words from Paul:
although I also go under the name "Beowulf" which is my Concept2 forum
name. It has become an adopted
motivation name which I use to gear myself up for the "pain" sessions…
and it might have something to do with traditionally fast finishes to races.
I am originally from Yorkshire in the UK
although my father's family is from Belfast. I moved to Cork in Ireland in 2005
and have lived and worked there ever since.
I moved to Ireland I weighed in at about 120kg (18st 12lbs). I played No.6 for
my rugby club’s first team every Saturday and trained in the gym five days a
week - weights and some indoor rowing for CV.
When I moved to Cork I stopped
the rugby and took up an old sporting interest in American Football for four
seasons but in 2009 I finished with this. Gym work came to a halt at around the
same time. Then the inevitable happened and I gained weight, which somehow
worked its way up to about 137kg (21st 8lbs).
to do something about it and so in March 2010 at the ripe old age of 35 I
started back in a gym and after reasonable amount of CV work I got down to
127kg (20st 0lbs), but I needed more motivation and a goal. I was no longer
playing rugby or American football and I needed a reason to go to the gym or I
would get bored and start skipping it.
is when a flash of inspiration appeared in the form of a "Gym
Challenge" at my local gym. I only found out about it 24 hours before the
competition (1km bike, 1km x-trainer, 1km run, 1km row) but gave it a go
anyway. Now the run was not pretty, but I came fourth overall and noticed that my
rowing smashed the rest of the guys. It was not long before I found the concept2.com website and realised that my 1k erg score was a reasonable time
for the distance.