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I Live with a Neuromuscular / Spinal Condition and plan to 'Challenging My Limits' 2017 my goal was the Lake Zurich 26km Marathon Swim.

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"Happy New Year"

DragonRunnerby DragonRunnerJan 1st 2013
So with the "arrival" of the New Year, most of my year is now all planned out, I will allow for a few minor alterations, but with a lot of luck that will not need to happen very often. My main plan for the year is - not to ever let my disability get me down, it,s not worth it, as I have over the years reassess the situation and find a way to do what the wall is attempting to put in front of me.

I had decided to started my training year the same as 2011, with the Nos Galan Run, a long standing road race in Mountain Ash. The run honours legendary runner Guto Nyth Bran, whose statue is in the town. It is tradition for the "mystery runners" to lay a wreath at the statue of 18th Century runner who inspired the race and to light a beacon to signal the start of the adult and elite athletes' races. The "mystery runners" this year were Paralympian Samantha Bowen (Sitting Volleyball) and Olympian Dai Greene (4th : 400m Hurdles / current Commonwealth and World Champion).

One of the areas that I have set myself is that as part of my race goals, the finishing time / gaining a PB's is not going to be one of them. So for Nos Galan there was two minor areas that I wish to achieve. The first was to run all the way, as I have not really done much running over the last few months, this was going to be a good start. The second was to get around without having to stop to and take my shoes off to rub my feet due to the discomfort. Both of these were achieved, so for me a positive run.

This brings me onto my main goal for last month, which was to get back into the training habit. The idea for this goal is because October / November were set as recovery months after a busy year. I feel this was achieved, specially in the last few weeks of the year, which seen me completed another of the years goals of swimming 100 miles.

As i said earlier 2012 was a busy year, there was numerous Openwater swims, including the Speedo Eton 10k, which help me preparing for a series of swim where I gaining 2nd place in the British Openwater Swim Series (Super Vet), back to back middle distance triathlons (Ironman UK 70.3 and Cotswold 113), along with a few sportives and runs. The only downside for the year was not completing Ironman Wales, however that day I did managed to complete 4 of the 5 goals set for the day. I still consider it to be a successful day.

I am hoping that in the early part of 2013, I will finally get the full diagnosis of the medical condition that is affecting me. One thing that for certain is it going to change my life, probably yes, however this is a good mantra to start "If your life changes because of a disability, reacess how you can do things and move on, don't dwell on what you've lost". I don,t feel that I have lost anything but gained a new focus.

So what lays ahead in 2013.

January : Nos Galan
February : Love Run, Cardiff (a 10k for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy)
April : Swimathon 5k / Llanelli Spring Half
May : Llanelli Sprint Tri / Eton 10k Swim
June: Outlaw Middle Distance Tri / Dragon Sportive
August : Ironman Sweden / Kalmar
September : Great North Run

There may be a few other events added but i will wait and see how I feel a bit closer to the date.

I biggest thing I look forward to will be meeting up with a great bunch of people, namely the members, supporters and coaches of Celtic Tri. Also the people who look after me, thank you.

Finally - to uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them - "Happy New Year" All.
charlieeliseby member: charlieelise, Jan 2nd 2013 10:25
Sounds like you have quite the year ahead. Wishing you the best of luck in smashing those goals and on your diagnosis. Keep us posted!
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