BT Global Challenge - Leg 2 - 15th November

madforsailing's diary writer has been pondering the problem of fitness
madforsailing is following the BT Global Challenge through the diaries of Conrad Humphreys (skipper) and Andy Magrath (crewman) aboard LG FLATRON. As they close on the finish, Andy has been thinking about the problem of staying fit on a 35 day leg through the tropics. Andy Magrath, LG FLATRON, Wednesday 15th November; 'On LG FLATRON we try to take our fitness very seriously. Ever since I attended a talk three years ago by a crew member from the last race who said, 'The best piece of advice I can give you is that if you think that you are fit enough - you’re not!' I knew that fitness was going to be an important part of my race preparation and during the race itself. The three Ss are Strength, Stamina and Stretch. It is these three words that have driven my training program, which has been gym based, doing at least 3 x 2.5 hours per week at the gym and 2 x 4 mile runs per week. Once I met my skipper, Conrad, in January 2000 there was no let up. It was obvious that Conrad took this aspect of our race preparation very seriously, as we were soon to find out. Every time we met up for team practice there were early morning fitness circuits to complete and this was before the all-day gruelling sail training on the boat. After these weekends we would all get home late on a Sunday evening absolutely shattered and then back to work on Monday morning! When training in Plymouth there was the compulsory 06:00 hours dunking in a February-cold Plymouth Sound. When training off Weymouth there were the circuits on Weymouth Beach - particularly difficult running on sand - and then the charge into the freezing sea! All of this whilst early rising dog walkers