I know I keep saying this but I can’t believe it’s 2017 already… 2016 seemed to fly by- it seems no time at all that I was writing my New Year’s post for last year.

There’s something about the start of a brand shiny new year that gets people thinking about making a fresh start, becoming a new person etc etc etc… which is great but all too often people make a whole list of resolutions (I’m going to go to the gym every day, get up an hour early each day, give up smoking, stop drinking, swim to work…) and of course it’s not realistic or sustainable and so they give up and feel like a failure.

I think it’s far better to focus on just one or maybe two areas where you would like to achieve something this year, whether it’s a lifestyle choice such as giving up smoking or drinking less, or to gradually improve your fitness so that you can complete events that are tough enough to be outside your comfort zone. That way you actually have a shot of achieving it as you won’t be completely overwhelmed- you will be focussing on one or two things rather than a whole list.

Of course, once you have achieved it there’s nothing stopping you from setting a new goal. You don’t have to wait until January 1st to change something about your life!

My 2016 didn’t start out great- I had entered the Millennium Way Ultra but thanks to one cold and cough after another I struggled to train and had to withdraw as I was struck down yet again just before the event. This is so frustrating and I am wondering if I am ever going to achieve completing the Millennium Way Ultra within the time limit!

Things improved after March and I had some good walks with Helen in training for our Cornish Challenge, including a 30 mile walk which unfortunately saw Helen fall and damage her knee. However we did complete our challenge and walked over 80 miles of tough but spectacular coastline along the South West Coast Path in four days, raising over £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

I have also had a little foray into the world of triathlon, completing an Aquathlon at Grantham and the East Leake Sprint Triathlon, which was great fun and a whole new challenge. Oh yes, and I also completed the Jane Tomlinson York 10k.

I have gone from only being able to swim doggy paddle to being able to knock out a mile of front crawl in around 45 minutes, thanks to swimming lessons.

I don’t seem to have done so many challenge walks this year, partly because my fitness is still not where I want it to be and partly because the entry fees all add up and I am skint, but I did do the Charnwood Marathon short route, the 40 mile Coventry Way challenge, Three Shires and the Ponton Plod with Sue.

So a mixed year really… I did achieve some of the things I set out to do but not others and my fitness has not greatly improved. For some reason I am finding it very difficult to lose weight and I have to admit I don’t always train consistently- work and general apathy tend to get in the way… I have decided to go back to writing regular training updates here this year to keep me on track.

Looking into 2017 I thought it would be a great idea to enter events that would scare me into getting off my butt and putting in the hours but unfortunately I seem to have gone overboard as usual! So far I have;

The Wilmot Wander – 31 miles around Derby
The Millennium Way Ultra (again!!)
The Millennium Way Back– the Millennium Way in reverse
The Forest of Bowland 100k walk
The Coventry Way Challenge
The Outlaw Half Triathlon (eek!!)
The Coast to Coast– I am doing this on my own in July

So my two resolutions are to be fit enough to complete that little lot and to lose some weight- I think that will do for now… think I’d better get off to the gym!

What were your wins for 2016 and what are your plans for 2017?

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