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 […]

new beginnings

new beginnings

it’s funny how things come together and work out; just the other day I was talking about how this amazing adventure started five years ago, and prior to that, talking about how triathlon training, and ultimately completing a triathlon, was part of the next phase. well, training starts tomorrow, with session 1 of the Perth […]

five years

five years

when I headed down to Australind on Friday, when we set up the “Hearts Across Australia” base camp, when I went to the registration desk and got my race bib… I was completely oblivious to an amazing fact. on the 20th January 2012, exactly 5 years before, I put this site and the Facebook page online (under the name “no […]

and now for my next trick…

and now for my next trick…

so the dust is beginning to settle, and the legs are beginning to function again… and as is usually the case after an event or milestone, the brain is working overtime… where to next? what’s the next challenge? well the fact is, what happens next has been on my thoughts for quite a while. even […]

why do we do it?

why do we do it?

Yesterday, I took part in the Australia Day Ultra down at Australind. It’s the third year for this event, and my third year being part of it. Today I am sore, tired, struggling to walk normally and feeling sun-kissed and weathered… It was the culmination of 32 weeks of training; 32 weeks working towards the […]

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 […]

traditional pre-event stack

traditional pre-event stack

I wasn’t really looking forward to today’s training, but once I started running i actually felt surprisingly good; the legs were still a little tired from the weekend, but overall I didn’t feel too bad at all! The tiredness probably helped contribute to what I have taken to calling my “traditional pre-big-event stack”. I fell […]