Last year we completed a triathlon of the width of GB, kayaking the Great Glen Canoe Trail in Scotland, walking the Hadrian’s Wall National trail and cycling the Trans Pennine trail.
This year we are aiming to complete another triathlon, this time doing the conventional trio of running, cycling and swimming but the mileage that we cover will be greater. It’s 2017 so we’re aiming to complete 2017 km: running 1000 km, cycling 1000 km and swimming 17 km. As with other DIY (Do It Your-way) adventures we’ll be completely the miles together as a family. We will seek opportunities to #getoutside whether by foot, bike or in cossies and will be recording how we get on below.
Run = 556 km Cycle = 1,040 km Swim = 25 km
Running is a subject that divides us a family – some of us love it with passion and some of us hate it with vengeance – but it has become something that unites us.
We are aiming to complete the 1000 km as a family, not individually, so over the weeks and months we will find places to run, and events to join in that will mean the kms will trickle in and we’ll record them below. Running for us is about spending time together in the outdoors, getting exercise and fresh air. We are not aiming to compete but enjoy it. Who knows, those of us that hate it might even end up changing our minds?!
It can be difficult to stick to New Year’s resolutions or challenges that you set yourself but being part of an organised challenge will mean we should be able to stick to this.
Cycle 1000 km
The second part of our 2017 triathlon is the cycling challenge. We are aiming to cycle 1000 km during the year. Last we cycled the TransPenine trail as part of our Width of GB triathalon (LINK) and will be looking to find suitable family-friendly routes that will allow us to clock up the distance in order to complete this part of the challenge.
Swim 17 wild km
Swimming in the outdoors is not something that we have a lot of experience of but are looking forward to this part of the triathlon as much as the others. We’ll be looking for various places (lakes, rivers, lidos and the sea) around the UK where we can swim various distances that will total 17 km. Although it is the smallest amount of kms to cover, this might end up being the most difficult!