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Highest News Report of the Tall Ships?

Well, Team 98FM were ‘Radio Pirates’ for a day… when we battled our way up the 120ft mast of the Fryderik Chopin in a pretty stiff breeze.

Ok, it may not be a training day, but it was a pretty good work out all the same.  There was quite a bit of shock when we realised that the reassuring harness was only meant for clipping on when we got to the interval platforms – not for use while we were actually climbing the ringing.  That certainly concentrated the mind!  And the pull up to the platforms meant climbing out over an overhang with your full bodyweight swinging out of your arms.   There were a few snatches of colourful language, but we made it.  Mission accomplished.

Gossip Girl Siobhan was cool under pressure and rang reports back to Darragh O’Dea at 98FM, image-guy John O’Keefe was superb at talking us girls through the motions, Angela Frawley did the Thunder Team proud and Adam was the cool dude from the Chopin crew who was totally unfazed by our screams.   The one question that remains for me is – was this the highest radio report of the Tall Ships?  😉

Hanging Out, 120ft Above the Tall Ships…

I have a terrible head for heights, and yet I keep getting myself in scrapes that involve great terror – ie: standing on surfaces heigher than my own diminutive 5ft.

Tomorrow is such a day.  Somehow I’ve agreed to climb the mast of the Polish Tall Ship, the Fryderick Chopin on the quays tomorrow, along with a gang of mates from 98FM.  That mast is 120ft high.  That didn’t mean too much to me, until I saw this photo a short time ago, posted on FB by Mountain Rescue Volunteer, Ronan Friel.  OMG.  I hope I won’t need his services tomorrow!  Hearing that gusty winds and driving rain are sweeping in from the Atlantic, doesn’t exactly make me feel much better.   Lunchtime tomorrow, it should all be over.  I just have to make it until lunchtime tomorrow.

In fairness, I kind’ve felt a bit like that all day today.  I had a bit of a whine on FB, telling my friends that  “I don’t always like exercising – and I don’t always like training on Thursdays.” Thurs mean a heavy weights session in the gym in the afternoon then kayak lessons on the Liffey in the evening.  I like Kayaking… but on Thurs they make us fall in.  It’s cold, and wet, and yucky.  I don’t like falling in… and on Thursdays I don’t always like kayaking.  🙁

As usual, after a couple of hours on the river and a couple of wettings – I feel great tonight and assured of a good night’s sleep.  The sleep of the good, and the exhausted!

The gym session today was bruising. I’m squatting and pressing and throwing around 30 to 50kgs around me, depending on the exercise.  I’m finding it tough – and I’ve stepped up the durations from 40mins to an hour.  Today I had one of those sessions where you sit in the changing room afterwards and feel slightly nauseous.  I haven’t had one of those in about a year – which probably means I needed one!

The training for Concern’s Uganda mission in November is, I think, going well.  But I could do with losing about a stone before I go, to be in best condition for coping with the heat.  That means my next project is to look again at my diet……..  once I survive the Fryderick Chopin!

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