No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

PRESS UP CHALLENGES: 1 MILLION IN 10 YEARS - AND 100 IN A MINUTE

The story behind this challenge:
I turned 80 last September, and, to provide some motivation to keep pushing myself, I decided it would be a good challenge to see if I could complete 1 million push ups between my 80th and 90th birthday.
I worked out that if I did 2000 a week, 700 every other day (2000 x 50 x 10 years), I would reach my goal. 

However, after I'd begun, I thought I needed to get some 'in the bank' as it were, just in case I had an accident or something, and couldn't do the push ups for a while. So I upped my total to 1000 every other day. I've now been going just over 6 months - when my total was around 70,000. So my target is well within reach. At my present rate of progress, barring accidents, it's possible I could achieve 1 million p/ups in about 6 years - I did 14000 in March, for instance.

Oh, and I'd also like to be able to do 100 perfect press ups in 1 minute. I can do 100 in 60 seconds, ATM, but I couldn't swear they were perfect press ups - so that's my next goal.

As an aside, another reason I'm doing this is to show that vegans can be strong and fit into old age - should I ever get there! :)


17th April 2018

At home all day today, so, in between spending time in the kitchen, I did a few sets several minutes apart, making sure that each one was as perfect as I could make it:
11:25 - 11:48 4 sets of 25 = 100
11:54 - 12:08 3 sets of 34, 33, 33 = 100
12:13 - 13:05 5 sets of 40 = 200
Sub-total = 400

That meant I only needed to do 600 in the evening -
100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

6 blocks of 100 = 600

Total 1000

Cumulative total 78330

15th April 2018

20 every minute for 50 minutes 

Total 1000

Cumulative total 77330


13th April 2018

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 = 

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 76330


8th April 2018

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 = 

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 75330


6th April 2018

25 sets of 20 every minute = 500

Then 100 every 3 minutes for 15 minutes = 500

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 74330


3rd April 2018

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

Then 12 set of 50 every 90 seconds = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 73330



1st April 2018

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 72330


29th March 2018

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 71330


27th March 2018

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 70330


25th March 2018

HIIT over  3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320 

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 69330


23rd March 2018

Relaxed session - over 40 minutes, sets of 50 every 2 minutes

40 x 50 = 1000

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 68330


21st March 2018

HIIT over  3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320 

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 67330


19th March 2018

HIIT over  3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320 

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 66330


17th March 2018

HIIT over  3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320 

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 65330


15th March 2018

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 = 

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 64330


13th March 2018

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 = 

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 63330


10th March 2018

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 = 

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 62330


7th March 2018

30 press ups every minute for 33 minutes = 990 

Total = 990

Cumulative total 61330


5th March 2018

Working hard on form

Over 34 minutes:
7 x 20   = 140
20 x 33 = 660
5 x 40 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 60340


2nd March 2018

HIIT 320

2 sets of 80 = 160

9 x 60 = 540

Total = 1020

Cumulative total 59340


27th February 2018

HIIT 320

Introduced a bit of variety - started a little earlier and working on form

5 x 30 = 150
6 x 40 = 240
1  x 50 = 50
4 x 60 = 240 
Total = 1000

Cumulative total 58320


25th February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 57320


23rd February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 56320


20th February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000


Cumulative total 55320


Sunday18th February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 54320



Wednesday 14th February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 70 = 140

1 set of 60

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 54320



Saturday 10th February 2018

HIIT 320

8 sets of 80 = 640

1 set of 40

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 52320


Wednesday 7th February 2018

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 70 = 140

1 set of 60

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 51320


Monday 5th February 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 50320



Sunday 28th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 50280


Tuesday 23rd January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 49240


Saturday 20th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 48200



Thursday 18th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 47160



Tuesday 16th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 46120



Saturday 13th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 45080



Thursday  11th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 44040



Tuesday 9th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 43000


Sunday 7th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 41960


Friday 5th January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 40920


Wednesday 3rd January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 39880



Monday 1st January 2018

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 38840



Thursday 28th December 2017

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 37800



Friday 22th December 2017

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 36760


Tuesday 19th December 2017

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 35720


Sunday 17th December 2017

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 34680



Friday 15th December 2017

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040


Cumulative total 33640


Monday 11th December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes  = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 32600



Saturday 9th December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes  = 720

Total = 1040




Cumulative total = 31560


Saturday 9th December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

(I'm trying to improve my form by going deeper into each press up, so I'm now doing sets of 60 every 2 minutes. I can still do this routine whilst watching the Sky newspaper review followed by the BBC paper review on iPlayer.)

