There is one problem though. Quality, not quantity!!!! I have made this mistake before as a photographer. I said yes to every job I was asked to do - even if it wasn't my passion. I was earning good money and keeping 'busy'. BUT saying yes to everything meant I was soon on the completely wrong track. Ten years down the line I was so far away from where I wanted to be I had no choice but to quit and start all over again.
2013 is proving to be similar. When it comes down to The Big Ones, I think I have said yes to too many challenges, which then increases the risk of failing at all of them. I don't really consider myself an 'adventurer', but more of an endurance athlete. . . I think???? I like going on 'exploration' or 'travel' based adventures but I get more enjoyment from pushing it fast and hard. I like racing, I like attempting records, I like trying things that I originally thought weren't possible. These challenges are the reasons I get out of bed in the morning and the more emails I get from people saying 'That's not possible mate' the more it inspires me to do them.
Swimming Britain and my 'top secret' world record attempt tick those boxes, but there is something that doesn't. I'm going to get a lot of abuse (feel free to send it here) but the challenge that has never really grabbed me is RAAM. Especially a team attempt. I am in no way saying it is an easy attempt but it's missing something for me. Maybe it's because it's a team attempt? I do prefer solo challenges because my success or failure is all down to me. I cant blame anyone else but myself. Also I think it may be because it's an organised thing. I like to create my own challenges.
So if I am really honest with myself (which is really hard sometimes) I would rather concentrate on Swimming Britain so, with a lump in my throat, I have decided to pull out of RAAM. It hasn't been an easy decision as I have made good friends with my team and feel I am letting them down a lot. (I must add they still have enough time to get another rider though) I just really need to keep my goals in mind and follow the right track this time.
So in short, be a 'Yes Man', but keep your goals in mind and know when to say No!