It’s been a while….

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So, it turns out it has been quite some time since my last post.  I have been busy, but that is not really a reason, only an excuse.  I still believe that if you want something enough you’ll find a way to make it happen, so perhaps I have just changed my priorities a little.

Quick update on me – I’m still at my target weight, still eating like a nutritionist, still trying to be active and outdoors whenever I can…unfortunately an injury to my foot means that this is not nearly as active as I would like.

I have calcification of the ligament between my toes, and a ganglion cyst on the tendon that enables my middle toe to move.  I haven’t been able to cycle long distances since June 2016, and cycling stopped completely in September, due to the pain, numbness and cramping in my foot caused by this injury.  I miss it, very badly.

I am still walking everywhere I can, but can only walk for up to about 45 minutes at a time before my foot hurts.  However, somehow running is unaffected, and I have joined a running club following a formal beginners class in September/October.  I’m not running far or fast, but I am running regularly and I’ve met a great group of people who keep me motivated.

I’ve also taken a beginner’s archery course and subsequently joined a local club, but it’s a bit cold to be standing still without gloves at the moment so I haven’t done any archery for a couple of months.

I’ve found some super recipes which I will share if I ever get the time, and I also discovered this fantastic service called Plan to Eat which makes meal planning, shopping and recipe storage so easy for a tiny monthly fee.

Before my foot got bad enough to stop me cycling I took part in the Portsmouth Duathlon Series 2016 – well two out of three of the races, as I was abroad for the second race. You can see my  Race One results and Race Three results here. The pictures in this post were taken from that event, which I did with a colleague of mine, Diana (also pictured), and we raised money for Naomi House.

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With any luck, now I have a diagnosis, I will be able to get this problem with my foot resolved and be back on my bike soon. I’m not setting any specific dates for this to happen as there is no point rushing the healing process, and I know that when I do start cycling again, it will take me a good while before I regain the muscle and fitness I’ve lost since I was forced to stop, but for now I will be content to think that perhaps by the end of the year I might be able to consider doing another duathlon in 2018.

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