It’s December now, which means Christmas has been around for the last 6 weeks.  As we have a 4-year-old who is really into Santa for the first time this year, our Christmas tree is now up, flashing and looking festive.  The outdoor lights are hung and the timer plugged in, and gifts are piling up in the spare room ready to be wrapped (and sent to Santa for delivery).

As we draw closer an closer to Christmas, we also get closer to the end of the year.  2018 has been a good year for me, a new addition to the family on the first day of the year, I’m the lightest I’ve been for more than a decade and I have a new hobby in cycling.

I’m not a person for making New Year Resolutions, they only fads which people often don’t end up sticking to.  But that being said, I want to start 2019 on the right foot.  I believe in the saying “start as you mean to go on” and I plan on getting some real mileage in next year on the bike.  I’ve started building up slowly, doing rides at the moment around the 1-mile mark, but getting longer and longer each time.  This I aim to take through into the new year.

January is often a month of nothing happening.  People are often skint after Christmas and everyone is coming down from the festivities that have been stuffed into our face for two months by corporate companies wanting to cash in on the end of the year.  The only things we have planned at the moment are two birthdays, the first my baby boy turns 1 on the 1st, then one of my best friends turns over another year mid-way through the month.

Will this is mind and plenty of time appearing to be on my hands I’ve decided to take on a challenge.  Let me introduce to you R.E.D January…

R.E.D January FatMan Slimming

The aim is the ride every day (R.E.D) in January.  Whether that be outside on the bike, or inside on the trainer, I plan on riding every day and I’m aiming to complete at least 10 miles on each ride.  That should total more than 310 miles for the month.  Something ambitious considering that is about what I’ve completed in the last 6 months, but it gives me something to target.

As the days go through I will be marking off completed mileage for each day and I will be looking to post frequent updates on my testing month.  The work, though, starts this week with some planning on when I will be able o ride each day and where if I can get outside.  Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

January 2019