Well it’s always pretty exciting when you sign up to an epic race as I did yesterday (8th October 2017). Exciting and daunting at the same time. I know what it takes to train for an Ironman having done 2 so far. Indeed it’s a roller coaster ride of emotions and, when you finally get there…yep, even if you say you aren’t going to do another one…the temptation and addiction hauls you straight back in.
So, the hard work will start. However, I need to get over my little injuries and get settled in to my new job. It’s a little further away from home than my previous work location and it’s considerably more demanding. I don’t underestimate what I have in store over the next 12 months. I will, however, approach things sensibly and try to get some work life balance. I know that all my family and very close friends will provide me with the emotional support and motivation I will need to get to the start line in Barcelona.
The last few weeks have hurtled by like some kind of high speed train. Moving jobs is never a straight forward proposition for me as many who have followed me for the past couple of months will testify. But, things are taking shape and the dust is beginning to settle a little.
At the same time the launch of my book, “From Blind Man to Ironman” has required me to attend book signings and give interviews. My last book signing was in Nottingham a week ago which went really well. It was part of Black History Month and it was great to be asked lots of questions about how I do the sport I love. What was even more surprising was that one of the people who came spoke about her grandson who at the age of 14 is losing his sight and coming to terms with it. She asked if she could contact me so that I could meet her grandson and give him some advice and words of encouragement.
On a final note, I’d like to say congratulations to the winner of the book competition I held in September. The winner is Kar Foxely. Well done. I really hope you enjoy the book.