After a solid year of training and my first 100 mile finish (had I mentioned that?), the only entry in my training plan for the next three weeks is “to be as active as I like while resisting the urge to do anything remotely resembling a hard effort”.
I did check on the wording, because if you give my inner sloth an inch it will take a mile, and “as active as I like” could well translate into nothing more strenuous than lifting a teacup and stroking the cat.
As I can’t see a stretch of sofa, tea and cat providing much blog fodder, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the people who inspire me. People who have made the journey from non-athlete to athlete and who make anything seem possible. People who face challenging situations with a pragmatism I can only dream of. People who just will not give up.
First up is @totkat. She’s done a whole heap of amazing stuff, most recently running the length of the Thames Path over six days without support “just because”. Back in 2012, she was looking to do two half and two full ironmen in a single year when this happened.
She’ll tell you it was adrenaline rather than grit and probably foolish beyond belief. Whatever the truth of the matter, Kate is one of the people who gets me out the door when my mojo is flagging, and keeps me hanging on in there when all I want to do is quit. And as she’s a similar age, found sport at a similar time and fits her training in around a full-time job, she also offers me a glimpse of what I could achieve if I really put my mind to it.