I started as an over weight lorry driver not doing any exercise other than down the pub. Started in the garden with digging our fish pond I thought it was going to take forever.
Any way time went on and I did not do as much as I wanted to/should have done and by the time I did I was enormous. As my age was creeping on I had to have a medical to renewal my HGV licence, to my shock I was told that I was severely over weight (not sure where they got that from) and that I needed to get it sorted out. With that in my mind knowing that I needed my licence I set about doing some exercise.
I started to bike to work every day about 18/20 miles (which nearly killed me) round trip. This then began taking the weight off the first couple of months I lost a lot. After doing this for about 5/6 months I decided to take up running as well. By the time I got to about 9 months in I had lost nearly 5 stone in weight. I looked and felt like a different person even some of my relatives did not recognise me. I felt great and looked thin. I then gave my self a challenge and took a biking holiday in Slovenian Alps. The views were breath taking but the hills were big and challenging.
Once I returned home I decided that I needed a new challenge and done a duathlon (bike-run) my time was not great but at least I completed it and did not bail out.
My next challenge for me was to do a Triathlon, this is serious stuff so I got some professional swimming lessons, a new bike and a bucket load of enthusiasm and set about doing some training for my next event. Triathlons are a bit expensive to do so I signed myself up to one for charity, this was my first ever and I wanted to do my best and not finish last.
DuathlonAfter completing this triathlon I went on to do more and raised more money for charity. I have since done more running and even done a 100 mile bike ride.
At work my achievement has inspired others to get involved and to just do some exercise to keep fit.
I am now looking for other challenges to do and I have a Bucket List which is as follows
Compete in a Yacht Race, Trek to the North Pole, Marathon des Sables (six day race in Sahara desert), Drive a Road Train across the Australian outback.
All of which takes time and money but hay one day I will get there. I have even started with my first one the Yacht Race I am on the Clipper Venture Yacht Race doing legs 7 and 8.
Why a yacht race – it is a test of Nerve, Endurance and Pushing Mind, Body and Sole to limits I have never done before. Ryan Worthington was instrumental in getting me to the level of fitness that I am today and fully recommend his work!