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes  = 720

Total = 1040



Cumulative total = 30520

Thursday 7th December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320
Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 720

Total = 1040



Cumulative total = 29480

Tuesday 5th December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320
Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 720

Total = 1040



Cumulative total = 28440

Sunday 3rd December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320
Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 720

Total = 1040



Cumulative total = 27400

Friday 1st December 2017

HIIT in 3:50 = 320
Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 720

Total = 1040


Cumulative total = 26360

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Change in routine today - I've decided to increase the HIIT portion of my workout to 8 sessions of 40 every 30 seconds - so:

HIIT in 3:50 = 320
Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 25320

Monday 27th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 24280

Saturday 25th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 23260

Tuesday 21st November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 22240

Saturday 18th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 21220

Wednesday 15th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 20200

Monday 13th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 19180

Saturday 11th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 18160

Thursday 9th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 17140

Tuesday 7th November 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 16120

Sunday 5th November
Had a few days break - 3 of them walking in the Wye valley, Herefordshire, with some good friends. 

As is our custom on these weekends (this was our 58th - my 32nd), we had a charity collection and it was decided that I was to be the recipient.

To express my thanks, I did a demo of my press ups, achieving 109 in one minute. In the evening I did my usual HIIT and then continued with sets of 60 every 90 seconds while the evening newspaper reviews lasted.

25 (as a warm-up)
109
240
660

Total 1034 + 14066 =

15100 cumulative total 


[31st Oct 2017 - I've done it! Here's the BBC's report on it - pics and interview.

I absolutely smashed my original 100 target, achieving 127 press ups inside 60 seconds on my third set. Total so far = 14066. Story below.]

In July 2016, I managed 1175 press ups in 1 hour, raising £850 for the local YMCA and Taunton Association for the Homeless. I did this by doing a set of 20 press ups every minute, roughly, for the hour. 

I’ve kept practicing and my plan for this year's challenge is to see how many I can do in one minute. To my surprise, I’ve built up to over 100 in one minute.

I turn 80 in a few days or so, and my intention is to raise more money for charity by getting a 1 minute video of my efforts up on to YouTube. I'm still improving, and there's no doubt I'll smash my 100 press up target.

I also intend to do 1 million press ups between my 80th and 90th birthdays. To accomplish this I need to do 100,000 a year, approx 2,000 a week. I want to leave a day’s rest between my efforts, and have Sunday off, so a routine of 650 on 3 days of the week is what I'm aiming for.

BBC film and interview on my challenge.

Tuesday 31st October 2017 - THE DAY!

All went well - I had three attempts at a record:

00-01 109
05-06 119
10-11 127

Total 355

All three were filmed, both by BBC Somerset (see report above) and the YM. As soon as I do, I'll post a link. I was given good support from the YM team, who provided both a timer and a counter. I had an audience of around 30 people (including one vegan!) who were very encouraging. 

This evening I did the rest of the thousand I'm doing every other day: 

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 7 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 420
With the 355 from earlier in the day, that equates to: 

Total = 1015


Cumulative total = 14066


Sunday 29th October 2017

Thought I needed to do a dress rehearsal before my challenge attempt this coming Tuesday - but I didn't want to do it the day before. So I need to do it today.

00-01 102 press ups
04-05 111
08-09 116
12-13 126
16-17 130

Total 585

I was very happy with that - I feel I'm in good shape for Tuesday.

Cumulative total = 13051

Saturday 28th October 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 660

That gave me 900. Finally I did 123 press ups in 60 seconds.

Total = 1023


Cumulative total = 12466

My original target was 2000 a week - roughly 700, 3 days per week. So, 4 weeks in I'm over 4000 ahead of schedule. But I'm conscious that at any time I could suffer from something that stops me exercising. That's one reason I've upped my exercise routine - the other reason is that I like to push myself - and 1000 is a nice round number. Takes me round about 22 or so minutes. As I progress, no doubt I'll reduce the time between each set.

Wednesday 25th October 2017

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 660

That gave me 900. Finally 2 sets of 50.

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 11443

Monday 23rd October 2017

Smashed my first target of 10,000 tonight - 100th of the way to 1 million!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 660

That gave me 900. Finally 2 sets of 50.

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 10443

Saturday 21st October 2017

Bit of a change tonight - I decided to leave a longer gap between sets (after I've done my HIIT) to allow me to improve my form. I want there to be no doubt about any of my press ups when I go for my one minute challenge - in only 10 days, now!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds  = 660

That gave me 900. In the final set, I then went for a full minute to see how many I could do - and managed 128.

Total = 1028

Cumulative total = 9443

Thursday 19th October 2017
HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then sets of 60 every minute x 10 = 600

Then sets of 60 every 70 seconds x 3 = 180

Total = 1020


Cumulative total = 8415.

Monday 16th October 2017
HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then sets of 60 every minute x 5 = 300 

Then sets of 60 every 75 seconds x 6 = 360
Then sets of 50 every 75 seconds x 2 = 100

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 7385.

Saturday 14th October 2017
HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then sets of 60 every minute x 7 = 420 
Then sets of 60 every 90 seconds x 4 = 240

This gave me a total of 900 - since I was aiming for 1000, I thought I'd do the last 100 in one go.

Whilst I was doing this last set I thought, "Why not  do a full minute and see how many I can manage?"

