Happy New Year

Fingers crossed I have got rid of the cold I had. It was more a throat infection then a cold. Main symptom was a sore throat and tiredness rather than the runny nose etc you get with a cold.

I am writing this blog poolside from Sunny Sharm (Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt). I had to fly out for some ‘business’. I arrived early evening yesterday (Sunday) and fly back tomorrow so it really is a flying visit. I am also on my own for the trip. My wife opted to stay at home rather than spend a day travelling, another day on various building sites and then another day travelling. Wise woman my wife.

I arrived OK yesterday but didn’t sleep too well last night and resulted in me being wide awake at 4am this morning. In the end I got up at 6.30am and did an easy 40 mins run at 7am around Naama Bay. Then did a monty stretch session and exercises on the back and core. All the things Physio4Life told me to do. Was really nice to get out running again after the illness but also in the sun. Those runs where it’s like you are the only person up and about, sun breaking through the clouds (of which there were only a few).

It was bliss.

So it’s New Year’s Eve – Two questions:

What was 2012 all about?

And what’s in store for 2013?

2012 – The positives

I did a half marathon (stand alone)

I did a half iron man – not only that I did it in under 6 hours (thanks again Mark, this was all down to you).

I got my weight down to a trim 70KG for the event.

I ‘met’ Mark and signed him up as my coach and he is excellent – a real find. He does such well structured programs that are easy to follow and fit in and they make a difference on my performance. I am running stronger then ever before and there is just the feeling nothing is impossible.

Got a new bike.

2012 – The negatives

Was out for so long with the back/knee injury. Really threw me off my stride.

Work went mental and even if I wasn’t injured I am not sure what I could have done event wise and training wise.

2013

Two key resolutions:

1)   I am not going to drink alcohol in 2013.

2)   I am going to try and get the work / life balance better aligned

One of them will be very easy and one very hard, sadly the first is the easy one!

Regarding triathlon goals for 2013 that will have to wait as I am seeing Mark on Sunday to have a chat about what I could do/should do re events in 2013, training schedules, health and linked to that nutrition (my achillies heel) . I am really looking forward to this meeting. Firstly to meet Mark in person, but also to chat about me and all of the above.

Key questions like:

–                    In view of my poor work / life balance what can I realistically expect to achieve in 2013.

–                  How can I lose weight and then stay at a constant weight. I balloon up (like now) then go on a crash diet and lose loads of weight and then get ill. I want to get to my race weight of 70KG and maintain that for the year. Quitting the drink will help this.

I have also highlighted weaknesses I want to focus on, obvious ones are:

–                    core strength and conditioning (which is why I got injured)

–                    running better (want to beat my 10K and half marathon PB’s)

And also some other ones I have been thinking about e.g. hill climbing on the bike I am weak at. You know the real ‘chain breaker’ climbs where you are going to die if you don’t stop and then some older gent whizzes past you like you are standing still.

So next Sunday will be a real key day and probably the most important ‘session’ of 2013.

Thanks for reading. And HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Darren

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