For those who have a keen eye and like a routine, you might have noticed that I didn’t write a post to my blog last week and it was the first time in almost 6 months that I hadn’t. But I made the decision that I would start to post once every fortnight, for two main reasons. Firstly, I am getting incredibly busy. I wanted to make myself busier. To set new goals and challenges and to make a positive difference to those who suffer from cancer. I think I am doing that. But with it I have made myself incredibly busy and almost everyday I am off there is something scheduled. I am definitely not complaining about that because in a way that is what I really wanted. But finding the time to write a blog post the last few weeks has been hard. Secondly I don’t want this blog to become boring or repetitive. It is an opportunity for me to convey to you the things that I am doing, the experiences I am having and how I view the world. I want to keep it positive and current and I want it to be something that people take something from. So I made the decision last week to turn to a post once every fortnight and I hope that will help me out with the two things I have just mentioned.
As I said, I am unbelievably busy. Climbing my munros has taken a total backseat at the minute as my focus on running is becoming absolute. The Stirling Marathon is next month and I know it is going to be one of the hardest physical things I have ever done in my life. Getting the final few weeks prep done right is becoming more and more evident to me. So for the next few weeks I will be doing a lot of running with a few easy bike rides in between just to spin the legs.
I am at the same time very conscious that the North Coast 500 will be upon me extremely quickly and that is probably going to top the marathon as the hardest physical thing I have ever done! Most of the planning and booking for that is done now with a few more overnight stays needing to be finalised but that should be done this week. We are looking into the possibility of getting a cycling kit made up with logos in order to bring attention to the challenge as we are doing it. It will mean that I can help promote it as I am out on my bike prior to and following the event. hopefully that helps raise awareness and get some more people on board with what I am trying to achieve.
This past week I have been looking along with a colleague of mine Steve, at getting some cycling kit made up for wearing whilst training and whilst taking on the NC500. Hopefully it will help draw some attention to the challenge and spread the word a little further. The email has been sent to the company and we have got a quote back for getting the kit made. So once their graphic designer have transferred the designs and its all confirmed we should have some nice shiny kit coming our way!
A challenge in its self that in a way I never really quantified was all of the different challenges I have taken on and the different disciplines that are involved. I can’t just prepare for the marathons and not do any cycling because my legs wouldn’t be able to pedal right on the bike. Balancing the training I am doing whilst still preparing properly for each event is super difficult. It would be much easier if I was just running or just cycling. But I like a challenge and I guess I gave myself another one without realising.
Another injection was needed this week to make sure my vaccinations are all up to date for work. That meant another dreaded trip to Aberdeen to get jabbed in the arm with a needle. Aberdeen is a great city, but getting jabbed with a needle is pretty much my least favourite thing to do in the world! But hey, I now need it for work and it means that I am good vaccine wise to travel anywhere in the world which is a good thing to know. Work have a contract with ‘Charles Michies’ so we go to their travel clinic to be kept up to date. It was a day out to Aberdeen so I guess there is a positive in there somewhere. I’m getting better at the whole needle business though that’s for sure. A top tip: If you don’t like something, do it a lot!
May is shaping up to be possibly the busiest month of the year for me so far. I am flying on the 1st to Bristol to visit family who live in Swindon which is something I have been wanting to do for a while now and I am really looking forward to it. I will be down there from the Monday to Friday flying back to Edinburgh on the 5th. I will be home for the weekend and then on the 8th I will be travelling down to Hampshire for an exercise with the UKISAR team. The exercise will last 3 days before we travel back up the road on the 12th. I’ll then get a couple days break before I will be back in to work.
I have meetings with a couple different schools about the possibility of going to speak with their senior pupils about my challenge and all of the things that I am getting up to. I really like sharing my experiences with people and allowing people to understand why I end up doing the things that I do. I think it’s important to share knowledge and experience and essential that is passed onto the next generation of you adults who will so leave school in to the big bad world where they will have to find their feet. I like to think that I take opportunities when they are given to me and that I work hard to make sure that I achieve them. Too many people don’t take opportunities when they are given them and their lives could be incredibly different if they took a little more risk and really went for things. At least that is my opinion and I think I might have said it before.
The next few weeks are certainly going to be busy. But I am looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of not cramming as much into my life as I should’ve done” – Stephen Sutton
I hope you all have a great easter!