A singular focus – the act of personal bests, repeated

As the Olympics wrap up for 2016 and the sports mad nation of Australia contemplates our successes and misses in Rio I am reminded of one of our great athletes, Ian Thorpe. As a 3x per week swimmer for 20 or so years, I know a little bit about the black line. About early mornings, and hours and hours that … Read More

The value of one small step repeated every day

As a marathon runner I know the value of the next small step. And then the next. And the next. Eventually you will have stepped 42.275kms. Most anyone can do this. The question is always..how long will it take? Sometimes our focus on the time it takes is the wrong focus. I know many people who don’t start a marathon … Read More

On endurance, starting a business and running a marathon

Yesterday I ran my 9th Gold Coast Marathon, and about my 20th marathon in total. There is no easy way to run a marathon. It is a test for anyone who shows up at the start line. A marathon has a mythic quality to it, carrying the history of the first marathon and all the millions of people around the … Read More

The Value of Habit

For over 18 years I have had a morning practice. It goes something like this. Awake before 4 am (usually without the need of an alarm). Do some contemplation, meditation, prayer, writing… as best feels appropriate for the day. Eat something light. Check emails. On Tuesday’s, Thursdays, Saturdays an Sundays I am running by 5 am, sometimes at 4.30 (Summer … Read More

When Gods Fall

The fall of James Magnussen, Australian Olympic Swim team, London 2012 All of us have at some time fallen hard to Earth. Our hubris, arrogance, superiority and judgement have hit us so hard that we have been left gasping for air, mortified, humiliated, shamed and broken. In the early hours of Monday morning July 30th, Australian time, a team of … Read More

Running trails, high frequency tuneable sets, a body singing

How to explain to non runners the feeling of running when you hit the high note? A natural high, the body, nature, beauty, freedom, and low level flying. This passed weekend I participated, for the second year in a row, in The Lamington Classic. This event, now 42 years old, is one of the oldest, if not the oldest trail … Read More