Shaun Higgs, co-founder at Sheaf Street Health Store shares his fitness journey from sofa to Ironman success.
Up to the age of 30, my fitness and weight were easily manageable but then things started slowing down, starting with my metabolism. The weight crept on and my motivation waned. By 2013, aged 46, I hit my biggest ever weight of 18st 3lb. The pivotal moment came when I couldn’t tie my shoe laces and breathe at the same time.
Once I made the decision to change, help came in the shape of two books, and local gym, The Training Shed in Daventry. ‘The 4-Hour Body’ by Tim Ferris helped me take control of my diet, and ‘Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run’ by Andy Holgate, got me chatting to like-minded people in an unofficial triathlon club called The Pirates.
This all led to me losing four stones and completing the Daventry Sprint Triathlon on my 47th birthday. I was hooked, and wanted to take this as far as I could.
The following year, I completed my first ever half-marathon, two standard distance duathlons, two sprint triathlons, bought a wetsuit and completed two standard triathlons, and finally two half Ironman distance triathlons. I was happy with my medal haul – but one was still missing…the full Ironman distance (2.4mile swim, 112mile bike plus marathon at the end).
Well, in 2015, I did it! In bitter cold and driving rain, I completed the Outlaw at Nottingham in 16hrs 13mins. The following year, I set off on one of the toughest Ironman distance races in the world – Ironman Lanzarote – but was unfortunately cut short half-way due an accident on the bike.
However, four weeks later I completed The Outlaw IM distance again in a personal best of 14hrs 55mins. In this same year, my wife and I opened Sheaf Street Health Store in Daventry!
This year, key highlights have been a half IM race (The Grafman) and my third full IM distance called the Lakesman in Keswick.
I’ve met a lot of wonderful people along the way who have inspired and encouraged me, and I enjoy paying that forward, helping others achieve their health and fitness goals. Whether it’s a 5k or an Ironman, if you’re on the start line you’re beating everyone on the sofa.
Meet Shaun and the team at Sheaf Street Health Store, 20 Sheaf Street, Daventry NN11 4AB.