I’ve been neglectful of the blog over the past few weeks. Unfortunately it’s a necessary evil as I’m pretty much spending every spare waking hour writing the second book. The deadline is looming like the grim reaper at a hospital bed.
I have to get it handed in by the end of September. I’m confident that it’ll be done on time and hopefully it won’t need too much editing. My readers that have been perusing over each chapter so far have been positive about it all. Which is a good thing. I have to immerse myself in the story, at the moment when I’m out running or sat at the dinner table I’m constantly writing in my head. The trick is to remember it all when I actually get time to sit down with my laptop.
But it’s not all been writing, writing, writing I’d go insane if it was. I’ve had a wonderful two weeks off work with my family.
I’ve also managed to do some training, mostly strength work on my dodgy leg in the garage using the TRX, which is a great piece of kit. I’ve also been running, putting in a 30 mile week last week. And sunday saw me out on the bike with Andy H, the first time we’ve managed to get out since May. We took in a steady 31 miles around the lanes and just made it back before the heavens opened.
The realignment of my thinking and processing of food is going well and I’m now 16 pounds down. A couple more and I’ll be under the sixteen stone barrier. I want to be under the fifteen stone one by the end of the year, with an aim to be below fourteen for racing next summer.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching over what I will be doing next year. I had a plan in my head but I think realistically I need to shelve that for a year, and give my body time to adjust and get strong. I need my legs to be good again. For what I want to do I’d need to be in the shape of my life. There will also be other constraints on life next year with the new book I’ll lose weekends to signings and events, something that played havoc with training last year. Next year was going to be about distance, now it will be about speed.
I’m genuinely gutted to put those plans on ice until 2014 but although my heart thinks I’m wrong, my head knows I’m right. So as they say on Dragons Den, I’m out. I don’t want to fail, I want to succeed and not just scrape through so regrettably my plans to do a Double Ironman in 2013 will be moved back a year.
Ever since I’ve got into Ironman racing my goal has always been to go under 12 hours, I’m 58 minutes shy of that. I’m working with a new coach and have a wonderful opportunity to better myself, I WANT to achieve my goal. I believe I will. I need to be light, I need to be lean and I need to make huge improvements in my cycling and running and I need to rediscover the hunger that I had in 2009 going into Frankfurt. I think I have that hunger again, I won’t waste it.
So 2013 I will be racing Ironman. I will be leaving nothing out on the course or the training routes. It’s time to stop playing, it’s time to realise my potential. I’ll either be at The Outlaw – I’ve some serious unfinished business on that course or in Bolton for Ironman UK.
And then when I’ve gone sub 12 I’m going to become a double ironman.
ps: If you’d like some further inspirational reading then please check out the blog of my mate and reader of this one, Cort The Sport. She just came third in the US nationals and will be representing her home country at the world sprint championships in Auckland this year and London next. I find her writing and go to attitude inspirational. Well done Cort on a great achievement.