A New Endurance Challenge

Ross Bibby

Six weeks in to life as a new father, and what an amazing experience. I’m not going to lie though, the first 10 days were a test of character the like of which I had never experienced , which is interesting given I have done a number of fairly hardcore endurance races in the past and thought this would comfortably prepare me for what lay ahead. It turns out it doesn’t, and really nothing can, bar going through it yourself.


Having a new born tests, challenges and rewards in equal measure. Sleep deprivation is one of the key elements to overcome, the night after night lack of anything remotely close to a half decent kip, on a constant cycle of feeding, changing and winding. My closest comparison would be a weekend of constant drinking and zero sleeping in Las Vegas I had ten years ago for the Ricky Hatton v Floyd Mayweather fight, but even then that ended after just four days, and I probably slept for a week when I got home.


In the early days with a little baby there is just no time for recovery, and it does test you and partners resolve at times. That said you are told there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that it does get better, and it does, but just don’t expect those first two weeks to be anything other than really, really hard work!…..


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