Our site works best with JavaScript enabled.

Daring Deeds - real stories, expeditions, road trips and adventure

Almost over and nearly about to start.

By Paul Errington | 18, Dec, 2012

So 2012 that's pretty much done with save a few weeks but 2013 is nearly here .. a fresh year .. a new start ... 12 whole months of opportunity !!!!

I got back from Dirty Kanza pretty tired ... I wasn't done with bikes but I was certainly done with rigorous training regimes so I decided to have a few weeks off training and racing .. well that kind of turned into a few months .. I rode when I wanted to, I went trail running .. I even bought a surfboard and am still attempting to learn to surf smile

I weighed up what I wanted from cycling ... tried to put myself back into the mindset you always find yourself in mid race when you just wanna quit and eat cake .. well i was sure I still wanted to eat cake and I was 99% sure I still wanted to race or at least put myself into challenging situations even if that involved a number board or not.

Then the 1% doubt I had was quashed by Salsa.. both UK and US Salsa folk.. showing enough faith in me to set me up with a few new bikes and let me start telling people I was a Salsa sponsored rider ... joining a great group of existing riders who never fail to inspire me.

So then the training started ... I never train when the motivation is not there its so counter productive to force yourself to do anything your heart is not in ... turbo sessions and longer rides were the order of the day and thats where I am now. 

Continue reading about my plans for 2013.

  • Google+

In pictures

  bikepacking endurance racing

No Comments

Share your thoughts about this article.

Related Deeds

Coffee, curry, cake, beer and a bicycle
last minute trip for Yak Attack
In Daring Deeds
Run E1 the opening stages
Early stages of the E1 run across Europe
In Daring Deeds
Reaching the E1 start line
getting ready to run across Europe
In Daring Deeds
The Camino Report - part 3
reviewing the Sonder Camino
In Daring Deeds
The Camino Report - Part 1
first impressions on the Sonder Camino
In Daring Deeds

News

A Summer French Divide
cycling across France
In News
Mountain Podcast
a show about adventure in wild places
In News
A whole host of bikepacking goodness…
With Winter upon us we have upped stock and made sure we have all you need.
In News
Doubling up
Alpkit mountain tandem
In News
Paul Errington’s Long Distance Steed
Mr. Errington tests out a new set up
In News

Develop

Love Mud 650b+ wheels bars stems
Introducing Love Mud Bike Components
In Develop
Sonder Bikes Arriving Soon
Everyone has a story. Whats yours?
In Develop
Dual Airloks arrive with a surprise
A Cuttlefish lurks beneath
In Develop
WRT Follow Up
Jim looks at bike cockpit set ups
In Develop
Zhota world travels
The tent big on liveable space
In Develop

Spotlight

Catch Nature off Guard
Travel Quieter, Lighter and further, and stay out longer
In Spotlight
Bikepacking what to pack
What to Pack for 100 miles over 2 days
In Spotlight
UK Made Adventure - Stingray
UK made adventure bike luggage
In Spotlight
UK Made Adventure - Stem Cell
UK made adventure bike luggage
In Spotlight

Kudos

Explore Alpkit

adventure
adventure racing
adventure travel
alpine climbing
backpacking
ballooning
big shakeout
bike packing
bikepacking
biking
bivvying
bouldering
camping
canoeing
canyoning
caving
climbing
clothing
coasteering
cooking
cross country skiing
cycle touring
cycletouring
cycling
deep water soloing
dry tooling
duke of edinburgh
endurance
endurance racing
expedition
fat bikes
fat biking
film making
hill walking
ice climbing
kayaking
micro adventure
mountain biking
night running
open water swimming
outdoor photography
outdoor swimming
parasports
running
sailing
scuba diving
sea kayaking
ski mountaineering
ski touring
skiing