Scotland

The year ahead: 2016

It seems that this time every year, every other newspaper is publishing reports about how unlikely we are to stick to our New Year resolutions. With so many vague “get fitter”, “be healthier” type resolutions, I guess it’s not all that surprising. However, I’ve found that I have a lot more success with a to do list format, so this is mine for 2016:

In May I will be taking part in a The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Challenge . The challenge has been set up in celebration of the 60th year of The Award, giving everyone and anyone the chance to take part and raise money for the charity. With work, I’ll be taking part in a four day coast- to-coast epic covering close to 200 miles on bike and in canoes.

The Skye Half Marathon takes place in June, and I’ve only just booked my place today. I’ve got a fair bit of training to do, but hopefully my overall fitness will be pretty good after the Diamond Challenge the month before.

My main goal for the year will be to complete my Mountain Leader assessment. I completed the training in April 2015, and would love to complete the assessment by the end of this year!

With the whole summer free to stomp about the hills to prepare, I’m hoping to spend a bit of time seeing new parts of the country including Snowdon and the Lake District as well as Torridon, Glencoe and Ullapool.

Alongside my challenges, I’m keen to learn some new skills this year.

I’ll be heading over the Glenmore Lodge to take part in one of their winter skills courses in February. I’m really excited to have my first shot of proper winter walking, and to go on a course at the Scottish National Outdoor training centre. Currently, my Munro bagging is limited to 8-9 months of the year depending on the weather, so hopefully I’ll be able to summit my first snowy Munro!

Over the summer, I’m hoping to spend some time learning to surf! We’ve yet to book anything, but Craig and I are pretty set on spending a week at a surf camp in France. With a week on site and two hours of lessons a day, I’m hoping I can get fairly competent by the end of the summer. I’ll wait and see if I’ll be mad enough to bring my talents (or lack thereof)  back to the North Sea in Aberdeen or not later.

I’ve got a pretty ambitious year ahead, and I’m really excited to get fired in and start training. I’d love to hear what you have planned, and would be massively grateful for any advice to help me stay motivated and achieve my goals!

 

 

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