First time sea swimming

It’s 8:30am. I’ve been awake for two hours. Anxious. Nervous. An almost abandoned beach stands in front of me. On the right of the beach, there is a lone fisherman. If I turn right, I see a kayaking company’s premises. There is a sheer cliff on the right that leads out into the sea. I’ve climbed…

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The paradox of goals

Goals, objectives, aims, ambitions. However you choose to call them, they are slippery fish. One of my favourite authors is Tim Ferriss and one of my favourite principles that he extols is ‘what gets measured, gets managed.’ For me, this is an extremely powerful principle. It ties into goal-setting because without measurement it’s impossible to…

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Paralysis by analysis

Paralysis by analysis is something that if you’re anything like me you struggle with regularly. It’s certainly something that has followed me throughout my life. As is documented widely, most succinctly and productively at Alain De Botton’s the school of life, first world problems exist. Often the term is used to deride the seemingly trivial…

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Injuries

I’m injured. Again. This time it’s achilles tendonitis. For more around 7 months now, I’ve been lurching from one injury to another as I prepare for my first Olympic Triathlon in September. It’s really, really frustrating. This time, I’ve been preparing ‘the right way’. I’ve been building slowly over time instead of throwing myself at…

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Getting hit by a car

It’s statistically true that exposure to dangerous situations increase the likelihood of their happening. For example, if you never drive a car, it’s impossible to crash one. I don’t advocate that kind of avoidance for obvious reasons. I once had a housemate who refused to go swimming because he was self-conscious about his weight. He…

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Accept or retreat

There are a few certainties in life. Death for example. We all die; it’s a fact of… erm, life. It’s very difficult to find somebody who doesn’t accept that one day they will die, everybody they know is going to die and everybody they don’t know will die too. Some theists believe that death is…

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Rejection

This is a slight stream of consciousness that will mean little to most, but hopefully cathartic to me. Yesterday, I was told that my contract would be terminated – soft language for being sacked (fired if you’re American). Immediately to me, it felt like a rejection. But over the course of the last 48 hours,…

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Accepting praise

I’ve always had a problem with accepting praise as it is. For some reason or other, I’m always overthinking the nature of praise and am quick to discount it whenever it’s offered, even if only mentally. I’m sure any of the counsellors I have seen the course of the last few years could put this…

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My first crash

I can remember thinking, as I passed carefully on the left of stationary queuing vehicles and saw the drain for the first time “they wouldn’t have put it there if bikes couldn’…” A second later I was being helped up out of the road, covered in dust, cuts, scrapes and blood. My wheel had hit…

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My week as… a triathlete

Another video post here. One of a short series I’m making before skipping the country. I’m really interested in the amount of training local athletes do to perform at their level, rather than asking them about it, I have decided to spend a week in their shoes, completing the same training sessions that they undertake…

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