A late look back at 2018

As the first month of 2019 fast approaches completion, I’ve found a few minutes to look back at 2018 before it’s too late.

As a blog about triathlon training, such events seem a distant memory. In fact, other than cycling regularly, my running has become sporadic and I don’t recall the last time I swam! D’oh. I ran a grand total of less than 400 miles and swam less than a mile. With regular cycling commutes to and from work I managed 1600 miles on the bike. This included the Garmin Ride Out – a 50 mile sportive around the New Forest for the 2nd time.

However, 2018 involved lots of water but rather than being in it, I was on it. Much of my free time activity was spent sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing or paddle boarding. I feel quite at home on the water.

As well as the activities centering around St Denys Boat Club with almost 35 visits in the latter 5 months of the year, I also spent time on the water on both a narrowboat with a 4 day round trip from Lower Heyford to Oxford and back and finished the year aboard P&O’s cruise liner Ventura on a Christmas and New Year’s cruise from Southampton to the Canary Islands and back.

2019 looks to be a similar year in terms of activities. I’ll be 50 in mid March and hope to keep as active as possible. I’ll take part in the Active Nation Active Warrior events in July (Rainbow Rampage with the boys) and October (Active Warrior). Aside from that, I have no plans to enter any other running events.

I’m hoping to make regular visits to St Denys Boat Club and will be enjoying a week dinghy sailing in the (hopefully) warmer water of one of the Greek Islands.

My coaching is still going well as I approach 3 years of leading weekly Strength and Conditioning sessions for Lordshill Road Runners. The sessions are still regularly attracting between 30 and 40 participants each week. Feedback remains overwhelming positive and there are a good mix of regulars and newbies taking part.

So that’s it. Last year in a nutshell and a quicker look forward to this year’s plan.

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