I decided to give up smoking on Thursday 26th January. Thanks to Allen Carr (not of Spexy beast fame @AlanCarr but of Easyway fame @Allencarr) easy to mistake the two if you ask me.
So giving up smoking. I'm not finding it that hard to be honest. A lot of it is fear and the book I read by Allen Carr distills a lot of this (Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr). I'm not saying it's plain sailing but it really isn't as hard as I thought it would be. The book strips away the brainwashing and makes you look at things positively.
Anyway I digress, back to my mission I had one of my brain waves on Sunday 29th January at about 10 pm when I should have been in bed to get up at 4:30 for work but was running a bath instead. I thought how hard could it be to run a triathlon?
I mean it's only swimming (used to swim for my town swimming club), riding a bike (used to ride 20 odd miles when I was a teenager in the 90's) and running. Now I've never been any good at running and the thought of it fills me with dread but what the heck, in for a penny in for a pound.
So I did some research and have now set myself the challenge of completing the London Triathlon at Olympic Standard (thats a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run) a mere 240 days after I stopped smoking.
I should at this point express the gravity of my challenge. I'm 16 stone 3 lbs (as of Sunday evening) and I have done no formative exercise since completing the London 2 Brighton bike ride in 2008 (with no training but thats a another story - one born out of laziness and stubbornness rather than me thinking it would be a good idea ).
I will be doing this (hopefully - waiting on e-mail confirmation) in aid of Cancer Research, which seems quite fitting given I have just kicked smoking which is the largest cause of cancer in society today. I plan on raising more than the necessary money over the next 235 days and will be shamelessly plugging the sponsorship again and again.
I plan on using this blog to publicise my efforts of going from a smoker to a triathlete within 240 days. I will also be publicising my efforts on Twitter and hope to gain some corporate sponsorship of equipment through advertising on my blog, twitter or wherever.
Thanks for reading