On Saturday 22nd April I found myself in a carpark/field in Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park at 7.30am waiting to meet a group of crazy and amazing people called Team True Spirit. The car park was filling quickly as lots of other groups arrived to start their challenge of completing the 3 Yorkshire Peaks…. which is basically 24miles over 3 big bumps in god’s country to walk over and between until you get back to the carpark/field for a well-deserved brew and food and some grub!
Team True Spirit are Help for Heroes long distance triathlon team which often get involved in silly long walks and swims and bike rides alongside triathlon. They are a group of Wounded, injured and Sick servicemen and women and Veterans who sign up to train and take part in endurance events as part of their recover or just for something to do…as you do! And to support the team there are a group of staff members and volunteers to drive vehicles, train and race with people and generally help to support and make the events happen.
I have been a part of the team for 7 years now and can honestly say that being a part of this team has changed my life. In 2011 I completed my first Ironman as a support member and it was a real turning point for me in that it made me realise that anything really is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself. I have been donning my training kit ever since and doing crazy events which have been so much fun and given me some great memories, suntan lines and medals.
The 3 peaks challenge was something that I have wanted to do for a long time and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was busy, red hot and clear which meant that we were rewarded with the beautiful views at the top. It was a long day which we nicknamed the 3 Peaks Picnic as we munched our way around 😊
It was a wonderful day and fab training for the Lakeland 50 which the event that I am training for with the charity. 50 miles in the Lake District on Sunday 30th July. I’m not going to lie I’m not sleeping easy about it but as my friend always says…’If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” and he is most certainly right about that. The magic really does happen outside of our comfort zone and when we challenge ourselves beyond what we think we are capable of.
Whether that is on your yoga mat doing a pose, training for a 10k, applying for a new job or asking that person out on a date…do it! Feel the fear and do it anyway. It might not work out the way you planned or it just might change your life forever.
Lots of love and Yorkshire Puddings