I can’t believe that in 1 week I head out to Nepal, for the challenge of my life!
In April last year after the passing of my Grandad I wanted to do something that not only challenged my abilities with the ball but would help other people, it was my grandad that got me into Football and installed in me an interest that would become my life. After seeing him suffer terribly from Vascular Dementia I wanted to do something that would help other people and families suffering from this horrendous disease. This is when I decided I would juggle a ball with my feet and head up to Mount Everest Base Camp and then beyond as far as I can take it…
It has been quite a journey, I’ve increased my gym sessions to improve my leg strength, juggled a ball up Mount Snowdon and Moel Famau in North Wales as well as countless miles with the ball in the beautiful hills and fells of Lancashire.
I’ve adopted lots of different training methods including wearing a 20kg weight vest for my sessions juggling with the ball. When I’ve not been able to train up the mountains I’ve still completed my regular freestyle workouts with the added weight to increase my endurance and strength. To combat any potential altitude sickness I’ve been working with the Altitude Centre in London and Manchester which has allowed me to train at Base Camp Altitude before I get there in early March!
Although the journey has not yet started I feel I have learnt so much about health and nutrition (currently plant based Vegan diet) and other areas of maximising my health and training, all hugely valuable lessons that I feel will help me in all areas of my life.
With 1 week to go I would like to thank everyone that has supported my journey so far on social media and donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. Let’s try and raise as much money as possible, just head to the link below!