Make Yourself

Make Yourself

My vision of getting into the Special Forces had been my pull for almost 8 years at that point. A meeting in 2006 first led me to start thinking about it, and almost 12 months later, it became an all encompassing dream.   This goal would define my choices and take me through mud, pain, tears and injury for the next 6 years.  

 

As a Royal Marines Commando Officer – not being able to deploy meant only one thing; a diet-coke career. Or create a new future.

How to train for a triple Ironman when you don’t want to.

How to train for a triple Ironman when you don’t want to.

The challenge will be to complete triple the distance of the 3 disciplines in the normal order. 

 That’s a 7.1-mile swim, a 348-mile cycle ride and then 78.6 miles of running. And this isn’t just any ordinary ultra-triathlon; the run will climb the 1085 metres of mount Snowdon. Yes, you read that correctly; a triple marathon to the summit of Snowdon. 

 These are the 7 principles I’ll use to make to the finishing line.

Entering the gig economy

Entering the gig economy

Preparing to make a big transition feels like standing on the edge of a cliff. Breathing in the cool oxygen-deprived air and looking down, you can’t make out anything below – it’s all hidden below a thick blanket of cloud. I know I’m high up but I don’t know how high. The rock face is as clear as day and indicates it may push out into the fog, but I can’t be certain. I look back up towards the horizon and see the tall mountains surrounding around me – they’re goading me to jump by how tall they’ve become. 

Standing on the roof of Europe: How to summit Mont Blanc.

Standing on the roof of Europe: How to summit Mont Blanc.

We were under fire. 

 

The three of us in the advance group hunched as tightly as we could into the rock, as a boulder the size of a large suitcase came hurtling down the mountain and missed us by a few feet, passing through the exact spot where I had stood only seconds earlier. It felt like a scene from the film Final Destination, how close we’d just come.

What I learned when I challenged a world record

What I learned when I challenged a world record

But at my lowest point, I learn that the human spirit can endure more than you’d think. After the initial feelings of foolishness and self-admonishment subside I find myself slowly renewing my determination. After all, I’d trained through injury before and got out the other side okay. Tearing my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in 2009; I took a risk to go through 15 and a half months of Royal Marines Commando training less than 5 months afterwards. With a highly unstable leg, there was a huge risk that it could be exacerbated, or at worse, really hammered to the point of needing permanent walking aides.