Oct 09 2018: Back in the (Rowing Machine) Saddle

Oct 09 2018: Back in the (Rowing Machine) Saddle

“TAKE A STEP BACK. BREATHE. REFRESH AND RESTART.” ~unknown~ summary / notes woke around 3am, headed to the gym and was surprised to be joined by a few people around 4am. the session was simple but harder than expected; a reality check for sure. good to be back in the gym, and I know this […]

so far so slow

so far so slow

it hasn’t been a stellar start to training, but it has been a start. there’s been some niggles with the right calf and left ankle; a trip to the physio today revealed that both are probably due to a pair of calf muscles that were overdue some work, and lacking ongoing care… one thing for […]

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 […]