So, I got to thinking about how, no matter what I did, I am going to be 60. Well, obviously there is one way I could avoid it but that didn’t seem to provide the best solution!
I really don’t know how I came up with this, but I decided that I wanted to challenge myself over the coming year.
The challenges had to be:
- cheap (I am an early pensioner!)
- not involve being away from home (I am a carer)
- flexible (to deal with any health problems I may have)
After a lot of thought I decided I wanted to do a very long walk, climb something very tall (using stairs!), lift something very heavy and do a challenge involving water in some way.
At this point I sent Darryl a text:
“Can I book an extra session with you for next week? Having finally accepted that I’m going to be 60 (aargh) in just over a year I want to set myself a series of challenges for the next year like walking 1000 miles and lifting the Eiffel Tower! But I need help cos, as always, I’m too ambitious!”
We met up to discuss this and, whilst Darryl’s used to my daft ideas, even he was initially taken aback by this one! Not for long though, and he was soon as enthusiastic as I was!
After much discussion, and laughter, we came up with four targets.
The challenges will start on my 59th birthday and, by the time I am 60 I will have:
- walked from my house to Lands End, on to John O’Groats and back home
- climbed Mount Everest
- lifted a fully laden Boeing 747
- travelled the length of the River Thames
So, how am I going to do these things bearing in mind the constraints I laid out earlier?
The walking challenge is straightforward but, because of a technical difficulty it turned out to be 1000 kilometres longer than originally thought (Google maps measures in miles not kilometres!) so I’ve decided to allow some cycling. But this will have to be at the gym, I haven’t got a bike, so I can’t freewheel down the hills!
Mount Everest will mainly take place on the cliff steps opposite Leigh-on-Sea station, although other steps will be allowed!
Lifting the plane? Well the actual aim is to lift a million kilograms and that was the nearest thing we could find. How to do it? By adding together every rep I do over the year. Darryl’s working the programs out for me!
Finally, the River Thames. This will be a combination of swimming, running in water (I’m a rubbish swimmer) and rowing.
Not bad eh? Should keep me occupied!
And, I’ll still be having my training sessions with Darryl but these are going to be ‘random’, I’ll have no idea what we’ll be doing each time and the madder the better! He’s also giving me other stuff to do, at the moment I’m reading “The 4 Hour Body”
Hopefully this will make approaching 60 exciting, fun and lunatic! I’ll be posting here about my progress!
Forgot to say, if any of you want to join me in my lunacy, just let me know!!!