That means I receive expert help with my off-season training and nutrition. I've promised to share all that advice with you.
So here is the list products, hand picked by SiS founder Tim Lawson for my off-season training. They should arrive any day now.
We flew out on a Friday, back in a Monday so it truly is a Wild Weekend. I immediately went into a four-day edit, cutting the material into shape, before passing it to Triple Echo Productions for the final edit. In the finished show it's divided into two parts, but I've run them together here.
My first attempt at shooting a white water kayaking video, screened in last month's edition of The Adventure Show for Triple Echo Productions. It's now on Glenmore Lodge's channel so I thought I'd share.
One look at it and you'll think, "that's so simple, why has no one thought of it before"!
[edit - See comments below - they might have!]
It allows you to do table-top chart work in the cockpit of the kayak.
Priced just £14.95, and available from Howard's website, it's the perfect seasonal gift for paddlers.
Howards stayed with us for a night and we shot a proper video which you'll find on his website and YouTube.
After we'd finished I thought we could have a go at a rougher video podcast - you can see the result below.
Next update will be in early January 2013. Subscribe free at SeaKayakPodcasts.com and you won't miss a thing.
Things started for real yesterday with a telephone conversation with SiS founder Tim Lawson. Fifty minutes later my motivation was fully topped-up and head was buzzing with ideas.
If you want to see Tim talking to a Tri magazine, watch the video below. If you want to read what Matt Fisher, another academy member, learnt from his chat with Tim, go here.
Confusingly, health experts disagree on the level that's needed for good health, and the RDA for supplements is very low compared to what many feel is needed. Tim privately told me the quantities of D3 supplement Pro riders are taking which is staggeringly more than the RDA.
While SiS don't have a commercial D3 product, Tim thoroughly supports the idea of D3 supplementation.
Depletion is good & forces adaption. My outdoor rides of up to an hour-and-a-half could also be done fasted. That was new.
Tim recommended I take the risk of feeling really hungry and drained. A little of this when training is good. Apparently. But I should do the long ride fully fuelled and keep taking the 60-80g of carbs during that ride. So don't ride fasted all of the time.
The process isn't fully understood, but good results are being achieved through a fasted training session, followed by a protein meal, then a second training session. Follow-up with quality recovery, carbs and protein, and the results have been positive. Fascinating!
He dismissed my regular breakfast of porridge, seeds and honey as "just a big bowl of carbs" and suggested I cut them down while adding 20g of protein to each meal . How do I do that?
For main meals I have to add more "meaty" protein - fish, tofu or other source, rather than filling the plate with pasta, rice and noodles. "The pros use carbs as fuel", Tim explained. "Increase the amount on hard training days and cut right back on easier training days."
Tim reckons it gives the body a 'protein pool' to help overnight recovery, improve sleep, and help take some of the aches out of the legs on waking.
Winter brings frustrations for the cyclist.
The roads around where we live were icy all day this weekend. Fat tyres might have coped, but skinny ones certainly wouldn't.
So it was time dig out the crampons and axes to head to the hills.
Liz and I feel it's a good thing not to have any 'Munros' on the peninsula, because that means the stunningly beautiful mountains here are largely deserted.
We were the only people on Garbh Bheinn on Saturday.