Random Jottings

Another winter project......

Following on from my back operation in 2018 recovery has been a bit slow so with diving dried up due to UK winter conditions it has been time to start hitting those weights.....

But to what extent? I remember years ago, 2010 I think it was when I was working on the Indian Sub-continent that I reduced my weight to the 90kg mark and it was damned cold when I got back to diving in the UK as I had lost all of my 'bioprene', so the target this year is going to be down to a steady 95kg.

So how am I going to get down to that level, well I have gone and joined a local gym, which has a national footprint and it's going well so far, but first who have I decided to use?


The problem with some gyms is that they are full of 'meat-heads' hurling large amounts of metal about and whilst this was me in my early 20's when I was actively playing Rugby at quite a high level here and now I have to be very, very careful about lifting too much weight if it is acting in a compressive fashion.

The main great thing about this set-up is that you can just go in and 'do your thing' with weights that are suitable for what you are trying to achieve, super!

The next advantage for a guy like me who wants to visit at 'odd' times is that they are open 24/7 so that means I can call in at 'silly o clock' before I set off to work on a Monday morning, sure you may be the only person there but so what?

Will losing a bit of weight help me next diving season? Who knows, I have already adjusted my dive kit configuration to minimise weight acting through my shoulders and spine so no longer do I use a weight harness I now use a belt so that the weight is applied at waist level below the site of the operation. I am hoping that it will allow me to start using 12l tanks for my general shore diving in the summer so I can get back to 90 minute dives!

Oh and as an aside next dive is at Ullswater looking for more old bottles, and then off to the Wishing Well!

Dive safe


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