As with all good media stories at the moment it is time for my review of 2014 and of course the Chile Challenge!
I can still remember the moment I came up with the Challenge, whilst driving home on New Year’s Day and trying to work out how on earth I was going to be ready for the half-iron distance race in June that I had daftly signed up for one evening over the Christmas period. I knew there would be a lot of training to do, and I loved Chile, and somehow the two just came together: a challenging yet attainable distance that could solve everything for me, whilst creating a different way to raise a bit of money for charity.
The blog came later when I realised I wanted a way to keep myself and my sponsors up to date with my progress. Initially it was just going to be some training notes, but it turned out that I enjoyed it so much it almost took over the whole shebang. On the plus side, it has made it a lot easier to look back and review how things progressed last year, so rather than a long, drawn-out review, I thought I would add a few highs and lows from the last 12 months:
January – Cape Horn to Punta Arenas (292 km)
- High Point – Starting the Chile Challenge of course!
- Low Point – My ‘Dryathlon’ (no alcohol) being severely tested during a week working on London
February – Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine (373 km)
- High – Six Nations Rugby: the perfect time for some long bike sessions
- Low – Gym Fever – No outdoor training this month
March – Torres to Coyhaique (as seen on the Top Gear Patagonia Special) (438 km)
- High – Setting up the Turbo Trainer and inventing Cycle-to-Work-from-Home
- Low – Still no races yet this year…
April- Coyhaique to Puerto Varas (447 km)
- High – Finally some outdoor training!
- Low – Huge earthquake in Northern Chile
May – Puerto Varas to Maipo Valley (360 km)
- High – First race of the year (Stratford triathlon)
- Low – Disappointing lack of scenery on the bike & run courses
June – Maipo Valley to Santiago (484 km)
- High – Finishing the Avenger Triathlon of course!
- Low – Being unable to climb the stairs the day after the Avenger…
July – Santiago to Valparaiso (375 km)
- High – Watching a fantastic Team GB triathlon performance in the Commonwealth Games
- Low – A massive Tour-de-France style hill climb during the Peak Triathlon
August – Vina to Pisco (126 km)
- High – Being in Chile and able to see many of the landmarks from this challenge
- Low – Very little training due to being on the road most of the month
September – Pisco to Antofagasta (421 km)
- High – A new PB in the Dorney Triathlon
- Low – Last open water swim of the year
October – Anto to San Pedro de Atacama (367 km)
- High – A week in a hotel with an on-site gym – 6 am starts never felt so good!
- Low – Another hill of pain in the Birmingham Half Marathon
November – San Pedro to Calama (367 km)
- High – ‘Tache aided training during Movember!
- Low – Increasingly cold weather on those outdoor runs
December – Calama to Arica (280 km)
- High – Finishing the 4,270 km Chile Challenge
- Low – Not knowing what to do next…