2018, a new chapter.

As we tick into a new year, the inevitable talk of resolutions abounds. I’m not one for resolutions, but I do like to set goals, get them aired; getting them aired seems to give them more weight and make me more accountable; and work towards them. A goalIf I look back on last years goals, its fair to say they didn’t all get smashed. Some did, some got removed from the list and replaced with other new goals and some changed into something different as the journey developed and evolved – I didn’t get any work published but I did get on BBC radio and television. But the list, it’s purpose and the ownership I have of seeing that list come to fruition framed my year and gave me structure.

Last year, for the first time I encouraged Boy Child to put a list of goals together, to give him some goals to work towards and some means of pushing and motivating himself. This year he asked if he could write a new list, and so too has the list writing and goal setting been taken up by big sister and Mummy. Boy Child’s goals are an interesting mix, and I’m looking forward to helping him achieve his goals (and sample the cake!);

  • Complete Junior Spartan race
  • Learn to bake a cake all by myself
  • Video blog more little adventures
  • Learn to fly a kite
  • Swim 25 metres

Not bad for a boy who only turned 7 a few weeks ago!

Me on the other hand, well, mine are possibly less interesting or fun, and notwithstanding a few domestic goals I’ve removed, look something like this;

  • Complete two endurance adventure challenges –  Lon Las FKT cycle ride and Snowdon48 challenge
  • Do something to widely promote “alt.fitness” to youths
  • Plan & execute x1 profitable small Endurance Department event in 2018
  • Start to plan a larger Endurance Department event for 2019
  • Get x1 new Endurance Department client per month
  • Be more consistent with my nutrition – less alcohol, refined carbs and dairy (processed food)
  • Encourage and support both kids and Mummy to work on setting and smashing their goals
  • Blog (write and video) more about all the above
  • Turn 40!

So there they are, the things that, as of today I hope to work towards, smash and add to or develop over the next year. The next chapter. What do you want to write as your 2018 chapter?

Being a media darlin’ helps get the message across….

I’m sitting here drawing up a list on challenges and adventures for 2018. To be fair, it’s not a long list. It’s not a long list because I have some pretty definitive ideas, and while I look forward to working on them, training for them and planning them, I have half an eye on the question of whether they are of interest to anyone else, other than me?

You may ask “why does it matter if you do this stuff for you?”. Well, it matters in part I guess because I’m passionate about doing these adventures and challenges to both push the message out to the wider community that challenge and endeavour are within us all and to also support and shout about causes close to my heart that frame the same message – a message of opportunity, of faith and perseverance – and if these ideas are of interest to others, the greater the opportunity to shout about those messages!

Reflecting back, this year I have been exceptionally fortunate that my big challenge for the year, the Cotswolds Adventure Challenge was picked up in the outdoor sports press by OutdoorsRadar as well as both BBC television and radio. Looking forward, I am excited for the challenges to come in 2018, as well as the opportunities they will in turn bring. What are those challenges…….? Hmmmm, for now, that would be telling, but I’ll let you know soon enough 😉

 

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Big thanks – Cotswold Adventure Challenge

Twelve months ago, I sparked an idea that came to fruition yesterday afternoon. To complete a circular adventure challenge of the Cotswolds. Some 300km roughly, cycling, running and kayaking, including running the 102-mile length of the Cotswold Way. Why?

1. Because I wanted to prove I could
2. To raise money and publicity for a great cause
3. To motivate others to get out and be active themselves

I had never intended this challenge to become the behemoth it did. Keeping it simple was the original plan, but as with all things such as this it grew legs and kept going. While it’s fair to say that in the build up, the way the challenge was growing in logistics was somewhat at conflict with my original idea, I cannot express how humbled and happy I am at how it did grow and the swell of support, I owe a lot of people a lot of thanks.

Such endeavours are selfish, of course I know that, and that in part makes the growing support and help I received from friends, family and in some cases on route total strangers, even more humbling.
I set out to raise money for The Children’s Society; as a father it’s amazing to see my own children grow and develop, in a secure and loving environment, where they are encouraged to push themselves, to try new things, to make mistakes and learn – not all children sadly have the same opportunities in life or the same support and The Children’s Society provide valuable services to help less fortunate children, the future of our society and communities. I’m stoked to have been able to both raise (exceed) the fundraising goal for them but to have also secured additional publicity and media coverage for this great cause.

Pushing our minds and bodies to the limit is not something that comes easy to most of us. But if we set goal, plan the process and build up to it, we can all achieve our personal goals, goals which are different for all of us. Whether it’s a first 5k or climbing Everest, we can all do so much more than we think. Everyone reading this, you; can get up and do something you currently think impossible – being active, being outside, pushing yourself, rocks.

