9/1 – Well, taper week is here! It has been a long time since I have gone through the motions of preparing for a race but man it feels good! I am really looking forward to hitting Hares and Hounds, having a good time and […]
17/12 – Man, what a week! BALI! We have had the beautiful opportunity to go for a week’s holiday (after some serious mucking around with the volcano half erupting) it has been just the break we needed. All in all, it was a great mix of relaxing by the pool, shopping and training (as well as some surfing). I found some good mojo and while it was a heck of a lot flatter than I expected, I got some decent k’s in….85k plus to be precise. The most I have done in over 8months! The last 5-6weeks has seen consistent running which is a winner!
It has been a long time coming, but man it felt good to get the legs turning over! I ran everyday and walked a heap too. My hip got a little sore during my long run (23k…again the longest I have done in over 8months) but on the back up run I did this morning it was pretty solid. This all makes me super happy and positive about what is ahead. However, one step at a time…literally.
I was also super stoked with my eating through the week. I had a few vegan treats today, however the whole week I ate really well, consciously and not in excess. All of which I don’t usually do on holidays! I was super stoked with this and proud that I was mindful in my practices.
I truly hope and pray that this week has been a launching pad for the year ahead in racing, training and recover. I aim to return to a fitness level and physique that I have never experienced before…..100% lean gains. The master plan is in place and I am ready as ever to execute. Looking forward to seeing you all back on Australian soil soon friends. Much love.
7/9 – Morning friends! First of all I just want to say that this blog isn’t meant to be a pity party or a search for sympathy. It is simply a way for me to share my state of being and be open and honest about where Im at. Lets see how this pans out!
I am currently in a very interesting place as far as my identity goes. For the last 10years, I believe I have been sighted as a number of things, but a constant analysis of who I am has always been centred around being a runner. I have always trained, raced and established myself as the ultra guy. Whilst I feel my personality, spirit and identity run deeper than this surface level enigma, it has been nice to have a constant run through my life for the last decade. However…the last nine months….
Last week I wrote about the struggles I have had over the last ‘almost year’. It seems as though I have faced one hurdle after another, bashing my head against a wall, trying to get my body back to what I love most….training every day and racing regularly. I have put on weight, had injuries, been hit by a car and mentally just struggled through this season. This has led me to ask a few questions of myself. At what point, where you can’t do what you’ve been identified as, does it stop being who you are? Can I even call myself a runner? If not, what is my new identity? What does one even have to do to be able to be able to assimilate themselves with the term ‘runner’?
To some, heck, probably most, this all probably seems like a ridiculous discussion or even something worth pondering upon. To me however, it is incredibly important and deep to my soul and being. I LOVE running and if I can’t do it….what then? Is this last year a sign that I should be doing something else with my time? If so, why do I still have a deep desire to get out and do the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other? Why do I still have so many goals in running?
To be honest, I don’t really feel comfortable calling myself a runner at the moment, yet every part of my being screams ‘YOU STILL POSSESS EVERY ASPECT OF WHAT A RUNNER IS AND DOES’. Does this make it so? So many unanswered questions….
This Monday is six weeks out from Blackall 100k. I deeply want to do it however the running I have done this week hasn’t been amazing and I am STILL struggling with my groin issue, and that little issue I had with a car only two weeks ago! In saying that, I plan on taking some big action I haven’t embarked upon before to try and return to the runner I once was…..actually, I believe my best running is ahead of me but lets cross one bridge at a time!
Running is life, breath, movement, meditation and soul. Its incredibly simple yet brings me so much satisfaction any time I can do it. Running offers so much and I believe I still have so much to give back to it. Am I still a runner…..I pray so…..time will tell. Stay tuned. Much love friends.
24/8 – Whats up everybody?! Hope this blog finds you all well and doing super! Oh my gosh! This week had EVERYTHING! Exciting times, soul fulfilment and down right deadly occurrences….. So, the good first. Some solid running was had this week, particularly from Saturday […]
17/8 – Ohhh I love me some progress! This week has gone well with a bit of discomfort late last week but feeling good at the moment! Which is great considering I did 5hours on the bike yesterday, took a fall (only slow moving) and ended up at the hospital as I thought I had broken my wrist! It was SO painful but after X-rays, no break, just soft tissue damage was the diagnosis. I don’t usually like taking pain relief but I took some Voltarine Mum and Dad had and this morning, what the heck, it is almost back to normal! Go figure! Speedy healer!
Apart from that madness, it has been a good week. I have been feeling good and getting the job done. I am still super focused on Glasshouse but not going to make a final decision on entry until the end of August to make sure all is ship shape. So far, so good thought.
Anyways, just a short one this week friends. We are off to the Coast this weekend so it should be a super nice time relaxing, hanging out with friends and getting some running in. much love all, have a rad week! Peace.
Friday – 10k run
Saturday – 1hr ride (24.3k).
Sunday – 10k run with dad (5.35min pace)
Monday – 16k run (5.29min pace)
Tuesday – 1hr ride (23.2k)
Wednesday – 5hr ride (114k)
Thursday – 18k run Cano (5.38min pace)