When I’ve been in a similar difficult place regards fitness and especially after deciding I had to stop running, I entered left field events that I wouldn’t normally have considered and, invariably really enjoyed them.
2008 - after suffering badly from EIA at Norseman, I randomly entered the Atlantic Coast Challenge. Had never considered running multiple days, especially on such challenging terrain, it remains one of the best experiences of my sporting life
2015 - Scilly Swim. Again, had never thought of doing anything like this (although you could argue that OtillO has some similarities).
Sometimes, not feeling able to do what you had in your plans can free you to do something completely different.
OtillO wasn’t like that as I entered as my A race for 2010. However, nobody had any idea of how to train for it as the concept was so new. I spoke to several coaches about how to train for it, didn’t really get anything helpful back.
So I made it up as I went along and had a great year just by doing different things to normal.
You might see yourself as unfit now but you still knock out 200km rides regularly. It’s not like you’re in Mr Creosote territory.
Did the Fred in 8 hours (unlike Rob Jebb with his car with flashing lights and his amazing time, was it 5h something?) His car and flashing lights didn’t go down too well with the organisers et al tho. It’s all about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…
Also did it in 2019 or was it 2018 hmmmm in 9h as the bike leg of that Tri X Ironman. We actually missed Wrynose due to a cyclist’s death and went South at Cockley Beck and then up some real pig dog of a climb with clouds of flies just wanting to piss me off by sniffing around my sweaty hands legs arms shoulders head (and toes… oh no) and neck. Urghhhhhhhhhhhh. Challenging. Ended up about 117 miles that day.
Lucky, weather ok I think both times. Wasn’t able to be a hail/snow martyr
Thought I had a chance of Tokyo marathon last week, there was a special ballot for 4 & 5 star major holders. But looks like I didn’t get lucky this time. Not a huge problem as I didn’t enter the standard ballot but after changing from Valencia 70.3 it would have been an option.
Now looking at a half marathon somewhere in Europe in March for a bit of sun in the med! Also Lisbon but it could be quite windy on that route.