So I kept going - and finished with 130 in 60 seconds, a new personal best!

Today's total 1030.

Cumulative total = 6385.

Thursday 12th October 2017
Out to the Brewhouse theatre tonight - no beer involved - to see Ronnie Scott's All Stars Quintet. Once again a fabulous night's entertainment!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240
Then sets of 60 initially every minute x 3 = 180 
Then sets of 60 every 75 seconds x 8 = 480
Finally sets of 50 every 75 seconds x 2 = 100


So, 240 + 180 + 480 + 100 = 1000

Cumulative total = 5355. 


My projected target is 650 every other day,  so I'm ahead by about 800, which means I can miss the odd day or so if necessary.

Tuesday 10th October 2017
Bit tired tonight - I had had a beer in the interval of the play I was watching at the Tacchi-Morris Theatre*. That possibly affected my initial performance.

So my HIIT was 30 press ups every 30 seconds x 6 = 180.

Then I did 50 every 60 seconds x 14 = 700 (once I got going, I was fine, so I just kept going until the end of the BBC paper review)

180+700=880 (in 17:25)


Cumulative total = 4355 

That's 2 weeks, now, so I'm 355 ahead of my target.

It's definitely getting easier. That's the thing about these press ups - my progress is measurable, almost every session!

(*Brainstorm - production by Heathfield Yr 11 pupils. It was brilliant, can't praise it too highly!)

Sunday 8th October 2017
I've now decided, for my HIIT, to go for 6 sets of 40 every 20 seconds. This makes it a lot easier to work out, and each set takes me roughly 20 seconds.

HIIT = 240
Then sets of 60 every 75seconds x 8 = 480

So, 720 inside 14 minutes

Cumulative total 3475

Thursday 5th October 2017
HIIT = 236
Then sets of 60 every 75seconds x 8 = 480

So, 716 in around 15 minutes

Cumulative total 2755

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
My HIIT - (20 seconds flat out, 10 seconds rest x 6)
00:00-02:50  = 230 within 3 minutes 
05:00-15:00 every 75 seconds I did 60 press ups = 480

I added an extra set of 60 today, so 8 sets;- and I was a bit more relaxed about timing. I want to stay ahead of my weekly target just in case anything happens sickness, holidays, etc. I shall aim for 700+ each time, just to give me that leeway. 


Today's total = 710


Cumulative total 2039 (So 39 up!)

Sunday 1st October 2017
My HIIT - (20 seconds flat out, 10 seconds rest x 6)
00:00-02:50 = 230 within 3 minutes 
05:00-13:00 every 75 seconds I did 60 press ups = 420


Today's total = 650


Cumulative total = 1329

Friday 29th September 2017
Well, a few days late, my challenge has begun. 

679 press ups today:
I did one minute at the YMCA, to get the folks down there to check on my form. Two fitness experts there told me I was spot on, no need to worry. 

I managed 109 in the minute.
This evening I did my HIIT - flat out press ups for 20 seconds, then rest for 10. Repeat 5 more times. This gave me 218 within 3 minutes. I followed this up with 50 every 75 seconds - 352.

109
218
352
Total = 679

So, day one  - 679, on track!

Sunday 17th September 2017

Preparation for one million press ups:
A couple of days ago, on Thursday 14th September, I did 600 in 12 minutes. My usual modus operandi is to begin my routine with 6 sets of HIIT press ups - so, flat out press ups for 20 seconds, then rest for 10. Repeat 5 more times. I average about 33 press ups in each 20 seconds, so I’m up to 200+ in under 3 minutes. I rest for 1 minute and then go for 50 every minute. I’ve done 8 of these in the past - (8x50=400) - so another 50 should be well within my reach, and that’ll give me 650.

As you can see, each day's routine is only going to take about 13 minutes, so it's not going to take a huge chunk out of my day.

(I tend to do my exercise at 10.30 in the evening, when both Sky and BBC news do their paper reviews.)

Tonight, Saturday 16th, I’m aiming for 1000 - just to see if I can do it. I should be able to do this inside 20 minutes:
200 in 3 minutes doing my HIIT;
Rest for one minute;
50 every minute for 16 minutes;

= 1000.

Update:
I did it - 1000 press ups in 20 minutes. It was hard, but I know now, if I wanted to see how many I could do in an hour, I could manage 3000 - it's within my reach, I feel sure. But that's not on my horizon at the moment - I've got the 100 in 1 minute challenge first (which I've already done several times whilst practicing), followed by the 1 million between my 80th and 90th birthdays.

I must confess that, towards the end of my routine, since each set of 50 takes me less than 30 seconds, I put back the start of each set by 5 seconds - so that instead of finishing my routine tonight at 19 minutes 30 seconds, I finished it just inside on the 20 minutes.  

As an aside, I've just checked my VO Max:
Given my age, my VO Max should be 32 - but apparently, I have the fitness level of a 49yr old and my VO Max is 45.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't even do one press up! Good luck, I'll be cheering you on.

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