Back to blogging. Back to fitness?

Yet again, I’ve left it a little while since I last blogged. I’ll now try to make up for it – so I’ll probably blog half a dozen times in a week before I slip again.

When I last blogged, I was talking about the impending Jennings Rivers Ride. Sadly the event was postponed, due to the inclement weather at the time. Looking out of the window now, not much appears to have changed. But in actual fact, the rearranged ride, which seemed such a long way away in September, is rapidly approaching.

As with last year, over the coming weeks, I’ll try to blog about my experiences of training and preparing for the ride – that way it means that I should do some training and preparing.

In recent weeks, due to changes in my life (new job and new home) and an injury (baker’s cyst – fluid behind the knee), I’ve not been doing as much exercise as I should, so I need the Rivers Ride fear to motivate me. Let’s hope it does.

I am also motivated to improve my fitness by the hard work and dedication of one of my very best friends, who has chosen to give up alcohol for the duration of 2014. Karl Connor is blogging, very honestly, and publicly, about his desire to stop drinking.

His push to change his life for the better is a genuine inspiration to me and many other people. I would urge you all to check out his blog, which can be found at

A number of people have asked me whether Karl will succeed in his challenge. It doesn’t really feel like my place to answer that question, but I can tell you that I have never seen his as driven and resolute in his life, so I do know the answer. He’s looking fitter too.

I want to do all I can to help Karl in his challenge. I am not sure exactly what that looks like, but the best way to do it is probably to take a look at my own lifestyle to try and make some healthy and supportive choices. After all, it’s just as easy to go swimming on a Friday evening as it is to go to the pub! Isn’t it?

On that note, I’m still attending fat club, but in recent weeks I wouldn’t say I’ve been participating. The plan for the next week is to address that.

In the meantime, I’ve recently blogged for the great guys at about my experiences in local government communications. You can find the blog here, and I’ll also upload it to this site.

Thanks for reading.

The only man in the room

Published by Ian Curwen

Communications professional and a bit of a foodie that wants to travel more. Sharing my observations on life.

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