One quest completed and another about to begin

Well I ticked the box on the 35-mile Ultra-Marathon yesterday (my 25th marathon distance) and satisfied myself that ordinary marathon running is my distance and that I will not be doing that to myself again.

At the start of the run I was chatting to runners who regularly smash out 50 and 100-milers – hats off to them (although reading between the lines it seems that they have little time to do much else with their lives – in a state of perpetual training).

I don’t want to invest that level of dedication (fanaticism?) into my distance running and so will now revert to “just” marathons – the next one will be Gloucester on 6th August with my running buddy Marcus Spry and it may seem like a doddle after Sunday’s Wirral Way experience.

Today I’m taking a free day to attend a Compulsory Basic Training course en route to a full motorbike licence before the end of August.

It was, of course, a masterpiece of personal organisation to arrange that the day after the Ultra – I can imagine the instructors will be wondering why it takes me so long to actually get on a bike – ah well.

Yes – it’s another bucket list day – learning new skills, setting new challenges, moving out of my comfort zone, setting quests.

The older I get, the longer the bucket list and here’s my coaching for you this morning – start your list now.

On the subject of challenges, there will be some existing news later this week about 7 explorers and our 2018 expedition – watch this space as I’m excited to tell you all about what we are proposing.

I’m off to learn something new – Coach Barrow will be back tomorrow morning.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.