When thinking of adventure, particularly endurance type adventures, most people imagine weeks spent trekking an epically long trail in some distant land, probably along some unpronounceable mountain chain. Yes, this would certainly qualify as an adventure, but many of us just don’t have the time for these epic expeditions, much as we would love to do them. We have families, full-time jobs, cats…

This realisation can cause much frustration and you would be forgiven for assuming that you can’t live that adventurous life of your dreams, because you simply have too many commitments to just disappear.

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Norwegian FjordsFor serious die-hard endurance athletes (and me!), the idea of going on a cruise may be anathema; let’s face it, a cruise kind of conjures up images of folks loading up piling plates of food at the 24 hour buffet before collapsing onto a deck chair by the pool to top up that tan. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, if that’s the type of holiday you enjoy- but if you are reading this blog this probably isn’t your idea of an ideal trip. However sometimes circumstances are such that a cruise is a necessity- family plans, bribe to a spouse so you can enter an ultra etc- but if you are serious about exercising and maintaining your fitness levels then you may feel that a cruising holiday could derail all those plans…

… or will they? I recently went on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords for my Mum’s 70th birthday; I decided to try to fit in as much exercise as possible whilst still enjoying plenty of relaxation and exploring everything the buffet had to offer!

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endurance adventuresI have to confess I kind of lost my way after completing the Marathon des Sables. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because the event was so grand, so epic and such an adventure that when I got home the harsh reality set in; I was absolutely skint and living in a friend’s spare room, an arrangement that was not really working for either of us. Maybe it was because I had had such an awesome time with such a great group of people, and we had got to know each other over the past two years, meeting up for events, training towards a common goal, shared the experience and now we were all going our separate ways.

I became quite depressed following the MdS. I think that this is normal after such a challenge. Pre-MdS training took up most of my free time and all of my focus, but post MdS suddenly there was nothing to focus on or to train for, no reason to lace up the running shoes and head out there. I wanted something to replace it but could barely even afford to enter a 10k road race.

So I drifted, and apart from a few events and treks, I have been drifting ever since. Although I never actually stopped training, I have lost fitness and gained weight and it takes me all my time to puff my way round a 26 mile challenge walk. Hardly endurance adventures! My training has been sporadic at best.

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Beating the Ego!

slobWhatever it is we want to achieve in life, be it a certain level of fitness or attaining our idea weight, there is unfortunately an enemy in our camp, lurking and lying in wait to ensure we fail. Who is this enemy and where are they to be found? The enemy is actually in your own mind and it’s called the ego…

It is the ego’s seductive voice we hear when it whispers into our ear ‘You have had a tough day… you can’t possibly think about going out for that run right now… put your feet up, watch a bit of trashy telly and run tomorrow…’

Or ‘You may as well eat that chocolate bar… you had chips and a couple of biscuits at work remember- the damage is done now so you might as well pig out now and start the diet again from tomorrow’.

Or how about ‘you’re far too busy to go to the gym tonight… look at all the cleaning you need to do and what about that humongous pile of ironing?’

Sounds familiar?

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