A few days into my attempt to run Britain solo and self supported I fell over and twisted my ankle. It wasn't serious so I carried on. What I didn't appreciate was that my knee was taking over all the pressure from my weakened ankle. This, mixed with the annoying camber of the roads, some hard trails, so many midges I couldn't stop to recover, and pushing myself too hard, resulted in my knee becoming inflamed and swollen. I saw a doctor, physio and masseuse and they all said I 'should' be OK but was to take it easy. I did take it easy, things were going well until a few days ago a simple wrong footing sent my body one way and my knee the other. Immediate pain. I knew straight away it was game over. I hobbled for a mile or two before turning back to the nearest town. I went to a coffee shop and spent, what seemed like a few minutes but was actually over an hour staring at my knee wishing it better. But nothing was going to work and much like Chris Froome in this years TDF, I knew I had had one fall too many.
Some say that as an athlete if you don't get injured, you're not trying hard enough. Not sure I believe that but I can honestly say I put 100% into everything I do. It's what makes me tick but I really need to think about my future as a adventure athlete. This is my job, a job that I love and am good at. My body is my tool and I need to look after it!
This was just not my time and as I sit and write this my stomach is churning with sadness and the feeling of failure. I have never not completed something so this is new emotional territory for me which I'm sure will take a few weeks to sink in.
So my withdrawal from my length of Britain run is not a withdrawal, it's a postponement. I'm going to postpone my run till May next year. I've also decided that I fancy having a crack at the record which stands at 9 days and some change. The idea of training for that really excites me so watch this space.
Lastly I'd like to thank all those who sponsored the British Heart Foundation. Thank you for your support. I will carry on raising money for them and your donation will go forward to next years attempt.
So with a saddened heart I hang up my Bubba Gump Cap as I begin my 7 month recover and retrain for my next attempt in 2015.
Thanks for all the support.