It has been exactly 230 days since my son was born, almost to the minute, and they have been some of my best and worst days of my life. To say 2018 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride would be an understatement. However this blog is not about looking backwards but rather forwards. I am currently sat on the 22:37 from Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill and I have this burning desire to change my life for the better. When I started Every Third Day I wanted to achieve the following goals:
- Run the Birmingham Half Marathon in under 90 minutes
- Complete a 100 mile bike ride in under 6 hours
- Get my golf handicap down to 16
- Finish the London Triathlon in under 3 hours
- Run the London Marathon in under 3 hours 30 minutes
The ultimate aim was to have ticked all of these off by my fortieth birthday and you know what, I still can! But, and it is a big BUT, right now I just want to be able to run a single mile without any pain or have enough time to play 18 holes of golf. Over the last four month in particular I have lost any semblance of balance in my life (due to a variety of circumstances) and subsequently I fear that both my mental and physical health has declined to the point where I may soon burn out.
The reason I am writing this blog on a train back from London is because I went to the Six Day cycling event with my best friend this evening. It was great to spend some time with him and interestingly he is facing a similar challenge to me, finding some balance. After we had said our goodbyes I started reading an article about ‘The Makeover’. The author made a very good point, highlighting that:
“doing anything from a standpoint of self-loathing can never be good or sustainable. Basically I’s saying if you’re going to work on the exterior, it should be because you believe the foundations are worth building on.”
Well I do believe the foundations are worth building on, I know I have huge potential and I want to make the most of it. I want to be able to run a 90-minute half marathon and get my handicap down to 16. However I know that isn’t going to happen overnight and it is not words but rather actions that will see me achieve my potential. The first thing I need to do is to redress the balance in my life and create time for me to do the things I love. Whether that is spending quality time with my amazing wife and son or just hitting some golf balls at the driving range it HAS to happen.
It would be easy to write this blog tonight and then do fuck all about it tomorrow but I don’t want that to happen so I am going to start #ProjectMe tomorrow morning! When I walk into my kitchen I will have a choice, post this blog and take the first step towards achieving my goals or carry on down a path that leads to nothing but wasted potential.
If you are reading this then you know I have taken action to make sure that I don’t waste my potential!