February 

The year is under way and we hit the month of relationships. I used to dread February because it had THAT day in the middle with all the hype and red roses.  At school I had no idea about this relationship thing. In fact I only had a real relationship until well after I finishedContinue reading “February “

In a garden as in life

I walked in my garden yesterday. I noticed some early spring buds pushing through. A tree grows a millimetre at a time. A leaf unfolds little by little. A great gardener trims a little here, a little there. All relative to what is in front of him. He deals with reality. Takes an action thenContinue reading “In a garden as in life”

Table Mountain Top 10 trail routes: #8 Three Single Tracks – Rhodes Memorial

At first I did not get trail running. “Why would anybody want to run uphill?”   The downhill part was obvious and I was used to it, even with a heavy pack, but running uphill seemed energy inefficient to me. The seconds saved over a brisk walk did not seem to warrant the extra effortContinue reading “Table Mountain Top 10 trail routes: #8 Three Single Tracks – Rhodes Memorial”

Specificity

Most of us have seen the photo. Kulhavy waiting for Sauser to win the sprint. They knew what was required and they knew what it would take. They had a plan that matched the desired outcome. They had planned this scenario. How many of us have the same insight? Or do we leave it upContinue reading “Specificity”

Hohenhort 15km

I recognised the anxiety straight away The nervousness. The slight hurry in everybody’s step. The frantic darting looks for the loo. The anticipation. I was surprised to find them so strong, so overwhelming and I had not missed them in two years. Sunday morning I stood at the start of the Hohenhort 15km road race.Continue reading “Hohenhort 15km”

Ringing the Bell:

I leave the Hikers Parking at  6h00 sharp. Scouting the first river crossing last night helps so it goes quickly and I gain altitude. I see two lights below me. They have chosen a different path. We all have. I am walking out of the darkness into mountains cast in shadows. As in Magic andContinue reading “Ringing the Bell:”

“When is enough, enough?” Ian asked

I close my eyes in the crowd, in that town square, in that time. Vangelis is playing – Chamonix town square at the start of UTMB I can still feel the tears now, many years later. The point of life is to grow and to have fun. If you can have fun while growing thenContinue reading ““When is enough, enough?” Ian asked”