I really struggle to get physically motivated without a challenge. Without a reason to train and a date to aim for, I am a lazy slob. When the challenge is fixed, I can be as focused as anyone. And I definitely have some endurance events left in the old body - endurance sits well with me. My best competitive days are still ahead, I believe that. I guess in the back of my mind I've been waiting for someone to beat the record that myself and James Cracknell set for paddling across the English Channel. So that I'd have a reason to have another crack. But that hasn't happened so I'm looking in other directions. I am amazed at how many times I get asked, "So what's the next challenge?" Is it that obvious that that's the way I work?
Hm, it seems that it is. For some time now I've been on the look out for a 'biggy'. One that lights that fire, inspires and really grabs my attention. I often visit the Woodvale Classic site and have the info packs - I've spoken to the organisers ... trying to get my head around rowing across the Atlantic. When James did it with Ben Fogle I followed their progress hourly and wrote to them regularly. I felt as if I was in the boat with them! But, having prioritised family life above all else, to put that personal challenge ahead of them, well what sort of dad would that make me? No, it needs to be a physical challenge where the chances of death are not in the equation. Pain, certainly ("Pain is only temporary" Lance Armstrong), but death, no way Jose!
The RAAM is the ultimate endurance challenge. A bike race across America - 3,000 miles non-stop. I keep going back to it - it keeps coming back to me. It's just come back to me again? I like it a lot. hm.... much to think about.
Back to more pressing issues - Boiler's been on the blink. Ever since we got back from Centre Parcs we've had no central heating. "It's not that bad" Janey argued as the boys ate their breakfast in front of the roaring coal fire! Fair point. And now Sky's on the blink.. turns out that our Sky insurance that ensures that an engineer will come out in three days, can't make it until next Friday! Oh well, I'm on iPlayer listening to the radio - News Quiz with Sandy Toksvig .... starts off with a reports that the Miss Naked America contest has apparently come under some criticism, but then again it will always have it's knockers! I think I'm going to enjoy this.