Thank you so much to everyone – Paul Smith at Rock and Water Adventures and the guys at Pyranha Kayaks for the kit and support for the kayak leg (The P&H Custom Sea Kayaks was awesome), my support crew, friends and family who met me at various points and rode, ran, hobbled, walked, kayaked with me. The hugs, the sarcastic comments, it all helped soooo much.
Rhyannon Burman-Day
Emma Chetwynd Jarvis
Bryony (You Rock Star)
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Colin Burman (Mum + Dad)
Matt Shipp
Andrew Ferguson
James Hosken
Samantha Hosken
Hannah Butcher
Jamie Davies
Dominic Crawford
Carly Jack Walker
Chloe Tipper
Ben Moppett
Paul Greenwood

And the many many others that turned up to cheer me on, sent me messages and who donated ££££ sorry too many to name everyone …………………..

Thank you

Chris “Kit” Burman-Day

You’re an ultra-runner when….

I’m an ultra-runner! We come in all shapes, sizes and ages. We’re not all sporting single-figure body fat percentage and calves like diamonds, well, I’m not and I promise you more don’t than do; but there are some commonalities across the diverse mix of us. How many of these do you recognise in yourself, and those around you?

1.Race entry is based on two of these factors; good medal, great cake or free beer!
2.Ten toes, does not necessarily mean ten toe nails – equally a shade of purple or black is totally acceptable for the nails that are left!
3.You have one pair of “work” shoes, but running shoes for every terrain type, cushioning requirement and day of the month.
4.N+1 is not an equation to do with bikes, its clearly meant for running shoes!
5.The most important items in your wash bag are Vaseline, Body Glide and Preparation H.
6.When planning a family trip away, the first thing you do is ask Siri about local trail races, the second is search Strava to local run routes.
7.It’s not just bears that sh~t in the woods, but you need to remind yourself it’s polite to wait in the bathroom queue when in a restaurant with friends.
8.Your friend has been training for six months for the local road marathon, you decide the night before to enter on the day as the route looks like a good training run.
9.The pinnacle of sports nutrition is cold pizza, Scotch egg and a Greggs pasty!
10.Your TV is never on but you spend hours watching ultra documentaries and kit reviews on Youtube.
11.When you get back from a training run and your mum / partner / friend asks “how far did you go” and you answer in days not distance!
12.Your go-to going out shoes are flip flops, no matter the weather or dress code (who mentioned Crocs?!)!
I may or may not recognise or agree with all of these (of course I do); I’d love to hear of any other distinguishing commonalities that you can think of!

What doesn’t kill you……

4D1EE1A9-9FA8-4BF6-B461-96004B926310.jpg“Just put one foot in front of the other…” the message on my IG feed said. We’ve all heard that, maybe even said it to others before they bite off their first 10k or similar challenge; Its probably been said to me, more times than I can think or recall; a throw away comment, maybe?

Two weeks ago I ran the Action Challenge Cotswold Way 100km ultra – why? In part as training and a recce for my bigger local challenge later this year, in part too because the 2017 medal hoard is looking bare!

Now, I live on the Cotswold Way, I train on it almost daily, and ultra distance endurance is my jam, it’s my wheelhouse, so this race, nooo problemo!

The first 40km or so felt amazing, I recall thinking that my HR was on point, I didn’t feel like I was pushing too hard, the aid stations were fantastically managed and as such my nutrition on the ball; I was on for a sub 16hour 100km on one of the most challenging trails!

Where it went wrong I don’t know, there wasn’t one moment, one thing that fell apart, but by the 50km mark my feet were torn to shreds despite earlier attempts at patching and taping; I had developed not just blisters (I rarely get blisters at all) but large patches of torn skin, wheaping, with secondary blisters developing on the bare exposed skin. My heels on both feet, inside and outside edges were raw and bleeding. On reflection I think the realisation that the state of my feet combined with the next 50km of unrelenting terrain and incline took its toll on my mental state – I’m still not sure how, or why – it’s not as if pain, and physical or mental endurance are new to me; but this race, this day was slowly breaking me!

There was no thought of quitting, it’s not what I do. I get satisfaction from the pain, the process and achieving the goal – the goal was to complete, and to learn, and neither were in doubt.

