Day by Day – Habit by Habit.

Zeno the philosopher wrote this almost 2300 years ago, “You can know the habits of an individual by its appearance.” To put that in other words: your body reflects your habits -which includes both diet and exercise.

You can either work on your six pack or buy lots of six packs. You won’t be able to get both right.  Continue reading “Day by Day – Habit by Habit.”

Work Hard – Like an Ant.

The famous stoic, Marcus Aurelius – Roman emperor – 161 to 180 A.D. in his book of meditations/thoughts, has the following conversation, (it’s unclear if the conversation occurred just in his mind, or if he recorded an actual talk that he had with someone),

“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?  Continue reading “Work Hard – Like an Ant.”

Training Thoughts from the Stoics.

Stoicism is an ancient philosophical system developed by the Romans in the early years and centuries A.D. It is non-religious and can be paired with any major religion, or, appreciated by atheists too. There has been a recent upsurge in its popularity due to writers like Tim Ferris etc.  Continue reading “Training Thoughts from the Stoics.”

My Midmar 8 Mile Event and Appeal.

I will be swimming for the 8 Mile Club this coming weekend. This entails swimming all 8 – 1 Mile events at Midmar. This will be the 6th time that I will swim for the club, and hopefully, if all goes well, I will have completed 52 Midmar Miles by midday, next Sunday.  Continue reading “My Midmar 8 Mile Event and Appeal.”

Endurance Sport, Life and Suffering.

Endurance athletes are a strange bunch. They deliberately sign up for events that are going to test them. A small percentage do it as a career, and compete for both podium positions and financial gain,(although it must be said that the financial gains for most are marginal), however, all compete and train due to a strange and important relationship with pain.  Continue reading “Endurance Sport, Life and Suffering.”

A Run in the Rain.

Our holiday down in Sedgefield is slowly coming to an end. This morning I set out to do a 21 k training run. Sedgefield is a small town, so you need to get out on the main road which links Knysna to George to get that right. I chose to go in the George direction. There is a petrol station on the route which allowed me to pop in and buy a bottle of water to drink along the run. It started to rain just after my petrol station stop.  Continue reading “A Run in the Rain.”

Sedgefield Open Water Swim.

Thoughts on the Sedgefield Swim.

You might have picked up from the last post that we are on holiday now in Sedgefield. Sedgefield has its own lagoon, which makes for some wonderful open water swimming. This year, the mouth is closed. It’s most often open, and that allows its waters to flow into the Indian Ocean. It also means that the lagoon is affected by the ebbs and flows of the sea tide. However, there is none of that this year with the mouth closed. I have done a few swims in the lagoon during this holiday season. The primary reason for these swims is that I am doing the Midmar 8 Mile event again in February, and I have approximately 7 more weeks to train for that.  Continue reading “Sedgefield Open Water Swim.”