Well that’s my cross season over! No I’m not injured, but coughs and colds since the start of November have just sabotaged it. Yep, I could crawl round and say I took part, but is that the most satisfying use of my time? I think not! Once that ability to dig deep, reaccelerate and totally bury yourself has gone, it’s just going through the motions. I’m just not that kinda gal. In my mind, if you’re gonna do it, do it right or not at all! Realising it was all going ‘pear shaped’ I started to have a think. What I needed was a few targets based around personal achievement rather than pure competition, a few intrinsic goals. The trouble is when you are very competitive in one discipline, with your head stuffed in some training plan, you sometimes miss out! The fun factor can disappear and opportunity passes you by. At nearly 55 I haven’t got time for that, so this is it, new me. (well certainly until next September, old habits don’t die easily) come armed with a pair of fell shoes and a gravel bike. It feels like a breath of fresh air with limited bike cleaning. Whoopee! Most importantly of all, it can only result in success. When you start a new sport there’s only one way to go and that’s up. Sounds like a win win situation to me.
So this is my list so far. It would be great if a few of you shared yours. You never know who you might inspire! I owe mine to quad athlete and all round superwoman, Jean Ashley. After reading her list last year I was inspired to write my own. Cheers Jean, you are an inspiration.
- Grindleford Gallop – 20 mile fell race (With my history of running injuries, this target is immense. If I can do this I can do anything)
- Derwent Duathlon
(Well, at least I am half prepared)
- Gritfest Gravel Enduro
(Long gravel race with timed sections)
- Battle In The Bowl
(Long cross/gravel race in the sun?)
(Tri without the dreaded swim)
- Assorted Local Fell Races
(Huge run up hill followed by leg smashing descent back down)
As for September……………
See you on the start line. I hope 2019 fulfils all your dreams.