So who exactly is Endurance Daddy?
Well permit me to explain. My name is Andy. I’m 44 and daddy to two great kids – Lily (7) and Oscar (3). It’s fair to say that along with my wife Nikki, these guys are my world. We live in Norwich, a fine city in the east of England.
Endurance Daddy has come about because over the last few years, I’ve found myself on a mission to increase my own personal fitness. Having hit my late 30s I’d become distinctly out of shape. Like a lot of people in my age demographic, I wasn’t faring too well. As a result, in late 2013 I started a fitness campaign. Enrolling in a local Fitness Bootcamp lost me two and a half stone and over the course of 2014, I added to the fitness mantle by adding obstacle course races (two Tough Mudders), some 10k road running races and a couple of half marathons to my exercise résumé.
A desire to pick up new challenges in 2015 saw me take on Triathlon as a way to stretch myself. I joined my local Tri club (Tri-Anglia) and with their help over the 2015 season, I completed three Olympic distance Tri events (which, for the uninitiated, consist of a 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10k run) as well as a smattering of half marathons and more 10k races. All of these were done with the rather selfish motive of simply enjoying myself!
In 2016, the mission was to do longer distance races. I completed my first full marathon in Brighton and a half-iron distance triathlon (1900m swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run) in July. I completed two further marathon adventures in the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Series and raised over £1000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
2017 passed fairly quietly except for discovering late in the year that Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP for short) is bloody good fun. I roped Nikki, my sister and brother in-law into a “Morning SUP, coffee and pastries” adventure run by my buddy Martin Rendle at Norfolk Outdoor Adventures. We spent a joyous morning out on the Norfolk Broads paddling amongst nature and surrounded by the stillness and tranquillity of the broads national park. Needless to say SUP had me hooked and I’m now a paid up member of the Norfolk SUP Club. For 2018, I’ve also committed to taking part in my first SUP races, including a rather scary ultra distance event (more on this elsewhere).
This site continues to be about my journey to achieve my goals. It’s a place for me to share how it’s going. To share the ups and downs of training and a place from which I hope to provide some sort of inspiration. After all – I’m no elite athlete. I’m a daddy with a full time job, mortgage and all the other day to day stuff that you probably have too. If I can do this, chances are you could too…