new beginnings

new beginnings

it’s funny how things come together and work out; just the other day I was talking about how this amazing adventure started five years ago, and prior to that, talking about how triathlon training, and ultimately completing a triathlon, was part of the next phase. well, training starts tomorrow, with session 1 of the Perth […]

five years

five years

when I headed down to Australind on Friday, when we set up the “Hearts Across Australia” base camp, when I went to the registration desk and got my race bib… I was completely oblivious to an amazing fact. on the 20th January 2012, exactly 5 years before, I put this site and the Facebook page online (under the name “no […]

and now for my next trick…

and now for my next trick…

so the dust is beginning to settle, and the legs are beginning to function again… and as is usually the case after an event or milestone, the brain is working overtime… where to next? what’s the next challenge? well the fact is, what happens next has been on my thoughts for quite a while. even […]

why do we do it?

why do we do it?

Yesterday, I took part in the Australia Day Ultra down at Australind. It’s the third year for this event, and my third year being part of it. Today I am sore, tired, struggling to walk normally and feeling sun-kissed and weathered… It was the culmination of 32 weeks of training; 32 weeks working towards the […]

the final countdown

the final countdown

Looks like the final weeks of training are determined to contribute to ultra-maranoia… this week (week 29) started with a missed training session yesterday. Fortunately it was “only” a 4km run, so not a huge loss in terms of kms, but the reason for it was aches, pains and a slight temperature… The good news […]

week 28 ends

week 28 ends

so Christmas week was a bit of a mixed bag – after taking a tumble on Wednesday, I skipped training on Thursday due to the after-effects of the stack (that familiar battered feeling). Then on Christmas Eve, the plan was to run from Canning River to Shelley Foreshore and back, then run Canning River parkrun […]

traditional pre-event stack

traditional pre-event stack

I wasn’t really looking forward to today’s training, but once I started running i actually felt surprisingly good; the legs were still a little tired from the weekend, but overall I didn’t feel too bad at all! The tiredness probably helped contribute to what I have taken to calling my “traditional pre-big-event stack”. I fell […]

week 28 commences

week 28 commences

as the rest of the world gears up for Christmas, I commence the first of two 75km weeks. Thanks to the timing of Australia Day Ultra, my peak training weekends are Christmas and New Year… my taper starts on Jan 2nd! 27 weeks done, some awesome events and memories along the way, and now just […]

just be happy

just be happy

it was just over a year ago that I returned to Perth, and with 12 months to process everything that has happened, I finally feel as though a fog of some kind has lifted; there is a renewed clarity and understanding. I have been trying to put my finger on it; why was I so […]

25 Oct 2016 – we are Australian

25 Oct 2016 – we are Australian

  there’s not much else I can talk about today, because I am simultaneously excited, overawed, overwhelmed and pinching myself. later today I will be part of the athlete’s parade, at the welcoming ceremony of Perth 2016, World Masters Athletics Championships! now yes I do know it’s not a qualifying event, and yes I know […]