Real Life vs Arch 2 Arc


I tell you what, it’s a battle every week.

Training, working, meetings, events, family, social life, the list goes on. Week on week you have to juggle to fit in your training. I find if I miss a morning it sends me into a spiral! How am I going to get the time later, I’ve got a meeting? I’m not going to get home till late, then it’s straight to bed. But then I don’t have enough rest so the next morning’s workout is going to be harder! Aaaaaargggggggh!

This, friends is Arch 2 Arc!

Now it’s fair to say that I am no stranger to a party and I love my weekends but the level we are training at and the weekend “Big Run” dictates that you just can’t continue in the same pattern. It’s a total lifestyle change and that isn’t just for the 3 of us who are taking on the challenge. Our family life changes. Our family changes for us. Time with our loved ones is reduced but I think it’s fair to say the support has been incredible. Or quite possibly they are delighted of the break!


Over 5 months in and it’s fair to say we haven’t exactly lived like monks but it’s really about choosing your battles wisely. Admittedly I am not great at saying no. After the 2nd “Derek just have a drink”, I’m in, so I find its either best to stay only for a while or take myself out of the equation all together! I am weak to the powers of persuasive friends!

Work & charity commitments have to come first through our training which means you have to be flexible in order not to miss training. That can mean moving days off, arranging a gym in another town when working away (not as easy as it sounds sometimes) or getting up at 4.45am to get a big run in before meetings. The bottom line is that you just cannot afford to get behind so flexibility and creativity is essential to get it done!



It’s very obvious to me that the Arch 2 Arc challenge is more than navigating yourself from London to Paris.

The challenge is the daily training, mental and physical. The challenge is being in the gym at 6am every session. The challenge is juggling family. For Dean battling his MS. The challenge is giving work 100%. The challenge is trying to still live your life!

This is Real Life vs Arch 2 Arc

Thanks for your support!

Derek x

PS Did you know that you can also get involved? Would you like to take on the challenge at home, on the roads of your town, in your gym, at work, at school? Message us to find out more!