Running Naked

Running Naked

Just as we are born naked we also start running naked. Running naked is all about instinct and desire. Running naked is running with no technology and no data. Running naked is primeval as it encapsulates the reason many of us start running. Many of us run because it made us ‘feel’ at some level, like it did for Billy and his Mum. Whether we hated the way we looked in the mirror or hated the way that we laboured up the local hill to get to the bus or hated the fact that we couldn’t play with our kids by kicking a ball around the local paddock. Running or any exercise for that matter was the cathartic experience that was needed to make us feel alive again. To ‘escape’ and at the same time ‘embrace’ life.

The Perfect Training Soufflé

The Perfect Training Soufflé

I have often thought that training is akin to cooking. You have the ingredients, you have the method and you have an element, usually an oven, which cooks and brings everything together into a final product. I have titled this blog “The Perfect Training Soufflé” because, as a child of the 70’s, the soufflé was a mythical dish that everyone spoke about. It was the dish that was impossible to get right but if you did it was amazing and you became the talk of the town. If you failed the final product was quickly assigned to the bin and wasn’t to be spoken about again. Such was the fine line between culinary hero and purveyor of expensive food for the worms.

Hopefully you can see the strong parallels between cooking and training while reading this blog. I believe it is good to step back from the face of the training load that we subject ourselves too and look at what we do in a different light. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.

Healthy Versus Fit

Healthy Versus Fit

In February of 2018 I signed up for the Sunshine Coast Ironman 70.3. After I clicked on the ‘register’ button and loudly cursed Active.com for their 8% slush fund fee, I was fired up and ready to train the house down and crack out a PB effort. I had 6 months and a reasonable level of fitness so my first order of business was to take a month off!

Before you stop reading allow me to explain.

First Look Shoe Review: Salming Speed6

First Look Shoe Review: Salming Speed6

This review will read more like a reflective blog article, so feel free to scroll to the end for my verdict on the Salming Speed6. Otherwise, read on for a more scenic route discussing speed in the endurance athlete.

Firstly, let me put myself and this article in context by stating I am an endurance athlete and as such I have always loved the long run, all day rides and the allure of...

First Look Shoe Review: Salming Trail 5

First Look Shoe Review: Salming Trail 5

For those of us who were lucky enough to live in the no nonsense times of the '70s and '80s, we experienced bread at 20 cents per loaf, petrol was cheap enough to run a V8, newspapers were the chief source of up-to-date news and running shoes were simply called 'sneakers'. These multipurpose athletic shoes were used to play basketball on Friday night, go for a jog on Saturday and mow the grass on Sunday. The mere thought of having...

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 3)

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 3)

Nothing can prepare you for how your body feels after swimming 10km in the open ocean, then switching to sitting on a bike for up to 6 hours. When swimming for three hours your body is totally supported by the water. Your head is facing down, your heart gets used to not having to pump against gravity, your internal organs shift position and your muscles have begun the atrophy process as they get used to the weightlessness of the water...

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 2)

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 2)

In my previous blog about Ultraman Australia, I spoke about the history of the race which has stretched back to 1983 and seen just over 1,000 athletes cross the line. My relatively short personal history with Ultraman started in 2015, when I came across the race for the first time. It wasn’t until the following year that I was selected to compete in the event. Having spent over two years...

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 1)

Ultraman: The Soul of Endurance (Part 1)

For those unfamiliar with Ultraman, it is a three day triathlon in which participants undertake a gruelling 10km ocean swim, 421.1km cycle and 84.3km double marathon. Commencing in Hawaii in 1983, over the years it has slowly branched out to several locations, including Noosa Australia in 2015. The Ultraman ethos of "aloha" (love), "ohana" (family) and "kokua" (help) have been the guiding principles of the organising committee at each of...

Barefoot Running for Form Improvement

Barefoot Running for Form Improvement

New Zealand claims the title of birthplace of the running revolution from back in early 1960, when Arthur Lydiard formed the Auckland Joggers Club. After running with Lydiard in 1962, Bill Bowerman, former track coach at the University of Oregon,  brought jogging back to America. The rest, as they say, is history. Bowerman went on to be co-founder of Nike and from this early beginning, led by Bowerman, running grew into one of the largest...