I have been writing these BLOGs for a while now and I'm hoping you're finding them informative, I really appreciate you taking the time to read them over.
But other than a short introduction on my first post, I've not really given you much real insight into my world - the world of professional wrestling, that is.
So, let’s get you up to speed!
I'm currently into the 11th year of my career. A career that has taken me all across the world, that still offers opportunities, either in this country, abroad or even with major companies such as WWE, which is pretty cool.
This years Easter period was a VERY busy one for me, when the schools are off is my busiest period. Not only am I doing my regular weekend work but I have plenty of weekday work too, due to holiday camp sites like Butlins showcasing wrestling shows.
The schedule on travel alone is taxing, my usual week would be waking up at 7:30AM Tuesday morning. On the road by 9 heading down to Bognor, no doubt with a few pick ups on the way as we usually car share (Bognor is roughly a 6 hour drive with traffic and a stop). Then, once at the site we have to begin ring set up, we have an hour to grab some food then get ready for the show!
The following day we make the journey back up north to skegness for the show that day. Same again, set up, eat, wrestle, take down...
The following day it's another 6 hours across to Minehead - continuing into the weekend.
My final Easter week however had me making some international bookings, which meant after Minehead I had to drive all the way back to Hull where I’m from…get 2 hours sleep, change my bag over, then head to Manchester airport to catch my flight over to Denmark, where I was competing on the Friday evening! #BusyTimes
Saturday I was driven over to Kiel in Germany, spent the evening on the promoters pull out bed in his living room, then taken to the airport first thing Sunday morning to fly into London where I had my final show of the Easter run. That would then mean a train journey home after which I'd finally get in at 1am Sunday evening (Monday morning) - this is when I struggle to maintain a fitness lifestyle and get enough rest. My body clock gets so shaken up pretty frequently as you can imagine, thrown into the mix with of all the travelling, wrestling and hitting the gym whilst away…it’s not easy.
This is before I get to how bad it is to eat at airports!
The food variety is never the greatest and not being able to take certain foods through security also doesn't help. Thankfully I had a fist full of Grenade Carb Killa bars in my travel case with me and my CNP Pro Fuel just in case I got desperate for sources of quality food or missing meals. Especially when travelling through Europe these became super helpful, as most garages only had poor choices of sandwiches and chocolate. Again this goes back to my 5 P's (see previous blog) when I'm on the road in England it's easy to prepare and have food with me - unfortunately when flying overseas I don't have that luxury. Protein bars do come in very useful in these situations as well as other supplements that I usually use as in betweens for my regular diet.
I managed to enjoy a week at home, attending to my garden, smashing the gym and eating clean and plentiful, before I had a huge weekend in early May and the week after that was a very busy week away, as the bank holiday rolled in again heading into the last week of May and early June. 10 straight days on the road with one visit home in between.
I will make a point though of stating that I love my job and I love being busy!
I enjoy life on the road, I guess I have somewhat of a gypsy soul in that sense. I'm a traveller and I enjoy the adventure that comes with it, which is a good job I suppose!
If you have any questions about my journey or want tips, make sure to comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!