The saying goes that ‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try’ and on October 1st 2015 I made my decision. I want to lead a healthier life and find out if I can be fitter and healthier in my thirties than I was in my twenties. I am 34 on December 24th and before my 40th birthday I want to see if I can achieve the following goals:
- Complete a 100 mile bike ride with my Dad in under 6 hours
- Run the Birmingham half marathon in under 90 minutes
- Run the London marathon in under 3 hours 30 minutes
- Finish the London triathlon in under 3 hours
- Reduce my golf handicap down to 16
The reason that I have picked these key goals is so that I have something measurable to ensure I reach my overall vision of being fitter in my thirties than I was in my twenties. After all if I don’t have a way of measuring my improvement I won’t know if I have made progress. I have chosen these goals because each one represents something better than my personal best, all of which were achieved in my twenties.
In order to make sure I complete these goals I am going to document my journey and that is where this blog comes in. I have read numerous times that people who make their goals public are more likely to achieve them. This is because of two main reasons; firstly by making your goals public you are accountable to a wider group of people and secondly when you achieve a goal you receive positive reinforcement.
This blog and the associated Instagram account are a way to keep my accountable and that is why the blog is called every_third_day. Yep, you’ve guessed it, I am going to post a blog every third day! The types of content I am going to be blogging about will include training tips I’m given, recipes I discover and want to share, ways to stay motivated and anything that helps me live a healthier life and achieve my vision.
I know that my journey to being fitter and healthier over the next six years is going to be a tough one but if I can accomplish my five goals by then my decision to try will have been vindicated.
Thank you for reading my first ever blog, I hope you enjoyed it!