By Km 65 I had been met by the familial support crew, a cheeky beer a BBQ’d burger and hugs at the aid station was just what was needed as night set in, taking the next wooded section in the silence of the night staring into the beam of my head torch. As I moved off into the night, the cold of fatigue struck and despite the warmth of the spring evening my hat and gloves were needed to ensure cold and fatigue did not translate to shock, as every step brought with it searing pain in my quads and hips, this pain was nothing however compared to that of my feet as each step, each rolling foot strike on the undulating ground meant more wheaping from the bare skin on my feet.

As I stared into the torch beam, it was at this point that the words in that message (Ash, thank you!) came to mind and where dismissed as quickly….. But not for long. Dropping out of the wooded trail into Stroud, the expected relief from the arduous trail as I ran along paved paths didn’t come.  Those paved paths were brutal and relentless in their impact on my feet and my body – “just put one foot in front of the other…” as I crossed the canal, uphill for 10km towards Painswick, I found myself counting, one, two, one, two, one, two; it had come to this.

By this time my slick pace had slowed to the more common “ultra-shuffle”, more likely a grimace and ultra-hobble. My head was well and truly up my a##e and the mental toughness I had always prided myself on had certainly, even if I couldn’t acknowledge it at the time, been nuked! All I had, all I was capable of doing to maintain my function was, one, two, one, two…..

As I crossed the finish line, way more then 16hrs after I started, I felt nothing. No relief that it was over, no exhausted urge to sit or lie down, and more oddly no sense of satisfaction. Nothing.

Two weeks later, I’m back training, I still have the wounds on my feet (they’re getting better) and a medal, t-shirt and pic or two – but there’s something missing, some expected emotion that hasn’t happened, but I don’t know what.

My goals for the race? Complete it. Done. Learn from it for next time. Done – more of those lessons to come…

This, why am I writing this? Not sure; it was tougher than I thought and the support from friends was much appreciated so I guess this is me saying “it really f-ing hurt, but THANK YOU for the support – the family race crew were amazing, and Ash, those words, they got me through!

Next………..!

I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done…

So, not one for New Year’s Resolutions I set some 2017 goals instead; some personal, some professional some just things I’ve put off long enough.

2017 has been a crazy, emotional roller-coaster so far, and there have been a number of moments when I’ve thought to myself that I should just capitulate and let the World take over and roll with the events that seemed to be shaping my immediate direction. Safe to say, had I allowed that to happen, things would be very different.

Not giving in and taking control of those goals and the steps needed in recent months to get to my happier-place, and two months’ in I have a new job starting, and making steady strides to plan my business idea, have held a trial trail-running guided-workshop, the Cotswold Challenge planning is complete and this past week have passed my Certified IRONMAN Coach qualification…there have been times I’ve been tired, exhausted and desperately not wanted to have the strength to see these goals through; but when failure isn’t an option, fighting, working hard and pushing on are all that are left, and that’s where the magic happens!

Whatever your goals, whatever your challenges, the pain the stress and worry will go away once the elation and recognition of those successes come, no matter how small – don’t stop when you’re tired; stop when you’re done!

Huge love to The Cotswold Family, for their support and putting up with “grumpy-daddy”, but things are changing! #project2017 #ironmancertifiedcoach #smashyourgoals #300km48hrs ironman-certified-coach-christopher-burman-day

 

I have a dream………

So, for some time (since I was in school really – which was ooohhh so long ago) I have wanted to do something to with fitness, health, food, and helping others achieve their goals in fitness and sport. Twenty years ago my first attempt was “bionicfitness” an online coaching and training platform. At the time the technology didn’t really exist to pull off what I wanted to do, but with the help of some design and IT muckers we came close – pity, as I might have been able to beat TrainingPeaks and Livestrong to the big bucks!

Over the last year or so an idea has germinated and started to evolve, and this year I will be launching The Endurance Department #TED. It’ll be a slow burn, but over time I hope to be able to build a brand and business that will marry up a lot of my goals and aspirations, both personally and professionally.

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My vision, my dream if you like, if  The Endurance Department, a brand that will offer online coaching for novice endurance athletes, 1-2-1 and group workshops in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, goal orientated coaching and mentoring as well as a small range of endurance themed leisure clothing (t-shirts, hoodies and caps etc – whether its trail and ultra running, sportive cycling or long-course triathlon, and in time a series of fun endurance events to get people of all ages and ability involved.

Now, there is a bigger dream for #TED, but that would require a Lotto win to get it off the ground; so baby steps first. While I have a dream, and a goal I’m not foolish enough to think I can ignore my other responsibilities and start over, but its important to focus on and plan for our dreams, whatever they may be. So, if like me you have a burning idea, an aching to do something else or a longing to achieve something you feel is unattainable, do it. Plan, take those first steps, dip your toe in the water, you never know – its better to try and fail than to not try at all; because lets be honest even if it doesn’t work you don’t fail, you learn; and that is how success happens!

