We’re nearly 2 weeks into the new year .. and my last post was over 3 months ago! Of course, a million things have happened since then and despite my best intentions, none of my intended blog posts actually made it to reality.
I’m doing away with resolutions this year. It’s been a crazy ride the past couple of years and while it’s been fun, it’s also sucked the energy out of me. I’ve travelled the world, met more amazing people, had some incredible experiences and turned 40. Just like that.
But I’ve also averaged 4h sleep a night for the past year or so, withdrawn from races I’ve signed up for due to work commitments and not enjoyed my life as much as it looks like I have on Facebook.
And so, changes have been made. I’ve left my job, moved to Hong Kong, and can’t wait to get back running properly again. I’m bubbling with excitement about what the year ahead has in store! No concrete plans and a few races penned in, this time I’ll let things unfold at leisure and try to give the control freak in me a bit of a rest.
I did manage to sneak in a couple of races towards the end of last year, the Lantau Basecamp LT70 and the MSIG 50 Lantau. I’ll put up some race reports if I get round to it, but it was great fun to get back in the crowd racing again.
MSIG 50 Lantau was a little short-lived – I tried to use my knee as a brake going downhill about 2h into the race and ended up in hospital with 4 stitches. Not entirely unusual for me, but a bit of a bummer with the Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge (HK4TUC) scheduled for 1st Jan.
As it turned out, I had to bow out at 70km with knee issues, but followed fellow participant Jag Lanante on his quest to complete the challenge. I try to do his inspiring story justice on Ultra 168, and hope you’ll come away with fresh motivation like I did.
SO here’s to 2015, better late than never!