The Next Challenge

One day at the start of a Maths class in year 12, our teacher drew a long line all the way across the length of the whiteboard. She then put a tiny dot on the line, and said that was the significance of our school formal in life. In the whole scheme of things it really wasn’t a big deal, the day would come and go and life would continue as usual… She was clearly wanting us to stop talking dresses, hairstyles, formal partners and get back to work. At the time it didn’t feel like that was true, but in hindsight she was quite right, and I reckon an Ironman draws a lot of similarities to the small dot on the long line that was our school formal.

The build up to an Ironman is huge, once you pick your race months in advance it’s on your mind a lot. Every day involves training, recovering, refuelling and repeating (of course with a bit of work and family stuff in between). You try not to let it consume your whole life but as the hours of training increase and the date draws closer it manages to creep into most aspects of life.

The day then comes and goes. You either have the best day of your life or … More The Next Challenge

Ironman Cairns 2016

It’s hard to summarise a race that you haven’t quite decided how you feel about. But how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It was an elephant sized day but will attempt to summarise it bite by bite… I’ll keep it honest, try to keep it interesting but can’t guarantee I’ll … More Ironman Cairns 2016

Leap of Faith

Lately I have been running A LOT. Well, having declared myself ‘not a runner’ for about 27 years, to now be running 6 days a week it seems like a lot to me. For those of you freaking out at 6 days a week don’t worry, they aren’t all long runs and definitely not all … More Leap of Faith

An Open Letter

An open letter to my friends competing in their first long course races this weekend (and also to those whom it isn’t their first, but they need reminding just how awesome they are). Dear Friend, Firstly congratulations, 99% of the population wouldn’t have done what you did, committing to signing up for such an incredible … More An Open Letter