Thanks BS and Cake - appreciate the offer I used to do a fair bit of paddling and have got a kayak on hire for when I go up to Windermere in a couple of weeks to do some training and see where I'm at, but some tips and kit recommendations would be gratefully received, eventually I'll need to get at least the new 2* award as I hold the old BCU ones.
Not sure I'm quite ready to say it out loud Mikasa, you know cause that makes it all real and stuff - I've got a timeline of where I need to be at various points during the next year and have other smaller events in place to measure my progress but I'm just a bit scared that I won't make the progress and will essentially fail!
Wow some great reports coming through, this thread appears to be full of grit and determination well done Pete, Steady and BS.
Spent the last week out riding and slowly building my running up but also putting plans in motion to do an endurance event I've wanted to do for a few years - my motto for 2014 is "stop thinking, start doing" as often I spend a long time pondering things and never actually get round to do it. So I've decided to commit to it but I'll need the next 14 months to prepare.
Also went out with a local cycling group for the first time yesterday - this was unplanned and on top of a hilly ride on Saturday - I didn't wake up early enough to eat enough food and just riding to the meet I knew I had very little in the tank. Consistently dropped off the group but the guys took it in turns to drop back and draft me back up - although it was horribly frustrating it was nice in a way because I got to see how they look after you and encourage you when you're suffering - will happily go out with them again (and eat more!).