Getting lost but not

To quote Emil Zatopek the great Olympian distance runner of the 1950’s

“If you want to run a mile, run a mile . . . . . but if you want a different life, run a marathon”

I see this every day on my wall planner and I suppose this has inspired me to believe in what you think is impossible is possible with training, foresight and a great plan. So Go For It!

Submitted by David or Rusty Robinson – follow him on Twitter.

1st-time mam to 1st-time Ironman in 18 months!

Having been to spectate at Ironman Tenby, I was inspired, I wanted to have a go! I bullied my husband into it in 2016 when our baby was 5 months old. My husband was the guinea pig!

He had trained well and I wanted him to tell me if he thought I could do it. He loved it. So a year of hard work preparing, juggling training, baby, and back to work, I did it!

It has given me more confidence than I ever excepted. The sense of achievement and empowerment I now have to take on new challenges in all areas of life is something hard to explain. So many people miss the point and focus on weight loss and being skinny and getting a certain time. I loved every second and smiled all the way around the course! It’s about enjoyment! I am strong mentally and physically as a result. I have met some inspiring people who support each other and do not judge. The challenge was a personal one, against myself! And I certainly won!

Submitted by Elinor Morgan – follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

Just do it – you’ll surprise yourself

If you have ever thought about trying something, just go for it. Even if you are older or less fit than you used to be you may well surprise yourself at what you are capable of. And it is such fun and so rewarding – you don’t have to be an athlete, just get out there. Don’t put it off – live life!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

There’s always a way

4 years ago my left knee was operated on – MPFL reconstruction. I couldn’t weight bear for a month and had a hinges splint for 3 months. I couldn’t cycle for a year.

There are still things I can’t do, but plenty I’ve adapted:

I can’t row but I can kayak, I can’t run but I can speed walk. I changed body combat to Zumba gold and now adjust Zumba fitness. It takes time but it’s possible to come back and do even more.

Submitted by S Ahern – visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

Rise to the challenge – FACE IT, DON’T FLEE IT!

I’m here at the moment in a sport’s rehabilitation centre in France recovering from my shoulder surgery. I’ve been told I will probably not regain full mobility with my arm… But how many times have I been told that I won’t be able to do something in my lifetime of 46 years!

As a youngster, I would come back from my winter holidays and say, I want to be a ski instructor, my brother would say, “that’s not a real job”… I went on to join the Austrian ski school in the early 90s before going to university. I then worked as a ski rep for PGL school ski holidays, where I met a snowsport’s instructor who I fell madly in love with (and looking back, I think I must have been mad at the time!). When I said I liked the idea of doing the job of a ski patroller… he replied, “that won’t be possible, you can’t ski!”.

I went on just under ten years later in 2007 to pass the formidable French ski test and gain a place on the sought after ‘Pisteur Secouriste’ (ski patrol) training and earned the 1st degree.

In my workplace, the ski resort’s name I won’t mention, many of my male colleagues said I didn’t have the experience to go to the next level. I soon rose to the challenge and gained a place at ENSA, the renown Alpine school in Chamonix to do the 2nd degree – which I passed.

This was when I was given the privilege of taking on a puppy with the French fire brigade mountain rescue unit to train as an avalanche search and rescue dog handler. Again, I was told that I was probably not up to the standard to pass the exams. But when I left for the course two years later, my boss just said with no encouragement for my own competence in this field, that “I had a good dog”. I passed the 2-week course with flying colours. It is often said a dog is what it’s owner makes it.

Maybe every time I am goaded, the fire in my belly gives me the force to go forward in these male-dominated professions. I have learnt that even if someone says I’m not capable, and yet I feel the capacity deep down – I keep pushing forward. Also in those bleak moments, and we all have them, I get outdoors with my best friend, my dog Fjord. I feel so much better after a stride into the hills in the rawness of nature. I am now channelling my energy into educating British children on mountain safety, viewed through the eyes of Fjord, my search and rescue dog. Don’t be put off by a challenge, RISE to the challenge and push through, it will make you stronger. We all need a purpose in life!

Submitted by Caroline Elliott – visit her website or follow her on YouTubeFacebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Thought I couldn’t

I was the oldest person in my diving class.

One of our learning skills had us watch the instructor remove all their equipment piece by piece and give it to their dive buddy (the last being our tank and bcd fin), surface, take a breath and descend before reversing putting the equipment back on.

We students politely clapped underwater – I thought to myself I will never in my wildest dreams ever do this.

When we surfaced the instructor asked who wants to be first to do this, and it just came out of my head to say ME!!. And I did it and it was one of if not the greatest achievements in my life. Diving is a pure joy. It opens up another world of adventure to experience the underwater world.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

You are never too old

I’ve surfed for over 50 years but my body was struggling with old injuries started nagging at me. So at 58, I started a new water sport. Surf ski paddling. That has grown into racing. And outrigger canoe paddling.

The best part? I don’t have to wait for the waves to be good to go and have a wonderful time. It’s never too late to toss things up a bit!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.