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WE CAUGHT UP WITH STU MORTON, A FORMER ROYAL MARINE WHO IS ATTEMPTING A SOLO ATLANTIC ROW

Posted on November 01 2016

Stu Morton, a former Royal Marines Commando, will be attempting a solo row of the Atlantic in January 2018. 

The row will raise money for the Jonny Wilkinson Foundation (http://www.jonnywilkinsonfoundation.com) and Rock 2 Recovery (https://rock2recovery.co.uk), two charities that focus on helping people with Mental Health conditions. The route, from Portugal to Venezuela, is over 3,800 miles and will take between 60 and 100 days to complete. The www.gymtote.co.uk team find out more about the man behind the row! 

TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT THE ROW

As a former Royal Marine, I believe it’s incredibly important to constantly push and challenge ourselves as often as we can. I want to show that even though some of us suffer from mental health issues after traumatic experiences, it doesn’t mean that we’re weak-minded and unable to push ourselves mentally. My aim is to become the fastest person to row from mainland Europe to mainland South America and to hold the World Record for this feat. 

 HOW ARE YOU TRAINING FOR IT?

I'm pretty active anyway and train 6 days a week with a slow run on the seventh day just to get moving. I'm rubbish at sitting still (as weird as that might sound for the row!) I train at Reebok CrossFit Tyneside with Jordan Wallace; the bulk of my workouts are CrossFit based but with an emphasis on longer workouts with quite a bit of volume. I train heavy three times a week and ensure a pulling movement is incorporated everyday. I'm not training on a rower that much as I'll have my boat in a few weeks. I've got 12 months to train on the boat before the departure date - most ocean rowers don't have that much time with their boats pre departure so I'm pretty lucky. I have a few marathons and ultra marathons planned between now and the row as I've always been a keen runner. The next one is a trail running marathon on November 20th.

ARE YOU DOING ANY SPECIAL MENTAL PREPARATION FOR THE ROW?

Because of my background in the Royal Marines I'm quite used to being in hostile environments and having to be mentally tough/resilient. As well as relying on my past experience, I'm also working with Adam DeHaty at Get Ahead Coaching, a sports psychologist.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE WAYS TO RELAX?

I'm not good at sitting still, so my favourite ways to relax are walking the dog or running. They're great ways to clear the head and offer me some good thinking time.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE WORKOUT?

Being ex military I'm a big fan of workouts that you can do anywhere. There's a CrossFit workout named 'Murph' which was devised by Lt Mike Murphy Navy Seals. He was the commander of Operation Red Wings and heroically gave his life to save the life of Marcus Luttrell in Afghanistan. 

The workout is:

  • Wearing a 20lbs vest
  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

Go hard - anything around 30-35 mins is a decent time!

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 TRAINING TIPS?

I'm not a qualified trainer, but for me personally they are:

  1. Technique is everything, make sure you learn the movement properly before you go heavy
  2. Attack any workout with everything you have
  3. Create variety in your training and constantly challenge yourself
  4. Play the mental game too, it's way more important than you think
  5. REST! I'm such a hypocrite with this one but rest IS important. I need to learn to listen to my body more and take time out when I need it. 

 

WHAT DO YOU EAT ON A TYPICAL DAY?

I eat pretty much the same food everyday and it doesn't bother me that much. I eat out once a week usually and don't really limit myself on what it might be, balance is important.

  • Breakfast is usually 4 scrambled eggs, 3 bacon, a handful of spinach and a slice of sourdough
  • (Train from 0900-1200)
  • Protein shake, banana
  • 1400hrs chicken, rice, veg
  • (Train 1500-1630)
  • Protein shake or Battleoats bar (https://www.battleoats.com)
  • 1900hrs chicken or steak, rice or sweet potato with veg.
  • 2100hrs porridge with protein powder
  • Lots of flapjacks and the odd packet of hardbody here and there too

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 TRACKS TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD TO TRAIN?

  1. About today (Warrior soundtrack)
  2. Waking up (Lone Survivor soundtrack)
  3. Last of the Mohicans title theme
  4. Macklemore - Can't hold us
  5. Ayla - Tiesto

 

WHAT 5 THINGS COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

  1. Skiing
  2. Flapjacks
  3. Mountains
  4. Books
  5. Dog walks

To find out more, interview or get in touch with Stu email - stumorton1@me.com or drop him a call on +44 7958 489256 http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trans-atlantic-solo-row

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