only made things worse. My lower back and left knee back to cause some random pain and i couldn’t stop thinking about the lunch in my bag, I seriously thought of stopping.

Then… I heard a song called “7 Years” being played… This is my little girls favourite song. At this point, I picked it back up again and soldiered on to the finish.

Once out, my body temperature dropped 4 degrees instantly, this causes the veins to vast constrict, blood is rushed from the rest of my body to my vital organs, causing a weird tightening sensation in my chest radiating to the rest of my body.

 I had to sit down with my feet in ice cold water to cool down back to a functional temperature. I used this time to rehydrate and eat my chicken, sweet potato and broccoli and Snapchat. This felt like a great time to be alive lol. I lost almost 2kg in water! Bonkers!!

I had to sit down with my feet in ice cold water to cool down back to a functional temperature. I used this time to rehydrate and eat my chicken, sweet potato and broccoli and Snapchat. This felt like a great time to be alive lol. I lost almost 2kg in water! Bonkers!!

Next week I have to repeat this test, but this time with full fireman kit on. Also, I’ve been asked to take part in another study. This one from a Ph.D Student! I finally get the chance to get into the BodPod and get a full schematic of my body composition. As well as bloods, this will show my white and red blood cell count, haemoglobin stuff and some other shit I have no idea about. But bring it on!!! I will update this post rather than make more.

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