I would never say I was a sporty kid growing up but I sure wasn’t a lazy kid either. I did do some sports growing up, PE class, basketball with friend, karate (I must have watched the Karate Kid!). I was never into football as a kid so I never really got involved with that. I was just one of them kids that was out at the park, riding my bike or exploring (I probably felt like Ray Mears at the time) my local woods, fields and canals.
As I got older most of this dropped off due to college and work. I never got fat or any thing, I don’t really eat crap and was always on my feet at Starbucks, but I sure wasn’t getting fit! This continued until university, during my time at university I learnt squash, went to the gym on and off and so on.
In my fourth year of university a good friend (Joe) of mine who I worked with at Starbucks got me into cycling. I really enjoyed and sort of got hooked on it during the summer, but when winter/university work came my riding became the odd ride here and there. During my final year of university my one and only focus was my grades so my only fitness was cycling to and from university (5 miles each way) as often as I could. Even this was hit and miss with doing many long long day’s working on the Formula Student Car taking over my life!!
At the start of 2012 I bought myself a new bike on the cycle to work scheme and I love her (yeah yeah to me she’s a girl and I call her Julieta!). I was also back to playing squash weekly in a little round robin with the guys from my new job at Force India F1, this was loads of fun and quite competitive which I liked.
Buying my bike gave me a lot of focus to get out on the bike and get my ass moving. So off I set doing all my riding on my own and managed to clock up 823 miles over 59 rides. As I was cycling more I got talking to some of the other cyclists at work more and more. One guy, called Dave, in particular was great to chat to and said about joining him on rides. During the 2012 he also started saying I should do some triathlon’s with him!! Two little issues 1) I couldn’t run and 2) I couldn’t swim!!! So as you can imagine I called him a fool and laughed him off when ever he mentioned. In August I went to visit Joe in North Carolina, he lives on a beautiful lake out there….. While being in this lake I decided to start improving my swimming (I can only do breast stroke), if I wasn’t going to do it now when would I?!? So every day I was in the lake swimming between the docks in the cove and I really enjoyed it, clearly swimming in warm water on days when the air temp was 35oC was always going to be pleasant.
When I got back to the UK, me & Kala joined the local swimming pool and decided to do the Aspire Swim Challenge, this gave me a great target and my swimming improved loads (In summer 1km took me about 40mins and by the end of the challenge I was down to about 25mins). So while doing this challenge Dave was still saying about doing a triathlon, I gave it some more thought and decided that I’d download a couch to 5k app. In November I started running, it was very slow going and I hated every second of every run! By the end of December I had swam 52 miles and ran 77 miles.
At the start of 2013 I took the plunge and said to myself that I would do the Bicester Sprint Tri. Once I had done this it was like a red rag to a bull and I went about setting myself a load of targets to do over the year.
Doing this sure put a spark into me for my running and other training. I finished off the couch to 5k app and I started do the odd Park Run’s. I was pushing myself hard, I was out in the snow, wind & rain and I was loving it. My pace was improving and my distance was increasing and I was getting primed for my first Tri. Come the day of the tri it snowed and the event got cancelled 😦
It was at this point I was grateful for setting myself a list of targets to keep me focused and I did the Silverstone 10k. After doing the 10k I was loving running and some how got roped into signing up to a half marathon, this was not in my list of target’s but hey ho! I’ll do a blog post about the half another day, this post is already becoming a novel……. sorry!
So from the photo below you can see how I did, I also did the Strava Festive500!! I am super proud of my efforts I must say.
So what the issue you ask? Why aren’t I a happy with my fitness? Well the big issue with my training in 2013 was it was still sporadic or too focused on a single event. Some months I would focus on weight training too much, or I put all my focus into getting ready for the half.
So for 2014 I’m planning to raise my game over 2013 and keep focused. That is where this blog comes in, I’m going to document my training and the events I enter hopefully receive advice from fellow fitness bloggers 🙂
So far my plans for 2014 are to do two marathons (Milton Keynes & Yorkshire Marathon), cycle London to Paris, complete stage 2 of the TdF and many more to come.
I hope not to bore you too much over the year with my posts and I promise that my posts wont be this long!!