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A Day Out at the INM

My teammate, Andy Hodge, and I were recently invited down to the Institute of Naval Medicine to be put through our paces by the physiology staff just to see how tough we really were.

I won’t lie, at this stage of the four-year training cycle I was nothing less than terrified about the VO2 Max tests and the Afghanistan environment simulation chamber. But down we went for the fun of it.

I’m sure that the team could have had us crying like the best of them in no time if they’d put us through punishment even on the same scale as our marines and sailors. Luckily for us they were merciful.

The tests played to our strengths. A lung capacity test for me, which went to plan and then lung function tests for both of us on our favourite rowing machine! Hodge rounded off the day with an endurance hike at 34 degrees in full combats with most of the extra weight. Again, I think they were being kind to us – I imagine it’s more like 54 degrees with added sand, no water, lots more weight and gunfire! If you want to read how we got on, please see this link:

In all seriousness, thank you to the INM for looking after us so well and teaching us a thing or two. Also, I send my most sincere best wishes to the men and women in the middle-east. You are all so brave. Keep up the good work and have a Merry Christmas. I hope to see you soon.


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