Why am I doing this?
As I write this the time on my phone is telling me it's 6.21am. It's dark and wintery outside and I'm sitting on the bus huddled up in my coat and scarf. I'm on my way to the gym to begin training for the mountain of goals I've set myself next year.
There aren't many people up and about so it's probably not surprising that I'm seriously questioning my sanity and my decision to do not just one but twelve different challenges next year (you can read more about that here). The rest of London is still tucked up in bed. It's not even the first time I've been on the 6.18am bus this week, it's actually the fourth. Maybe I am going mad...
Part of the reason I'm so keen is that I've just joined a new gym. I'm probably still in the 'honeymoon period' (if there is such a thing). The other reason is that I have a goal, well actually I have twelve goals. Although I'm trying not to think about them all at once because the scale of what I've set myself scares me quite a bit!
I'm finding that having a focus and something to aim for is really motivating. There's a proper purpose to all this, it's not just about prancing around at the gym for no reason. It definitely helps me get up in the morning and in reality I'm really looking forward to what 2017 is going to throw it me.
How did this all come about?
Admittedly I didn't wake up one day and think, right that's it, what I really want to do next year is twelve challenges. I had a few things I wanted to do, like the London Marathon amongst others, then one thing sort of lead to another.
I did a bit of Googling listened to some podcasts and events and ideas just kept cropping up. All sorts of things from cross country skiing to endurance cycling, most of which I have never done before. Luckily, I have various friends who have agreed to do a challenge with me, but strangely enough no one has committed to all twelve yet. That confirms it, I'm definitely mad.
On a more serious note, I guess the reason I'm doing this is because I want to take the plunge and prove to myself that it's possible. I want to push my limits, be the best I can be and learn in the process.
I think we can all achieve much more than we think, and I want to prove that's true.