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Hi.

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Old Year / New Year thoughts

Old Year / New Year thoughts

Well hello folks!

It’s been a while, that’s true. And life has changed quite a bit recently. I apologise for not writing sooner but to be honest I have been quite content keeping a healthy distance from social media and the online world.

What’s new?

1. Ran a full marathon. 2. Got engaged. 3. At the moment, life feels like a permanent holiday.

The last 4 months of 2018 were absolutely packed with work and training. I ran over 400km from September 1st to December 9th, when I ran a full marathon. All while working 60h a week.

Why was I working 60h a week? Because I was trying to set up the lifestyle I have now: to work 10/15h a week, 100% online. It worked!!

Training wise, my focus was mainly on running and swimming. With the goal of doing a half IronMan in mind and being a terrible swimmer, I had to get work done. Simultaneously, because of my work schedule, I was not able to train Muay Thai. All gyms train from 4pm to 6pm and I was finishing work every day at 8pm. I made an executive decision and decided to focus on the sport of triathlon for a while and, to be honest, I LOVED IT!

Over those 4 months I trained hard and consistently. I got my swim from 50m to 1.5/2km. That alone, was a great achievement for me. Being able to swim and not panic, and even allowing my mind to wonder off in thought, just like you do when you run, was a great feeling.

Running became something of second nature and long distances were just something that had to be done. Over 9 weeks of training, I ran over a half marathon every weekend. Realising that when I first started was scary to say the least, but the reality is, it made half-marathons seem really easy and fast.

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I am proud of what I achieved in 2018 and proud that I managed to finish a full marathon. Now the plan is to continue working towards that IronMan and get back to Muay Thai.

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2019 started slower than any other year in my life. Being lucky enough to only work 10/15h a week, one of my big goals this year is to learn to relax. My whole life, I always worked 2/3 jobs at the same time and got involved in a million different things. Most times, I am good at starting things, just not great at finishing them. My books are a good representation of that. When I moved houses here in Thailand, I realised I had about 5 books bookmarked. I started them, but never finished them. “That’s a representation of my life”, I thought to myself.

I also realised, last summer, that I am always frantically moving around and chasing things/ new goals. I realised I get so caught up on what I want to achieve, and get into such a busy schedule, it becomes impossible to be present, to be in the moment. It hit me like a kick in the teeth, while I was in Portugal last summer, when I couldn’t even remember what I had done the day before. I had to physically stop, and make an effort to write and remind myself what I was doing.

I had been feeling like this over the last couple of years but was never quite sure what to do about it. I guess I still don’t know. I tend to feel lost and unsettled if I don’t have something to work towards. It almost seems like, if I’m not running around like a headless chicken, I’m not achieving things and not fully living. Crazy right!?

My partner helps me a lot with this. He constantly reminds me that it is okay to just read, enjoy a slow pace, write, learn ukelele, whatever. I do consider myself very lucky, and make an effort to always remind myself of that. I am enjoying being in such a beautiful place and having absolutely no schedule. I can get up when I want, do whatever I want, when I want.

So with this being said, in a week, we will be going down south, to spend some time at the beach. I’m packing a couple of books, my ukelele, and obviously my training gear, my swimming suit and my goggles.

More on that soon.

Seeya guys!



Full Marathon - 3 Rookie mistakes

Full Marathon - 3 Rookie mistakes

Road to Ironman - #MadeOfMore

Road to Ironman - #MadeOfMore