I stirred the pan and tipped in the cubes of butter. They melted gently into the swirling mass of sugar, golden syrup and double cream. I’m pretty sure that one of my arteries closed in fearful anticipation.
Christmas: when else is it acceptable to cook up such a glorious batch of unhealthy treats for your loved ones?
As I put the finishing touches to this year’s Christmas fudge, I reminded myself that I really – really – need to get back out there into the world of serious exercise. I’m still swimming, but I must admit that the spark has gone from my exercise drive as winter has set in and Christmas approaches. My Daily Mile account has not been updated for a few weeks and I haven’t clambered onto my bike for at least a month. And since being given the all clear to start running again, I haven’t.
In part, Christmas is to blame. It is a well known fact in my family that I can be, how shall I say, a bit awkward to buy for.
“What would you like for Christmas?” they ask.
“Um… let me think about it; I’ll get back to you” is the standard reply.
This year though, I had a number of things on my list; not least some Total Immersion goodies that will set me on the path to a much improved swimming technique. On the plus side: something for the Christmas list. On the other hand: I have to wait for Christmas to get my hands on it. I remember now what it was like to be eight, desperate for Christmas Day to arrive so that I could unwrap my presents to see what Father Christmas had brought me. Had I been a good boy? Would I get the lego set I had asked for?
Fast-forward 22 years and I have the same giddy anticipation. But this time, it’s for swimming paraphernalia. In the new year I can use my Christmas presents to structure my training around the Total Immersion lessons. For now, I am muddling through using various drills I have picked up from the many great resources on the internet. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great drills and I’m learning a lot, but I’m looking forward to having structure and some form of progression through the different training drills, which I hope will come with using the Total Immersion method.
I also want to use the new year to restart my running. Having been told by the physio that I can run on my left knee without causing any damage (you would have thought that running on my feet would have been easier, but there you go) I now need to find that drive to brave the cold, wet weather and to get back out there. Casting around on the internet for inspiration, I was sorely tempted by Janothon (something I stumbled across on John’s blog). Strangely, it is not the exercise that puts me off but the need to blog every day for a month. I don’t think I have enough words in me.
For now, I plan to enjoy Christmas and to exercise when I can over the festive period. Then, in the new year, I will reapply myself properly and move my exercise up a gear. I think I will have to set some goals for 2013. What do I want to achieve? That will give me something to chew on over Christmas.
That, and the fudge of course.