in the beginning part two

in the beginning part two

it seems a lifetime ago that I was setting out on a voyage of transformation. of course, when I wrote my first post, it didn’t seem that big a deal; it was “just” me setting out to run a marathon. eventually. so much has happened since then, I’ve lost 30kg, run many marathons and ultras, […]

Feb 06 2018: Diary Revisited…

Feb 06 2018: Diary Revisited…

So, if I am brutally honest (and really that’s the only way), a lot has gone wrong in the past couple of years. Great habits have been undone, excuse-making has returned, and most worrying is the fact that it’s taken me so long to remember that I have the control and the power. Tonight I […]

that was the year that was

that was the year that was

yes I know there’s still just under two weeks left in 2017, but I’m feeling in a bit of a reflective mood. 2017 was an interesting year, I started out with 75km (out of 100km) for the Australia Day Ultra, I got a bit of pace back doing a triathlon novice course with Perth Tri […]

GCAM Training Day 3

GCAM Training Day 3

With the triathlon Novice Course now completed, the focus has shifted to the next goal; Gold Coast marathon. I decided a while back that I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of a good run there, and so I spoke to Dave Alley about his online coaching. Now you may remember that Dave […]

off to a flying start

off to a flying start

a decent start to things was made yesterday. amongst everything else, I started to sketch out a rough plan of how I might fit things in. one of the key decisions was to aim to get back in the habit of going to bed at 9pm. this worked for me before, and hopefully will give […]

not feeling flat anymore

not feeling flat anymore

the title for this post has a double meaning. firstly it’s a reflection of how I am feeling, how re-energised and excited I am to be mixing up the training. I’ve obviously recovered from the ultra, and am now enjoying doing (much) shorter sessions, running relatively little, and giving swimming and cycling a go. the swimming […]

i am not a fish

i am not a fish

yesterday and today are two very contrasting days; last night saw me in my comfort zone, a club running session at Perry Lakes involving a warm-up, stretching, drills and then a 2km time trial (which will act as a benchmark for later in the course). with the “3 steps” still in my legs, the time […]

snakes, ladders and bricks

snakes, ladders and bricks

so just over a week ago I started the 10 week novice course with the Perth Triathlon Club – this marked the start of a new phase in training, new goals and a new chapter in my personal story. I have to say that so far I am really loving it. we haven’t had a swim […]

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 […]