So where are we at?

Since completing LEJOGLE my mental health took a nose dive. That was never the plan (is it for anyone?), but I’m fortunate to have the safety net of knowing that I can get up and go again when my mind is healed. Expecting great adventures to end with rainbows and butterflies undermines what lies at the heart of it all—honest survival.

Life hasn’t done throwing curve balls…

With a recent diagnosis of M.E. (My-algic Ence-phalo-my-elitis), I am not just tongue-tied trying to toss this term about, I am now also restricted in what shenannigans I can get up to. I am still navigating what I can do at home…including walking up and down stairs, self-care and accessing a keyboard.

Whilst I figure out how to move forward, I have put all of my challenges, creative plans and extra-learning on hold.

Thanks for understanding x

The round up

My most recent challenge was to run almost 1800 miles (originally planned for 1680) from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back again, most days on the hoof, and the equivalent of climbing and descending Mount Everest eight times, with a view to setting a new world record (still evidence gathering for this enormous file) in the name of those fighting the stigma of a mental illness. The last decade was a rise from beginner runner to GB Age-Group triathlete taking on open water sea, river and lake swimming, sprint to double-ironman triathlons, mountain bike and road duathlons, and winter aquathlons in briny pools. Saying yes to ideas allowed me to discover that my heart belongs to mountain races and trails. A Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race finisher, I’ve completed the Snowdonia 7 {Peaks} race three times, the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way twice in one year, with a multitude of 5-hr to 4-day adventure races under my belt.

Needless to say, the outdoors is my playground, even when I only get to look out the window.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or dipping your toe into adventures and racing for the first time, we all need ideas and morale-boosting sessions to keep us fired up and finishing what we’ve started. I don’t have all the answers, but I do like to share and learn in return. If I can help you get started, or help you review a route or transition stage, just ping me a message. I love maps and, ironically, I love a good plot.

Some people take time out to repair broken bones, every now and then I have to repair a broken mind. As Rag’n’Bone Man sings, I’m only human, after all.