Day 1... Again

So what's this all about?

28 November 2017

When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.

Sir Edmund Hillary


Yet another milestone hit! Day One...version twenty.

I've been here many times before. Enthusiastic and full of beans over the prospect of challenging and bettering myself only to find that I easily reach day three but then slowly taper off to have to start all over again weeks or months later. Not this time. This time I've got a feeling things will be different.


Here lies my challenge:

  • Complete 2 half marathons
  • Complete 1 full marathon
  • Get to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Complete all of the above before November 1st, 2018



With massive thanks to Christine and the peeps at STA travel Cuba Street my flights to Africa are booked for August 2018 to hopefully conquer Mount Kilimanjaro and also hit up some other rad stuff. HOWEVER, before then I need to complete two half marathons, become accustomed to uphill hiking, and prepare myself for trekking at high altitude.


So why blog about it? The answer is simple. Accountability.

Some of you that know me would agree that I can be a bit of a useless prick and not exactly the best at sticking to training schedules. I believe that behavioral change is a social endeavor so the more of you that read my yarns, the more chance I have of succeeding. After all, I'm investing quite a bit into travel and the trek up Kili so I need to be in the best possible position to reach the summit.


So how am I going to tackle this challenge?

The plan is that each Sunday I'll take a look at my week ahead and set a training schedule that I must complete. This will be posted here on my blog and on my Instagram and Twitter accounts. Results from the training sessions will be recorded and shared with the hope of some suggestions or advice from others as to how I could train better.

Back to accountability. If I fail to complete one of my training sessions there will need to be a repercussion. A punishment of sorts that will ensure I don't decide to sleep in or hit the pub after work. I've still yet to decide on what this punishment should be and think it shouldn't be up to me to decide, so any suggestions???


That's really all I have for now. Again if you have any suggestions as to how I should tackle training for these challenges, please don't hesitate to get in touch via Instagram and Twitter. It would be greatly appreciated.

So without further ado, it's time to get to work!



Ryan Virtue