Swimming – A case for Life Coaching

Six years ago I could not swim. Well actually I thought I could swim. To my best knowledge I could do it. ‘I certainly was not as good as those pros but I can swim’ I kept telling myself.  I had learnt from my dad who had learnt in the Namibian desert. Go figure. HeContinue reading “Swimming – A case for Life Coaching”

Four Day crash course in Fastpacking:

What I learnt from four days of lightweight backpacking or fastpacking: I have over 20 years experience in carrying very heavy loads (mainly climbing gear) up very remote peaks. This is quite a different skill set to Ultra Light travel to which I am far less experienced. The Osprey Talon 22 is perfectly adequate toContinue reading “Four Day crash course in Fastpacking:”

PUFfer Preparation 301

I have had an interesting email conversation with a fellow trail runner on gear and how to best use it stretching over the last few weeks. This conversation and my presentation at SSISA prompted me to put expand on ideas here. My comments are aimed specifically at PUFfer runners but are universally applicable. Let meContinue reading “PUFfer Preparation 301”

Puffer Prep 201:

Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. I can’t claim this as my own saying but it is a British Army adage. So what does this mean for race preparation? 1) Do not try something on race day or race week that you have not tested before! 2) You want to know how each piece ofContinue reading “Puffer Prep 201:”

Caveman skills clinic

I spotted a tweet, almost by chance, for a skills clinic being offered by none other than Conrad himself. My mountain bike signed us up as he feels he is as good as Conrad’s bike ( both are red, black and white – mostly). Who was I to object? We checked tyre pressure and setContinue reading “Caveman skills clinic”