So I’m coming to the end of my 3 month Sabbatical. It has been fantastic but with one day to go time to think about the Post Sabbatical Challenges.
First, a summary of the Sabbatical
- Three special sites visited:
- Plenty of Cycling
- Tour 1: Leicester – Bristol – Forest of Dean – Cardiff – Pennant – St Beuno’s – Stoke-on-Trent
- The Welsh Ride Thing. Three days of Mountain Biking with Bikepacking in North Wales
- My first Sportiv
- My fastest 100 mile ride.
- Tour 2: Leicester to Iona
- Mountain biking in the Cairngorms.
- In total I have cycled 1,670 miles and climbed 85,000 feet.
- Time with the family
- Visiting family in Cornwall
- A 21st Birthday with the family in Bristol
- A weekend with family including our grandson in Cardiff
- Time with my nephew and fiancee planning their wedding
- A couple of weeks touring Scotland and Northumberland with Jane and youngest Son using our caravan (Skye, Loch Ness, Blair Atholl and then Lindisfarne
- Plenty of reading (my Kindle now has 145 books on it)
- Plenty of reflection and lots of personal change as a result, more still to come.
- A significant health impact.
- I am the lightest I have been for more than 5 years (probably a lot more than that).
- I have lost over 7 kg during the sabbatical which is 10kg since the heaviest this year.
- I have reduced my body fat % by 4%.
- I can now run 3.8 miles without any problems and have run my fastest 5k
- I am using the last hole on my belt
So what next?
It seems obvious that I want to continue with this progress towards a healthier me as I am really enjoying the changes that result in energy and self-perception. So
- I have entered the BB200 which is a 200km off road ride through the Cambrian Mountains in October. The challenge is to complete it within 36 hours. That is going to be a really significant challenge for me in many ways.
- We are starting the 5:2 Fast Diet in the coming week. As my cycling miles plummet I don’t want to pile the weight back on and both the science around this diet and the practicalities appeal. If I could lose another 5% body fat that would put me in the middle of the healthy range for my age. It would also significantly help both my running and cycling.
- I’m doing my first running event on Tuesday which is 3 miles (Watermead Challenge)
- I want to build up the running so that I can do a 10k run by September (that should really help with the BB200 which will include lots of sections where I need to push or even carry my bike)
- I want to get back in the swimming pool. My target is to swim 20 lengths front crawl without stopping.
- I’ll enter the Leicester Triathlon next year. Unlike last year I’ll do so with proven capability of doing the swimming and running.
- Within the next 12 months I’d like to build up to being able to complete a one day 200 mile bike ride.
That should keep me going 🙂