So 2012 was a little crazy for me. I cycled over 20,000 miles, (including training) nearly died, fractured my back, visited 28 countries and wrote 2 books. There have been some incredible highs, some very dark lows and a whole new set of friends who have helped me along the way. Oh, and I grew the dodgiest beard in the world #FACT!!!!
The best bits
Cycling The World
Publishing my first book
Three Peaks Cycle Challenge
Cycling to the Alps
The worst bits
Suffering a pretty serious injury to my spine after getting run over in America is obviously right up there with the worst things that could go wrong. My back is still painful, especially when I sit at a computer, (good excuse not to get a proper job) but I can deal with it. What's been much harder to deal with was that my world record attempt, something that I had worked so hard towards, was taken from me. Instead of coming home a champion, all I have is possibly the world’s most expensive pub story. Don't get me wrong. It's a good story, but not quite the story I was looking for.
The first few months back were hard but I soon realized the world carries on turning and there was no point in getting depressed. It was then I decided to do some more adventures and that's exactly what I did. The three peaks cycle challenge and cycling to the Alps certainly got me back in the swing of things. Even my little Cornwall loop ride was great fun. Why do I do these things? I’ve realized that I am actually quite good at them. I am good at being cold, hungry and tired. I seem to thrive in these conditions. I might as well carry on doing them . . . and ask my folks if they dropped me as a kid.
So what’s next?
I’m hoping 2013 is going to fill some of the gaps that were taken from me in 2012. Time to raise the bar and do another big challenge. In fact I am doing three next year:
June – Team RAAM record attempt
July – Top secret challenge
August – First person to swim the length of Britain.
All these challenges are still in their early stages of planning but I am really excited about each of them.
I’d just like to finish off by saying thank you to each and every one of you for supporting me on my various challenges. It really does make all the difference knowing people are getting something out of me busting my ass. :-)
Yours in Adventure