First a quick wrap of 2013. Last year was a good year for me, both personally and professionally, though quite stressful. The stress in my personal life was definitely caused by the decision to sell my house and build a new house. Even though all went well with both the sale and building the new house, it did cause me stress that I didn’t need. Professionally I resigned from my job and for some wild, unknown reason I bought the little cafe, where I had previously bought my morning coffee on the way to work every day. Again all went well with the sale, so there wasn’t anything serious to stress about. The big reason for the stress at the time was that all of these things, happened in the same time frame. Actually I moved into my new house in the week that I took over the cafe. That was a crazy time for a while there.
So onto 2014. I’m expecting this year to be huge. It is the year that I will walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain with my friend Nadine, for 6 weeks from the end of May. Nadine lives 4 hours drive from me so we aren’t able to train together often. Although we do try to plan and co-ordinate our training programs together as much as possible. Before we set off to Spain, we will be getting together for a few weekend training sessions. We’ve also set ourselves some training challenges which will hopefully help to keep us on track and not allow any slacking off.
The first of these challenges for 2014 is the challenge to walk 400k during January. So far I have walked 140k which means I’m not really on track but not so far off track that I can’t catch up. Will be trying my best to hit that target.
The walking training this week will include carrying a weighted day pack for every walking session. So far the weight is quite light, but by February I hope to start carrying my Camino pack.
Here are Nadine and myself during the 100k walk in 24 hours that we did last year. My cousin Paul McBain popped in to visit and encourage us along the way.
2014 is also the year that I will turn 60. This happens at the end of January. Until now I haven’t really given this much thought so not sure yet what I think about this development.
Another of my goals for 2014 is to reinvent my blog and to be more consistent in my posting. Last year with all that was going on, the blog tended to be put on the back burner. Time to turn that around and revive it ready for my next phase in fitness. So watch this space. There will be a makeover coming, hopefully soon.