That was the year that was

Posted on: 04 Jan 2018

We’ve seen some great reviews of 2017 with all you buzzers posting accounts of your achievements over the last 12 months or so and setting out your stall for 2018.

For me the stats weren’t too bad from a cycling perspective -  3,437 miles on the bike - but just a meagre 26.5 miles on foot. That’s barely a marathon distance for the whole year!

Interestingly while looking at my stats on the bike I could easily see the miles covered each month as you can see below. July was clearly my peak month as that’s when I was cranking up the training for the Wild Wales Challenge.

My dodgy achilles mean I was never really able to get into my stride with any consistent running in 2017 - my only achievement being a PB 24:06 in the Liverpool Rock n Roll 5k back in May, after which I hung up the running shoes in the hope the achilles would have proper time to recover.

I did manage to chalk off a few decent events, including the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool 100, had a spoke break to bring to an end my participation in the Mow Cop Challenge (so went back to do it again). Some of you will remember I managed to forget my shoes so was a non-starter in the Wild Wales Challenge, but made up for it slightly by taking on the Mold Circle of Pain including my previous nemesis Penbarras.

So what’s in my sights for 2018:

  • Surpass the cycling distances achieved in each month (as compared with 2017)

  • Complete 5,000 miles on the bike for 2018

  • Complete the Wild Wales Challenge 2018 (remembering to take my shoes this time!)

  • Potentially get a place in Ride London 100 (waiting for the ballot results in February)

  • Get my running shoes on and tackle some 10k events (slightly longer events where it is less about pure speed seem to be a bit more forgiving on my achilles). The Chester 10k in March might be the first of many depending on how the injury holds up.

  • Make an appearance at my local Parkrun

Best of luck to all in whatever targets you set yourself this year. I'm sure you'll all be aiming high in 2018.

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