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Rest

Rest

21/9 – Im not sure why the thought come to my mind, but yesterday I was remembering one of my finest/toughest running occasions….the 2013 Coast 2 Kosci.  The whole race went incredibly well (apart from a MASSIVE attack of the sleep demons thought the night), […]

Runner still???

Runner still???

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 […]

Perspective

Perspective

31/8 – Today is the last day of winter and I hope and pray, the start of some life being brought back to my being, as well as the earth.  The last 11-12months have been pretty rough as well as incredibly rewarding and exciting.  Let me explain…

I had a rough go at it at the Glasshouse 100miler last year getting pretty sick but still getting the job done.  I then ended up in hospital with rhabdo after dropping (whilst in the lead) at Nerang 100miler only to follow up with a dream goal of running 200miles from home in Bargara to the Sunshine Coast in November.  We then kicked off another dream and opened our business The Journey on Boxing Day 2016.  Since then, I am reasonably sure I got adrenal fatigue, didn’t finish Down Under 135miler, got injured and have been out of action for the longest time in over 10years of running.  I was just starting to get some fitness back with some running and a lot of cycling when two weeks ago I fell off my bike and hurt my wrist and then last week got hit by a car on my bike (see last weeks blog).  All of this as well as an emotional roller coaster of a year on many fronts.

Upon reflection and surface level, this has all been a pretty rough trot and really prevented me from doing what I love every day – run.  However, throughout my life, I always try and keep a healthy level of perspective.  I truly am blessed in so many ways and I am sure all of this has happened for a greater reason.  I have been searching for these answers and to be honest, still not really sure why all this has happened but here I am.

Tomorrow is the start of spring.  A time when nature starts to re-grow, life is born and warmth returns to the earth.  I feel like this is an apt analogy for where I am right now.  It is time to re-build, focus and create a new human from the ground up.  I am super sad to say that I wont be at Glasshouse 100 this year after taking part in the event in some capacity for the last seven years.  I am excited to say though that I am firmly focused on Blackall 100 and, providing my body holds up as a result of my car incident, this will be my come back race and return to competition.

Life is a journey and one that we can look upon optimistically or pessimistically.  I choose positivity, life and abundance.  It is not always easy but I do my best.  I will continue to try and find answers from the last year but for now, its time to build the machine from the ground up.  Be prepared as I believe my best racing and training is in front of me and I can not wait to see what I can achieve going forward.  Much love friends.  Peace!

What a week!

What a week!

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 […]

Progress

Progress

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 […]

Almost back

Almost back

10/8 – The last week of training has been a winner.  You could almost say I am back….but we wont get too carried away until I am completely pain free.  But, very positive signs have been experienced!

It has been so so nice doing hours outside instead of minutes.  I have sorely missed the time spent endurance training and the feeling of fatigue brought about by prolonged effort.  This is slowly returning which is awesome.

Something I have noticed also in relation to bike riding and running….longer efforts on the bike induce some deep tiredness in the legs however running brings with it all over soreness and tiredness.  I don’t know if it has anything to do with the pounding on the legs from running or what but it has been an interesting observation.  Thus the reason I stand by running being the best activity for all round fitness and ‘bang for your buck’ as far as time and effort goes.  Running is king.

I have been enjoying all my runs back (even in the stupid cold!) but this mornings outing felt especially good.  I got back to the Cano for the first time and did some hills.  It was nice to work the legs and lungs a little and then roll the pins over on the way home.  Super nice and only some mild soreness in the groin, not pain which is awesome!

So friends, whilst Im not getting ahead of myself, things are surely on the up and up!  Good times!  I hope and pray you have all had a rad week and look forward to catching up again soon.  PEACE!

Friday – 8k run (5.31pace)

Saturday – 1hr bike (24.6k)

Sunday – 10k run (5.23pace)

Monday – 2hr 30min bike (58.4k)

Tuesday – 11k run (5.31pace)

Wednesday – 4hr 30min bike (106k) GOLD!

Thursday – 13k run Cano (5.34pace)

Proper

Proper

3/8- Monday past marked six weeks out from Glasshouse 100miler….and the start of my training proper.  I have been laying/maintaining some level of base fitness through riding and a small amount of running but it is time to get into it! For those following along, […]

Excitement grows…

Excitement grows…

27/7 – Man, I know most people would think I am crazy but I am getting super pumped for this years Glasshouse 100miler!  The reason it might sound crazy is that I am only up to running 4k but stick with me here! As most […]

Missed a week?

Missed a week?

20/7 – Im not 100% sure, but I think I missed a week in my blog?!  Not deliberately, I just totally forgot!  Sorry folks, but Im back.  It has been super nice getting a couple of emails from people who still actually read this.  A couple of fellas hoping to run Glasshouse 100, sharing their positive energy and struggles they are also going through.  It has been really heart warming getting these emails as it feels like I have been out of the race scene forever (not that long, just tough getting away with the shop and with injury but as soon as I am healed, that will all change!)  So, thanks Gordo and Nathan for taking the time to shoot me a message.

So, the last couple weeks.  I am REALLY happy to say that the injury seems to be turning the corner.  The last couple of short runs I have been on the pain has been maybe 2-3 out of 10.  This is a VAST improvement from the previous couple of months where it has been 7-8 out of 10.  I am still being cautious and only increasing my runs ever so gradually but I hope this is a turn for the better!  Will keep you posted!

As a pre-cautionary, I finally have a referral for a CT scan this afternoon.  At the very least, this will hopefully put me in the clear, or at worst give me a diagnosis as to what the issue it is.  At nearly four months since the injury, it will be a relief to have some sort of answer!  I just pray its a positive one.

Outside of running/training, all has been well.  The shop is coasting along and life is good.  I truly feel blessed to be in the position I am in and just can’t wait to top it off with a return to racing.  One step at a time.

Much love friends, have a rad week and looking forward to reporting back with some good news next week!

Still tinkering tediouslly

Still tinkering tediouslly

6/7 – It is almost four months since Downunder 135 and unfortunately I am still unable to run pain free.  I am still doing my best to remain positive and upbeat but it isn’t easy when I LOVE to run and I don’t have that […]