The much anticipated freezer training session took place on Saturday 30 June in the glamorous surrounds of an Eddie Stobart refrigerated truck at Magna Park industrial estate near Northampton. Thanks again to Matt at Coca Cola for making this possible. Thanks also to Alistair for joining me. I was struck by the number of my friends who were washing their hair that day!
We got the trailer interior down to around -12C. Inside a 40 ft cavity was ours for the morning and we quickly got into our cold running gear. I was looking forward to testing my kit and working out the number of layers I would need for the race.
Some snags... there were no lights in the trailer - pitch black, but we eventually found the switch. Of greater concern was that quickly realised that the doors did not open from the inside and our minds thought through various scenarios of how long we could last inside before freezing to death. The walls were insulated and thick, the noise of the chiller unit and fans was deafening. No chance of getting rescued if the door was locked accidentally or otherwise...
Panic over, we wedged the door ajar and got on with the run. As you can imagine, 40 ft is covered quite quickly in just a few steps and we ran hundreds of laps. The fans added some wind chill factor mimicking polar conditions, but the rumble of the chillers did not.
The gap in the door was letting in warm air, so after half an hour, we stepped out, shut the doors to cool down the space again. After a few minutes we jumped back in and did two 30 minute circuit sessions - steps (to mimmic hills), squats, press ups, skipping, cleans, lunges, etc
In the end, a great work out. Got a good feel for my kit. Two layers on my legs will be more than enough. The buff i was wearing around my neck was useful to keep my face warm but also stopped heat getting out of my jacket. Need to fine tune this.
Check out the gallery page for some more pictures. If you are nuts enough and want to join the next session on 8th September, get in touch!
Finally - many thanks to my early sponsors
Co-founder of Oxford Capital Partners. Husband, father, adventurer and polar marathon runner. Represent Great Britain at master level in Modern Pentathlon.