Category: Focused


Why Lighter, Faster, Focused

My blog is of great personal interest because so much has changed in the world of Ironman Triathlon since i last competed in 1994. When i decided to start training for the Challenge Cairns Ironman in 2011 my motivation was unclear. I had entered the race, i was unfit and had 8 months to train for my first ironman in 17 years. Then i started to think that maybe there would be others who also wanted to start racing again. As i have qualifications and experience in Bodywork Therapies and a very keen interest in nutrition, technology and technique i thought i would be able to share my knowledge.

When i arrived in Cairns for the race, it was extremely clear that i was underdone in my preparation for such a big event. I swam really well, in 17 years i had only lost five minutes in the swim, but the bike was terrible and i remember every pedal push over the one hundred and eighty kilometres. I should have remembered that when you ride in a national park, they are parks for a reason. Generally because you can’t build houses in them. Then i also recollected that i had never ridden over a flat course in a national park because they don’t exist! So i was extremely slow on the bike due to the amount of hills or mountains.

The run was flat but hot, little shade for the first twenty two kilometres. Due to my poor bike split, the run was just as bad.I finished the race in sixteen and a half hours.

So what can i share?

I learn’t that you can have too many sports gels or goo’s. That maltedextrin can cause horrible bloating and discomfort. That coke a cola is not so bad when its degassed as a drink on the course. Wearing brand new shoes may not be a good idea. Getting the correct bike fit is absolutely of paramount importance.And finally i really love red frogs. They saved my day. But nothing gave me more joy than seeing my family waiting for me for after a long day and crossing the finish line with my seven year old son, with my wife and daughter right behind me.

I’m learning, training and posting my thoughts to motivate others to try and get some fitness or motivation back into their lives.

CROWEOLOGY

Rarely do you feel such a connection to music. I’n the past i’ve pondered what would i do i could only choose music from one artist. Who would i choose? Well i have a vast collection and some passionate favorites. Notably from the 70’s and 80’s. The cult, GnR, Skidrow to name a few. However it always comes back to one band. The Beatles. When i got my first cassettes as an eight year old, i recall getting KISS dynasty, star wars and superman soundtracks and of course the beatles volume one. When you think of great music it is absolutely a personal thing, only appreciated by the individual.

If you ever get the chance to have a listen to The Black Crowes, you will be rewarded with great songs. They have been a great source of inspiration over the years in good and bad times.The main partnership in the band is the Robinson brothers, Chris and Rich. Their latest album Croweology spans their 20 plus year career with acoustic versions of their classics. Their back catalogue, has gems all through it some not on this double album, and worth a listen.

Move over Beatles ( sorry John), The Black Crowes have earned their place in my time capsule. Awesome. Long Live Rock n Roll in all its forms.

What A Big day

Yesterday I was in the baking / cooking zone. Two loaves in the oven, one slice and homemade pasta to finish off. Tagliatelle with a smashing carbonara sauce. Really its amazing how simple pasta is to make and fresh and yummy it is. After dinner I started to watch Hugh’s chicken run. Honesty humans do some crazy things but watching this show about how we intensively farm chickens is really confronting. At 1.00 am in the morning I was scratching my head, thinking about the show I had just watched and how disgraceful we can be. So the question now is am I prepared to pay more for my chicken to get free-range or do I just pass on chicken altogether. Right now I feel like just passing altogether.

The reality is that i like chicken, portuguese chicken, BBQ chicken, homemade nuggets, but not if intensive farming is where i get my chickens from. These little chickens have a life span of between 35 – 39 days. A really shit 35 – 39 days, within those days only 30 minutes of darkness per day, sitting and walking if they can in their own dropping, ammonia burns on their legs etc etc. As Hugh puts it, ” free-range is fairer”, fairer for everybody and every chicken. If you have some spare time take a moment to watch Hugh’s chicken run, its the least you can  do. If you think that its not so bad, then do nothing! But maybe you could easily change some of your other shopping habits to spend a little more on Free-Range chickens and eggs and make a little difference. I’ll let you know how i go with my shop this week!

The message is i guess that if you want to eat animal products and meat at least make an informed decision. I’m Ok with the idea that the animal has had some sort of life before it is killed for food. I must also add that my family has dramatically cut back on the portion size on our plates at best 100g. So what we buy goes along way and i feel better for it. I’ve been reading a book by Kinko Denzer about building an earth oven in the backyard and this quote is directly from his book. Kinko is talking about bread machines when he made this statement but it holds true in many other ways. ” They take care of themselves. But if you don’t have to pay attention, you can’t participate, and if you don’t participate, you can’t know.” I interpret and apply this to food, when i say that so many of us want our children to think that meat especially comes from the deli section. Because if we associate it with the whole animal, then it has to live some where and we really don’t want to have to explain where somewhere is because if its out of site its out of mind and the poor practices don’t seem to matter. Kids probably don’t even associate what their eating as being part of any animal, its just the stuff that comes on a tray in bits from the deli section. I think we have a responsibility to educate our kids on where food comes from when its appropriate.

Beginning my education

You’ve got to start somewhere right. Trawling the net, i stumbled upon an interesting read. Firstly i was disappointed to see that FREPA were not included in the choice testing. But what does free range mean and why are there so many definitions for what we take for granted when the term free range is used. It’s a scary world we live in when standards are referred to as being ‘humane’. Obviously if best practice doesn’t meet the standard, then how many thousands of birds / gals are being treated inhumanely. Just for cheaper eggs at the checkout. Please take the time to educate your self before you buy. Read the choice article, you may not be getting what you pay for and inadvertently be supporting exactly what your trying to stop.

Battery Hen, Lives Saved

Hi All,

Well its been bugging me since i picked up Jamie Oliver’s book, Jamie at Home. Jamie is a patron for saved battery hens in the UK. The guilt of buying Caged eggs in the supermarket. Haven’t these gals got  a rough 14-18 months before its lights out. Aren’t Free range eggs a better option? Of Course they are i hear you say. So why don’t we buy them. I think its because we have become removed from where food comes from. If we had to stand in front of a small cage with chickens squashed in, would we still buy them. Is saving a few bucks worth the plight of caged chickens. Here’s an idea buy one less coffee and you’ve saved enough money to cover the difference between caged and free range eggs! There are a bunch of folks, who re-home these chickens direct from the farm for a small fee per chicken. Be educated look at the statistics, Be deliberate and buy free range eggs. I will grab 5 gals in the next few weeks.C’mon Make a difference, it all adds up.

Hello world!

Hello world…

I decided to start this blog, so that others might be inspired to try and bring healthy food choices into their home. Foods that are free from all the nasties and to rediscover ideas once lost. Making your own fresh bread, growing food and just good healthy choices.

I hope through my success and tips you will also be prepared to have  ago and live your best life off the grid…

Dave