For a bilateral, above-the-knee amputee, just walking takes anywhere between 300 and 500 per cent more energy than it does for an able-bodied person. For running that increases to 600 or 700 percent. Add in the fact that I’m missing my right arm, and I’m not sure about the percentage, but you’ll have to take my word for it, it is knackering.
And it’s not just the physical effort. You have to be really careful with the road surfaces, always keeping an eye out for changes in camber and potholes – not just big ones, either, anything can be a hazard. To give you an idea, once I tripped over a crisp packet and nearly knocked my teeth out.
I am about to start training. I don’t like running, but that is precisely why I chose this challenge, because it’s hard. That’s what REORG is all about, doing things that are tough and hopefully getting the rewards for it.I will be training with my mate Ben Wadham, another former Royal Marine Commando.
Ben is able bodied so he will be running backwards with a weighted vest on, trying to match my energy expenditure. And we want to get other people involved, do something tough, something that challenges you. As soon as we’ve set a date and time we will let you know, so everyone can join in. Right, the hard work starts now…