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Tribesports User of the Week: Jonathan H

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Posted by Jonathan H on 23 May 2012 at 11:00 PM

Jonathan H you are user of the week!

As one of our oldest and most treasured users, it’s been a long time coming that you would receive the honour of User of the Week! Do you have a gushing Oscars award style acceptance speech ready?

I am in shock-so I’ll overlook the ‘oldest’! I must admit that when I got the news, I made some high pitched happy noises!

Joking aside though, there are so many people on TS with inspirational stories of obstacles being conquered and amazing challenges completed, that it really is a high honour. Every time that I log on to the site, you see people working hard, giving encouragement and advice on how to complete challenges-and then later I see those challenges being completed. TS and the community that makes it what it is, is the reason that I am so much fitter than I have ever been, and doing things that this time last year I would not have been able to do. So I’d like to say thank you TS, and thanks to all the TS users, and I’d also like to thank my Mam, and my Dad and... :-D

You've conquered your fear of heights by abseiling the Poole water tower. Which other of your many achievements are you most proud of and which was the toughest?

I’m going to say Run for 45 min without walking Challenge. This year is the first year since I was 14-15, that I have done any running. When I was 15 I dislocated my left knee for the first time, and continued to have problems and further dislocations until I had an operation on it back in 2007. A few bits of keyhole surgery, some bone sawing, moving and bolting down and a nights nap later, and I had a couple of bolts in my shin, and a fixed leg, yay! However, running hurt...but at the time, that didn’t bother me, as I preferred cycling anyway! I still love cycling. But a friend challenged me to take up running, and being in a funny mood, I agreed! I’ve had a little chat with my GP, I’ve been running this year, and the pain has eased, and mostly gone now. My fitness has improved no end, and when I finally completed this challenge, I was so happy. Also, so tired, but it was definitely worth it. I am now doing the parkrun 5ks every Saturday morning in the lovely setting of Poole Park, and with Run for an hour without walking in my sights, I have my 1st 10k event coming up Sunday 27/05... 

I have become an actual runner!

Incidentally, the run is in aid of the Maternity Unit Equipment appeal at Poole Hospital, so if you would like to show your support, please vist my Just Giving page here. Thanks!

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 pieces of equipment would you take with you?

Hmmm. Okay, assuming the traditional desert island: mostly sand, some rocks, and a few coconut palms in the middle, I would take a hatchet, very strong sun cream and a fully charged satellite phone. The hatchet can open coconuts, cut trees to make shelter, steepen the learning curve on my sporadic juggling and defend me from sharks/savages/dinosaurs. Sun cream to stop me burning of course, and the satellite phone would hopefully have a built in gps tracker, so I might, perhaps, maybe, be able to track my runs around the island! Oh, and order takeaway too!

Is there a Challenge which you’ve been struggling to complete? What better week to finish it in than when you are User of the Week?

I am considerably less good at press ups than I would like to be! I had aimed at taking baby steps towards 5000 push-ups in May 2012. The challenge has increased in difficulty now though, as due to other commitments, I have only been able to start it more than half way through May! Still, I will certainly be able to say that I can do press-ups once this is complete! :-)

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Too many to mention properly, to be honest! But a few that really spring to mind; Alina G for running up hills whilst towing her children, Hideki S, always there with a kind word from around the world, and Neil C both comically and inspirationally uplifting! Everyone else on TS makes me happy too! :-)

Are you looking forward to your Tough Mudder attempt or shaking in your boots?

A mixture of both, hah! I am expecting it to be a mixture of pain, bloody-minded fun and hard, hard work! At the moment I am more looking forward to it, I’m sure the boots will be a-shaking closer to the time though! From what I’ve seen of the recent Midlands event...well...well done to everyone who took part! Wowsers!

Which part do you think will be toughest?

It is the sheer endurance required to get though all that mud! I hate getting dirty! :-D They haven’t announced the specific obstacles for the South Coast event yet, but of those that I have seen, the one I dread the most is the 15ft drop into the cold water-I do not like heights, so that will be a real challenge. I am planning on finding some good spots to practice jumping into the sea this summer, will need to build up a bit of tolerance for that one. Of course, the fact that the water may clean me off a bit will help too! :-)

Your sister Joanne is on site, is there a lot of sibling rivalry between you two on the leaderboard?

There has been a bit of a hiatus on that recently, as she has been living with dial up internet! But having recently moved, I think that she will be trying to catch me up again soon! ;-) It is a great spur to have someone who you get on well with to compete against, so I am looking forward to her having proper internet/TS access again. I’m proud to say that Joanne recently completed her first half-marathon, so I’m sure it will be a challenge retaining my current lead over her!

What’s your favourite sports quote?

We must all suffer from one of two pains; the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is that discipline weighs ounces and lasts a moment while regret weighs tons and lasts a lifetime!
Jim Rohn

Thanks to Ravindra T for that one.

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