So last week marked exactly 7 months since I competed at Challenge Weymouth Ironman. It seems a lot longer ago than that.
On Sunday 13th April I should have run the Brighton Marathon, which I trained for over the winter. Sadly I did not run. I have had a cough now for at least the last 9 weeks (perhaps longer) and decided to pull out of the marathon last week. It was a very hard decision, but I wasn’t getting enough training in and to be honest my chest hurt when I simply breathed in, let alone ran. So whilst the decision not to run was a tough one, it was most probably the right one.
What I was not prepared for was the sense of utter disappointment I felt in myself for not being able to run. As any regular blog readers will know, I compete in major events to raise money for Chestnut Tree House and the fact I was letting down the charity that I care for so deeply affected me a lot more than I thought.
Luckily, my grumpiness about not being able to run was fairly short lived. Mostly this is because my wife does not tolerate any self-loathing behaviour (thank you for that Doc), but also because there are plenty more races and plenty more chances to raise money for Chestnut. It is just deciding exactly what to do.
Once again, as luck would have it (and as Baldrick would say), I have a cunning plan. Part 1 of this plan is simply to sign up again for Brighton Marathon. I have already done this. Because I enjoy a challenge and because my catch phrase is “how hard can it be”, I have decided to run the marathon next year barefooted. More to come on this in future updates.
Part 2 of my plan is to get organised for a big event again. I have done an Ironman and whilst I would love to do another one one day, I am fancying something a bit different.
Enter onto the radar Ride 24, a 24 hour non stop bike ride from Newcastle to London. This is 310 miles in total, takes on over 6,000ft of climbing on the bike and is a hell of a thing to do. Doing anything for 24 hours is tough, but riding a bike for 24 hours non-stop is a fairly decent challenge.
As usual, my Triathlon buddies have rallied around and Bushy, Neil, Mike and Curry are all making noises like they might join in with me. It’s not until August 2017 and after all, how hard can it be?
I am going to try and update the blog more regularly (for those of you who care), so keep your eyes peeled for future updates.