Complete "Dry January"
Nothing original about the first test for the New Year … but hopefully 31 days without alcohol will make a positive difference as the serious training for May’s 50km row gets underway. As well as the physical endurance, I’m going to need plenty of mental strength to complete the rowing challenge, and “Dry January” represents the perfect opportunity to work on my will power. If I am going to achieve my goal in May, improved nutrition and hydration will be massively important too, but task number one for 2020 (and no.103 in all) is to abstain from alcohol throughout January. It won’t be easy (especially with yet another work restructure due to be announced), but if I succeed, I will guarantee that Saturday 1 February will be very messy indeed!
1st February is here and the challenge has been completed. To be honest a month without alcohol is far easier than an hour without chocolate, but my resolve was certainly tested by events at work over the past couple of weeks. Thankfully, I used the rowing machine to try and clear my head, rather than opening a bottle to cloud it ... I will be having a drink to celebrate, but after that, I'll be back on the rower, adding to the 154,000 metres I've completed in my first month of training.