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Reflections from 2013

Ironjediby IronjediJan 6th 2014
Reflections from 2013
Reflections from 2013.


I look back at 2013 and am grateful to the people who have supported me over the year. My wife and children in particular and my friends who put up with me, trained with me and who gave me advice. I set out with a goal to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support doing a handful of events to test my body and mind. I completed every challenge I set myself and in the process raised just over £2000. The events I decided on would help to increase my confidence and test my fitness at key times during training to make sure I hit the start line in September for my Double Ironman in the best shape I could be.

In March I ran the Grizzly and wanted to finish the 20 mile coastal run feeling like I had just warmed up for the big event and be able to run it over again, and I did.

In July I ran “The Outlaw” Ironman and finished in 11 Hours 19 Minutes which included a 2 minute penalty on probably one of the hottest days of the year. Ironman PB.

In August I cycled Ride London Surrey 100 with my wife and helped her to achieve her longest ride to date. We had a great time and an amazing experience riding through London on closed roads. The London Free Cycle Event which took place the day before was pretty cool and the kids loved it.

And then finally I took part in and completed the Double Brutal Iron Triathlon in September in 37 hours 19 minutes. A truly epic experience for all concerned. An amazing life event which will be hard to beat, although I do have some plans for the future.

Late entry into the Exmoor Beast, one of the hardest and hilliest sportives in the country, with my step son, who at 14 years old rode the full 100 miles - outstanding achievement, especially considering the challenge of the wind and the rain. He even managed a pint of Exmoor Beast ale at the end with his two mates!

I turned 40.

I took part in #runcember, a challenge through Twitter (thank you @davmort) where one would have to run every day in December for at least 1 mile. The time ran decided where one would fall on the leader board. I ended in third place. I completed this challenge by running for 222 miles, in 35 hours and climbed 15500ft. I ran in all types of weather, however mainly off road. I was really pleased with this considering I’m not really a runner. It’s funny how it’s the little things that keep you motivated and drag you out when your body, head and the weather are telling you to stay in.

So it’s been a year of achievement down to the love and support of others. And I even got the odd Medal and T-shirt along the way. I mean that’s what it’s all about after all……..isn't it?
Reflections from 2013
 
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