Getting Fit for Purpose

We all want to be Fit 4 purpose.Fit 4 purpose means being able to mentally and physically perform a task to the best of your ability. The trick is to increase your ability so your performance improves by default. Increasing your ability means being fit and healthy both physically and mentally.

While cycling down the country on the Farmstrong Fit4farming Rural cycle tour promoting farmer wellbeing, I got wind of Sport Waikato organising a new 100km Ultramarathon in our back yard on the Hauraki Plains. Not being one to turn down an opportunity to test myself I set a goal of preparing myself for the ultra in just 22 weeks, that is from zero kms run per day to 100kms per day in one go.IMG_9715

For those that don’t know me I am not a pint sized athlete, I have recently dropped from 115 kgs down to 93 kgs over the past 2 years by changing my diet and exercising. I am built to be a rugby forward where size counts and while cycling improves cardio fitness it does nothing to help running fitness so things have to change and change fast.

I will add I did complete the 100 km TUM in February 2015 as a test of mental fortitude but haven’t ran since so this will be another test of mental and physical endurance – just to get to the startline.

So what does this have to do with farming or anything else other than a morbid story about suffering well it seems sport has a great deal of similarities with life and I will share these over the coming weeks but the first lesson is to break the process down to achievable chunks or you will lose confidence and derail your plans.

To achieve my goal of running the Trail Trilogy 100km Ultra I will have to run 15 half marathons, 2 full marathons and at least 0ne half century before D-day on September the 18th this year. These will all be on trails so none of that pussy road stuff. Now for a seasoned runner this is bread and jam stuff, for others running one half marathon can be a lifetime achievement. Everything is relevant as we are all different so when trying anything be careful not to compare Clydesdale to Thoroughbreds. Clydesdales are far more useful.

The message here is too often we look too far ahead and get overawed by the climb ahead of us.  Set a plan, your own plan, and only worry about today’s activity, today’s recovery and today’s nutrition. As time goes on your plan might change so trust yourself it is for the best as long as the ultimate target stays the same.

As I get Fit 4 Purpose over the coming weeks you can follow my progress and learn some mental skills to help you to achieve your life goals and business goals

The hairy legged cyclist.




About Ian Handcock

Founder Fit 4 Farming initiative Promoting Farmer wellbeing. Performance coach.
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1 Response to Getting Fit for Purpose

  1. Jill Bradley says:

    Congratulations Ian – you are inspirational!!!

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