For as long as lockdown lasts I’m going to be taking on massive indoor endurance challenges, in order to raise money for Oxford District Mencap and the NHS Covid-19 Urgent appeal. As someone in the increased risk group, and an NHS employee, I am extremely aware of how important it is to stay inside right now. I hope that these challenges will raise funds to support those most affected by Covid and resulting lockdown, as well as helping to inspire people to keep fit and healthy without going outside.
My first challenge was to climb the height of the 3 Peaks of Great Britain (Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike) from my flat. I completed 624 flights of stairs, 930 big box steps, and 1240 medium box steps. As I was climbing on steps and stairs instead of an actual mountain, the rate of ascent was much higher a d more sustained than normal, plus I didn’t take many breaks to take photos or look at the views. As a result I took only just over 6 hours to complete the full ascent and descent (although spread into chunks over 48 hours), whereas the total of my ascent/descent times for the real hills is about 11 hours… I also climbed the height of all 3 mountains from sea-level, whereas in the actual 3-Peaks challenge walkers start at car parks which are above sea level, so I did more climbing than I would have if I’d done the actual 3-Peaks. My legs definitely felt the extra height and increased pace the day after and I was barely able to walk! Luckily both the challenge and the resulting imobility made lockdown a bit more bearable, as I was perfectly happy to stay inside on my sofa when I wasn’t climbing!
On Thursday as part of the Ordnance Survey ‘GetOutside Inside’ campaign I completed another hill in my lunch break. As it was a work day it was a smaller hill, but I managed the height of Ben A’an, one of my favourites up in the Highlands. I will be clocking up my total height climbed over lockdown to see if I can manage the height of Everest!
My next challenge will be to complete an Ironman indoors– 2 hours of ‘frontcrawl stroke’ using resistance bands, 112 miles on my turbo trainer (for indoor cycling), and then a marathon complying with lockdown exercise guidelines.
If you want to follow my challenges, suggest the next challenge, or support me (and much more importantly the work of ODM and the Covid-19 Urgent Appeal*) then please have a look at my fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JessiesLockdownChallenges
*The majority of all donations go to ODM, and no money goes to virgin or admin fees