Why I don't have a current fitness goal
I started the year off with a clear idea of my goals, starting with hitting a new 10km PB in the London Winter Run and a new half marathon PB in Berlin. I almost immediately moved on to learning to swim front crawl and training for the London Triathlon which I was absolutely ecstatic to complete at the end of July. I'll admit that although the swimming sometimes felt like a bit of a chore, purely because it was such a challenge for me, I really loved training for the tri - I could decide every day whether I fancied a sprint session, a lunchtime swim or after work serpentine dip, or a cycle home. Pure training freedom with no time-goal in sight.
However, after seven months of essentially non-stop training (and smashing my goals I am proud to add), I went off on a timely trip to Ibiza with a bunch of mates, and had a right 'ole good time partying every day and not worrying about scheduling exercise. Since coming back from holiday I've had weeks of back to back hens and weddings (including two hens on one weekend and two weddings on one weekend...slightly nuts) which has been pure joy to spend so much time hanging with my mates, but has meant I have woken up with a sore head most weekends recently and a volcano of washing about to explode.
It's been almost impossible to keep on top of general life admin and blogging when I have been extremely busy and away every weekend for a month. The lack of time has also meant I haven't immediately booked myself in for a new fitness goal (much to Dan's delight) and I've been enjoying a free-styling with mix of PT sessions at The Third Space, yoga classes and running. Admittedly, I have probably done slightly less exercise than usual (because let's face it, most of us are driven by goals to achieve), but I have taken the pressure off and exercised for the sake of enjoyment rather than because I have a race deadline on the horizon.
For now, all I have up-coming is a yoga and fitness retreat with the gorgeous Carly Rowena and Cat Meffan, so I am keeping fit and working on my terrible flexibility in Another Space's delicious Yoga classes and conversely, I am REALLY enjoying not striving towards something. If you are starting to feel lackadaisical towards your fitness schedule, dreading up-coming races or generally struggling to get out of bed to the gym, I would urge you to avoid the fitness burn out and celebrate your past achievements by going a few months goal free. There's always another race around the corner :)
AND I definitely will be back to making more time for blogging...promise!
Photos by the lovely Lydia Collins.