I mentioned last week about struggling to set new goals and one of the most important areas was fitness. Exercise is important for keeping my muscles strong, has been encouraged by my consultant and improves my mood and mental state. But without a sporting goal, my will to exercise shrinks and, when I do, my workouts feel frivolous or become stale. Who wants to spend their free time in a carpeted sweat box gym when there is no aim?
I now have a few and I’m looking for more. I’m doing:
- My second duathlon in July but this time with a time target. I’m going to attempt to do it in under two hours.
- An organised run between July-Oct. I’m not sure whether it’ll be a 10km, 20km or longer. I’ve always dreamed of doing the middle distance between a half and full marathon, but I’m not sure there is enough time to train for this.
- A 60 mile cycle from London to Eastborne in September.
As I failed the London to Brighton cycle last year, I’ll need to focus my efforts on building up my stamina for longer distance bike rides.
I tested my 5km time yesterday, around the same distance I’ll need to run twice in the duathlon, and I did it in around 22 minutes. My aim will be to get this down to 20 minutes or less over the next month.
To help with these goals, I’ll be looking at my diet and lifestyle choices.