Kevan Achieves It All Before His 40th!
They told me but I didn’t listen, they told me it was coming but I didn’t heed the warning. All of a sudden I was 38 and I’d become a parody of myself. Filling out in my early thirties had now become a definite mid-life spread. I’d been relatively active in my twenties but a sedentary life style combined with a new desk job had ensured that the arrogance of youth had now become an extra large slice of humble pie. That was until my wife Catherine literally dragged me along to my first Trail Tribe. I was cynical, “tree hugging hippies - give me some proper free weights if you insist I exercise” was my cry.
Man, was I in for a shock.
The best thing about Trail Tribe is the non-judgmental attitude. You find all levels of fitness combined with all ages but no one cares what you do or where you come from, everyone is there to have a good time and get fit whilst having the best laugh possible - at the helm we find Fay, a constant inspiration with her tales of Channel swimming and hundred mile ultra marathons. My fitness level improved, I found myself taking on more challenges throughout the year - ranging from the Balmoral 10k to the Illuminator 15 mile trail run - Trail Tribe had become a way of thinking, a motivation, a social circle of people continuously striving to become better versions of themselves.
38 turned to 39 and 39 is now edging ever so close to 40. My fitness has improved and like so many I felt I needed an epic challenge before my 40th birthday - something to temper by body, prove to myself I can still do it and I’m not dead yet, slightly dramatic but you get my point. The Devil of Deeside reared it’s demonic head and I accepted it’s hellish challenge. What awaited me was two days of running and cycling over 4 races and a total of 70km. This is when I turned to Fay for a plan to get me through it - Naive enough to start, I was going to get stubborn enough to finish. Fay’s plan encompassed the 7 weeks before the event, outlining on a daily basis what I would need to do to get myself in the best possible shape to finish the event. Core strength training, aerobic endurance, heart rate zones were all to become my new best friends. There is no quick fix to getting fit - will power is not included with the plan but the continuous support, encouragement and help that I received from Fay and also the other members of Trail Tribe gave me the confidence and determination to carry on. I did complete the Devil of Deeside, coming in 53rd out of a field of 120 that started it. Many memories were made over the course of the two days competing. The stand out memory is not one made on that weekend, but of the weeks prior and all the encouragement given - the journey to get to the final finish line. I can not recommend Trail Tribe and Fay’s plans enough, the level of professionalism and knowledge of sports science she displays speak volumes of her passion for her chosen profession. If you’ve got an event and you need help, maybe you should call.. the Jordan.