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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Relaxation 1.0

Well deserved after a solid mornings training on the Gold Coast :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Moments, Men and Places

As much as this blog is about myself, it's content will not definitely not be limited so. I intend to share things which I have placed into three catergories; moments, men and places. When I write about these, I will be seeking to explain a certain things exponential ethereal value to myself, and where I can, draw some lessons from the experience. It is these three things through day to day encounters that makes me awe, and leaves me with that special thing resonating inside.

Last night the band Isis provided me with one of these moments. Most of you who know me (apprentice Appo aside) may stop reading now, but attention needs not to be payed to the band itself, but what they bring to their performance. The sound of Isis is huge, which is difficult to explain. Simply put, its the soundtrack for those times we feel truly transcendent, like when time stops and feelings prevail. Nevertheless the way this band can move people, and the way it moved me is truly amazing. I hope to one day do or be apart of something that will move people in the way this band moves me. That is something that I think would be truly righteous.

Here's some Isis...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

2 Lessons

Sunday morning: unfortunately for some I set my alarm for PM instead of AM. Fortunately for me, I got to roll out of bed after a long self induced coma from Saturday PM for a beautiful 1:45 trail run. This run was great, and I'm going to share with you two reason why-

1. My new shoes went from looking like this

to this.

2. And I never had to resort to using the divine powers of the little bit of disposable paper that is wrapped up in my 4x4cm pocket in my running pants.

Today I'm off to town to kick start a little project that has been in the works for a while, hopefully I can report on this soon!

Keep it real, Josh

Friday, February 12, 2010

Caloundra Ritual

Everyday I find myself performing sacred acts of repetition, like setting up my breakfast on my tray precisely the same way every day, over and over, then taking it downstairs to share it with the company of a digital versatile disk. Mundane or not, it's pretty much a ritual. Tantamount to breakfast, a race to me is a similar act of ritual, seeing as though races are the reason why we all train!

So it was great to have our first race back of the season in Caloundra on Queensland's sunshine coast on the weekend. Although a few weeks of off running due to injury left me with complications, I was able to put them aside for a 4th place finish behind some fast guys. Like the saying goes, there's no school like the old school, and this race was the headmaster! The race format was 300/7/1.8, with the old school part coming in upon running straight from the run back into the swim to do it all again. This provided for many tactical opportunities, and also many chances to sting! On the whole, I felt like I was mostly doing the stinging part, as I had to play catch up on the first run leg as I dropped my shoe and lost time on the first bike dismount. Normally I would have just left the shoe there, but the second bike leg told me to go back and pick it up. Entering the water again just off the front group, I was able to pull back time to start the second bike at the front of the chase pack, trying to pull back Courtney Atkinson and Dave Matthews. Getting on the bike, training mate Jimmy Seear also had his shoe unwillingly depart from his pedal, which lost him time, and weedled our front group down to 4. Its not nice when you have Jimmy chasing you down on the bike, because he always will! The bike was tough, with my SRM reading over 1KW consistently out of the corners. Onto the run, Dan Wilson was out like a gazelle and it was down to a few us to sort out the minor placings. The five lap course was fast, and I had to time to waste in getting going. I soon had the company of Jimmy's hard breathing on my shoulder, which turned into a sprint for 4th place. Those who know me don't need to be told I'm not partial, and definately not synonymous with sprints, which left me with all sorts of questions when I actually came out on top. Yet the sprint was not aesthetically sound, nor glorious when I crossed the line horizontal after slipping and saying hello to Mr. Grass (Pictures below!).

So the race format made for a great change, and despite the weather causing headaches for some, I really enjoyed the wet conditions. We have another similar race to this coming up on the 28th of Feb at Raby Bay. Until this next ritual, I'll keep you posted on my others.

Thanks for reading, Josh

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Blog for 2010

Hi all, welcome to my first blog for 2010, or moreover, my first blog ever! Such a monumental occasion would usually call for an abundance of literature, however I'll keep this post modest. I think this is something that I need to warm into, as I'm usually only writing for cognac swilling, AM radio listening middle aged history/international relations professors at the Uni of Queensland.

So on this blog you can expect to read about anything I consider worthwhile documenting during my perennial quest of triathlon and non triathlon related manifestations. Expect pictures and babble about my favourite training sessions/loops/races, my turntable and the financial detriment of collecting LP's, uni, ash's baking, travel and any other spontaneous adventures I may have.

Posts will hopefully follow soon, so thanks for visiting!