In 2010 I signed up to do a 5k charity run. After I finished, the bug had truly bitten me. I signed up within a week to do a triathlon and raised money for a local special needs school despite having no swimming experience or even owning a wet suit or bike. It was a tough 3 months of training all 3 disciplines but I finished the race. Straight after I decided to organise something a little bigger, settling on the '3 Peaks' - climbing the biggest mountain in Scotland, then the biggest in England and then the biggest in Wales, all in under 24 hours this time raising for a local hospice. I organised a team of 12 of friends and friends of friends to take part and drive, sorted out minibuses etc only to have the weather let us down and having to rebook 2 months after. We beat this challenge in July 2012. Next on the list was a 5 day unguided cross country Nordic ski tour for March 2013. Never to keep it simple, I had zero ski experience. On to 2014 and I took a team to trek across 150km of the Sahara. My teams have raised over £20k so far for various local charities and looking forward to planning more in the future, now I have recovered from a nasty rotator cuff injury!
This is a million miles away from the 16 stone centre of the party action I was just a couple of years ago. Don't get me wrong, I still let my (very limited) hair down but this is my priority.
Why I want to get in shape
I think there are so many awesome things to do out there some times I get totally overwhelmed and have to pull myself back. Events, especially as those above being for charity help me keep focus. I know both my team, my sponsorers and the charity are relying on me so I can't let them down, I have to stay fit to perform at optimum levels.
- Charity events I organise/take part in
- Personal Goals
- Be the best I can be
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