Middle aged? Overweight? Don’t let that put you off.
#STILLRUNNING #STILLRIDING #STILLLIVING
Have you ever been told you can’t do something- but then did it anyway?
Didn’t it feel amazing when you did- especially knowing you were told you couldn’t?
I am a 48-year-old man from North Devon. My background is non-competitive cycling- mainly of the weekend warrior type (and not very good at that!). I have kept fit all my life, cycling and running. I have never been more than a weekend warrior- enjoying with a passion what I do, but never fully committing to compete more.
I have run 2 marathons before, both less successful than I set out to be. The first I completed in October 2011 in a time of 4 hours 40 minutes; the second was the London Marathon in 2013, with a time of 5 hours 28 minutes 30 seconds. Both slower than I would have liked, but I am proud to have finished a marathon twice.
I have had my medical struggles. Suspected angina (turned out to be a stomach hernia), several falls resulting in a scarred chin and tendonitis in my wrist, broken ligaments in my ankle which caused me to drag my foot when running (which causes me to fall over). All reasons I should have walked away from this malarky and took up reading as a competitive sport.
But I have not. I am still here.
After a period of trying to train- and failing/ falling- for the London Marathon, I am currently re-finding my cycling history and just riding to make me smile and get fit again. This includes cycling of most disciplines (but especially fixed gear bikes).
Through all of this, I am still here. Still riding. Despite everything.
#STILL is the story of my training in North Devon-
because yes, I am #stillrunning, #stillriding and #stillliving