Recently, I have been asked the same few questions by several of you who (surprisingly) read my blog. Although obvious questions, I realised I have never addressed them. So here they are, and some answers to go with them.
(Photo Credit: Adam Roberts, Mr. Orangedog Photography) As 2015 drew to a close, everyone here in Thailand was very excited: as Christmas is non-existent, the New Years’ parties take the front seat. I witnessed 2016 coming in on the local beach, watching a sea of lanterns being set off along the the 5km beach, and the biggest and best hotels competing to set off the biggest … Read More The (somewhat brief) nature of resolutions
For those of you who celebrated Christmas, I hope it was extremely merry, and for those of you who didn’t, well, I hope you had a great week. Over the holiday, I took an actual holiday from training. Some time completely off to recover from a couple of intense months of swim, bike and running. I was fortunate enough to explore a different country in South … Read More A Juxtaposed Christmas at the Genocide Museum
Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the eye-opening experience of both racing and marshalling major triathlon races. The first of the events – Laguna Phuket Triathlon – I raced. Although I was aware of draft marshals out on the bike course, I was also aware that for a lot of the course, I was flying solo, always respecting the 7m thai drafting … Read More Impartial Marshalling
Initially I thought Chicago was to be my last race of the 2015 season, but then there was a change to plan. I decided to take some time to focus on triathlon whilst training in Phuket, and suddenly LPT 2015 was set to be a pretty incredible race for me for several reasons. Firstly, my new training group Z-coaching calls Laguna it’s home, and thus for the club … Read More Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2015
In my two ‘A’ races this year – the Zell-am-See 70.3 World Championships and Chicago ITU Standard distance AG World Champs, it’s fair to say I was slightly disappointed by my results. In both instances, the results weren’t “bad”, with 7th and 5th place in the World respectively, but what was “bad” was how I raced and how I felt on the run.
In my previous post, I mentioned the analogy between human and Earth’s boundaries. How if we go at something full force without taking a break to recover, we’ll eventually burn out, in the same way that we’re burning our planet out. But some deep thoughtful friend of mine threw in a wild card: what about external influences to these ‘closed’ systems with defined boundaries?
How time flies! Apparently it’s been over a week and a half since I landed in Phuket, and my body can certainly verify this. After taking several weeks ‘off-season’ in Sept/Oct, with minimal physical exertion, just enough to keep the legs ticking over, training in Phuket has certainly been a shock to the system. Especially in the swimming department, where 20 km weeks are … Read More Sustainable Development – An Athlete’s Persepective
This race was the last in my pretty packed 2015 triathlon season. Coming second at the Deva triathlon qualified me to compete for GB in the Olympic distance age group World Championships.
As part of my Master’s degree, I started keeping a diary to note down significant speakers, companies or friends who had said something influential to me regarding my attitude towards sustainability and the environment. Initially, I was slightly against the idea, but as the term went on I got very enthusiastic about my little notebook. Most of all, I enjoyed reading back through it … Read More Why I’m here…(electronically speaking)