UltraHumps: RFL Time Again

Hi blog followers

Welcome to my weekly blog for my journey towards the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series as we head into Christmas week.

This week I proved myself to be injury free (touch wood). I have had a Physio appointment and my physio took little time to say she was happy with my previously reported injured arm and no further appointments were required with the Physio for my arm. Her main focus was to look at my strained thigh.  She gave me some excellent stretches to do. The problem really boils down to not being 21 anymore. There is a follow up appointment in the New Year, but in the interim my Physio has given me daily stretching to balance with Coach Ray’s Training Plans.

To truly test both my arm and leg, I had an Army Required Fitness Level (RFL) Test during the week. I have never been concerned with the time allocation for the 2.4 km run as I have always considered myself a reasonable runner, but with a strained thigh I must admit I was concerned. I did however get through it with a couple of minutes to spare so I was pretty happy. The next part was press ups.  Once again with an arm injury (which has just come right) I was concerned, but I got through them and some under the watchful eye of the Army Physical Training Instructor.  I am so happy with how my run and press ups went. I got through the other required activity with relative ease.

Ultra HumpsThat aside, as we finish for Christmas  I took the opportunity to go through and clean up my gear. This includes my event bike (Cervelo) and training bike (Giant) (photos enclosed). I religiously clean my event bike after events and double check it before an event, but took this opportunity to tidy it up. As for my training bike, I don’t clean it as much as I should, with it taking second, third or fourth place to family, training and work. Man was it filthy with the chain in desperate need of some TLC. It runs like a dream now, just in time for some intense training from Coach Ray to continue my preparation for the Port of Tauranga Enduro Half Ironman, being the 5th event of 8 for the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series (the 3rd and final event of the IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series phase).

Take care team.  I wish all Qwik Kiwi athletes and blog followers a Merry Christmas and to be safe over the festive season.  Happy training!

Regards John Humphries (aka UltraHumps).

Humps will be writing weekly as he continues his journey raising funds for the Fallen Hero’s Trust

Read Humps’ article from last week here:

UltraHumps: The Heart of the Issue

And all his previous articles are stored here:


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