Cold Feet

A Teacher's Tale

Jun 2007


To Portsmouth for the first round of extensive physiological testing that will form the backbone of Phil's project.


A close eye kept on the old bald bloke

I think that the pictures explain the nature of these two gruelling but fascinating days more eloquently than mere words can ever do;
Here they are.
I was relieved to find that my fitness is good and that there were no peculiarities of physiology to worry about. However, there were some oddities with the CIVD (cold-induced vascular dilation) test. That's the one with the middle finger in the icy water. Phil's trace showed indication of possible cold-injury in the past. Perhaps the consequence of his history as a rower? This means (apparently) that he can make a good living as a fish-filleter if the teaching becomes too much of a drag! Mine showed a very odd shutdown to blood flow for the entire 20 minutes, but we think that this was possibly an artefact of the testing. We will have to wait to find out if this represents anything real.
I think that the twenty years I have on the other three have not taken too great a toll on me yet.
We will be tested again just before we leave (end of October) and within a day or two of returning to the UK to see if anything about us has been changed by the experience of camping on the ice for a month.
During a lull in testing, Phil, Steve and Ruth managed to make a great little film about the Antarctic kit that we will be wearing and Amy's David has turned the footage into a great little instructional video. You need to see this too: Antarctic Kit.

Amy has also created a great little film about four of these tests which you can see here: Portsmouth Film