As I write this update it is Saturday September 21st and we’re about 70 days away from the challenge.

Operation Bobbi Bear.

The past week I managed to connect with Jackie Downs Branfield, the founder of Operation Bobbi Bear in South Africa, and she was so grateful for the effort we’re doing. True enough, we’re still far away from our goal with barely a 1000 CHF raised of the anticipated 25000 CHF, but we are hopeful that by December 1st we’ll have the required amount of money to help operation Bobbi Bear. 

For those who are not aware, we have a GoFundMe Page where you can donate (click here for the link) and we will keep you posting updates on our Facebook Page, and on Instagram but you can also follow us on our  CrossFit B3F page dedicated to the event. Share our posts and our pages, the more people we get aboard for the fund raising, the better.

How’s the training going?

As mentioned before, we have about 70 days to go until the challenge. This may seem like a lot, but when you think about it, it isn’t that much… It’s just a little over 2 months to get ready for something I have never attempted in my entire life. True, I did ultra mountain marathons before (a good 10 years ago) and also some crazy stuff during my special forces selection course (more than 20 years ago). But this challenge feels somehow different. I had a preview in May when we had our annual Murph on Memorial Day when I completed 8 Murphs, and to be honest it was a bit of a wake up call for a number of reasons.

  • Hydration: I had a lot of difficulties to stay hydrated, as a matter of fact I lost 4 kg of body weight in a time span of less than 10 hours, most of it probably water, but I had found it very difficult to take in the required amount of water. As a result of insufficient hydration, I experienced cramping in places where I never had cramps before.
  • Nutrition: I could not take in any solid food… in fact, I had no appetite whatsoever during and in between the workouts and the thought of even though I had some snacks prepared for the day, the thought of taking food into my mouth made me nauseous.
  • Hitting a wall… When I did my Memorial Day Murphs, I hit ‘the wall’ during Murph number 7 (which is not even halfway of what I am supposed to do on December 1st). It was probably partly because my breaks between Murphs were rather short (around 10 minutes), but it gave me a bit of a preview what could happen on ‘game day’. If I had the wall around Murph number 7, it’s gonna be a pretty long night ahead of me.
  • Hand care… when I did my test on memorial day I started ripping my hands around the last Murph I did…. Which means that my hands during the last 12 hours of the 24 hour challenge or my last 6-7 Murphs, I may have to do my last 600-700 pull ups with open blisters on my hands.

In summary, there are still a great number of unknows for which my coach and I need to find some answers.

One thing is for sure if I want to last for 24 hours, I will have to force myself to take a very slow pace from the start. I cannot allow myself to burn out too fast into the event. So, when others do a Murph with me out of solidarity, I have to make sure I stay within my own pace.  If I redline too soon, I’ll never make the full 24 hours.

The training volume continues to steadily increase. By the end of August I had a weekly volume of 4-5 Murps, while now it starts steadily going towards 8.

Since I am traveling, I had a couple of days of de-load, but the training has  now started again in full swing. Yesterday, my coach programmed me 3 consecutive (unweighted) Murphs but in the 1 mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run fashion (meaning without breaking it up in rounds of Cindy) and today I had a 20 K run in pretty lose sand, so it’s not like I am entirely relaxing. And long sessions like this are particularly hard while trying to keep up with intermittent fasting and I must say that today I feel a bit sore.

In any case I’ll keep you all posted on how we are doing with the fundraising and the preparation and we all hope that you all are kind enough to also contribute and help raise funds to give the Children of Bobbi Bear a better future.

Thanks in advance !!!!

Author: Peter Koopmans