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.”


January 1 – Run 1


It’s the first of January and, like many others, I have completed my first training session of 2017. Here is why you need to get out today for a walk – run – swim – ride.  Continue reading “January 1 – Run 1”

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.”