#endurance #running #motivation bike-1

Goals for 2017?

So, I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but I have taken it upon myself to set some short and long term goals for this year; a big year for change. Apart from a few I’m leaving off this list; these are my goals for fitness, adventure challenges and a new direction this year;

1; qualify as an IRONMAN Certified Coach

2; pass my Peak Performance Coaching course

3; smash my Cotswold Way adventure challenge

4; run Offa’s Dyke path in one go

5; help a newbie race Man v Mountain

6; Get Boy Child up Snowdon

7; plan and execute 4 family micro-adventures

8; get 4 adventure, endurance or fitness related articles published in print media

9; work with an outdoor kit manufacturer

There are mine. What are your goals for this coming year?

#newyearsresolutions #goals #adventure #microadventure #ironman #endurance

2017-goals

A Cotswold adventure challenge. 300km, 3 disciplines, 48hrs.

In April 2017 I had planned to run the length of the Cotswold Way National Trail, 170km, solo –  no bling, just challenge and satisfaction.

However, while running the Snowdon marathon a few weeks ago, Emma #Run500 “called me out” for only going one way (point to point), clearly this was a set-up to go further, and obviously I fell for it! She had a point, after all! So, not content with running 170km, I will also cycle from Gloucester docks to the start of the Cotswold Way, running its full length, then cycling to Sharpness docks, before kayaking back to the Start / Finish at Gloucester docks. Over 300 kilometers in total, in under 48 hours.

  1. Cycle – Gloucester-Chipping Campden 50km
  2. Run – Cotswold Way 170 km
  3. Cycle – Bath-Sharpness 55 km
  4. Kayak – Sharpness-Gloucester 16km

301km in 48hrs

And then it’s time to PARTY (and sleep)!

While training for the challenge I will be raising money to support the great work that The Children’s Society do, so stand-by for some fundraising details!cotswold-pic

Family microadventire in the woods.

An Easter microadventure with the family #GoApe 

So, following three days of forced incarceration, well partial, thanks to the pressing issue of replacing the garden fence between torrential rain storms it was time to get out, get active and just as importantly, get the cubs out and active!

The planned kayak trek on the Sharpness Canal was called off last minute – well, just because there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing, doesn’t mean playing on a canal is a clever idea in Biblical weather, so truck packed, cubs and K9 clan in tow off to the Forest on Dean we went. The plan? A dog walk, a trail run with Girl Cub and some sausage sizzling on the camping stove……

The reality? Pulling into the Beechenhurst car park (we normally park at Canop Pools) Girl Cub spots the GoApe centre, and makes a point of pointing it out to Boy Cub. So while Mummy Bear is off doing what bears do in forests the rest of the Pack go check out GoApe, initially just to appease Boy Cub; convinced that at 5  he’s both too young and too short. Turns out that you have to be 6. Result. Oh, but he can go on with a “responsible” adult if, IF, he’s over 1m tall. Turns out he is…..

After a safety briefing and issuing of harnesses off we went, Daddy and the two cubs. Now, I’ve jumped out of planes, fast-roped out of helicopters, absailed down cliff faces and buildings……but Boy Cub? Despite his eagerness I wasn’t overly convinced he would  fly too well on a 30ft high tree top assault course on a wire! From scramble-net crossings to rope bridges with off-set steps and a zip wire that must be close to 100m, he LOVED IT!! The course follows a uni-directional route ending in a zip wire that sees you step off a 30ft high platform, no joke for a 5 year old. With two courses, one with a guide-line to help balance and one without, both Cubs had four circuits, with Girl Cub (12) loving the tougher circuit. While Daddy and Girl Cub did a final circuit of the tougher route, Boy Cub was flirting away with the young ladies from GoApe; sporty red-heads clad head to toe in North Face kit, well done young man!

After an hours tree-top adventure it was lunch time. Sticking to plan, lunch meant camping stove on the truck tailgate and sausages – typically just as we lit the stove, the heavens opened. Oh well, no such thing as bad weather…… With the dogs in their crate in the boot and sizzling sausages in front of them, lunch was oh so yummy despite the weather!

A cracking little unexpected adventure was had. With both Girl and Boy Cub learning to push themselves trying something new, tackling something dangerous in a safe and fun environment. I’m not sure it’s the sort of thing that would push my adrenaline buttons, but it was great fun and if you have young ones, well worth a visit, get them active, get them outdoors and push their comfort zone. Kids remember experiences, and this is an experience to remember!