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Dear Diary: Your Brain is Your Frenemy

I try to read as much as I can. And often, like everyone, I need to read the right passage to finally make sense of something that’s been alluding me for a long time. I was recently reading a book on running and how to go farther and faster. In one of the passages the author states that when the brain kicks in to tell me to stop running because I’m reaching my capacity, it’s […]

Dear Diary: I went running by accident

Last night I decided to go for a walk. I had an hour left before the 9:30pm curfew. And I didn’t really have much time to debate whether I wanted to go for a run or not. So I put on my regular running shoes. Not the Under Armour HOVR running shoes; because you know, I didn’t want the pressure. Nor did I wear my Hoka One One Rocket X, because those are just made […]

The Murph is Coming on May 31, 2021

Murph is one of the most celebrated Hero WOD in CrossFit created by and named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was KIA in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. I’ve never done this workout, but do plan to this year on Memorial Day in the United States on May 31st, 2021. The Murph has five simple parts to it: a 1.6 kilometre (1 mile) run 100 pull-ups 200 push-ups 300 body squats another 1.6 kilometre […]

New Year Resolutions are Crap

I don’t do new year resolutions of any sort for the one simple reason that they always fail. With all the best intentions in the world, without a plan they always result in failure. People try too hard, expect too much, and give up too easily. Around October last year, due to year end pressures I fell off the fitness wagon. I was working from 8am to 6pm daily. Stress made it difficult to workout; […]

How I Learned to Increase Calories Burned

Burning a lot of calories doesn’t take a lot of effort. But it does take more effort than you think. If you’re like me, you’ve looked at those graphs that tell you how many calories you can expect to burn in 30 minutes. Or an hour. It’s seems pretty impressive. Riding my bike for 60 minutes will have me burning calories in no time flat. If I do the math I’ll be hot and skinny […]

Summer Review – 2020 – Running

I’ve been running now for about three years. I mean running for running’s sake. Running to improve my fitness. Running to improve my lung capacity and breathing. And running to burn calories. But here’s the thing about running for running’s sake. It’s like being on a deserted island by yourself and your own thoughts. I find it hard because I need to find a way to focus on propelling myself forward without letting the boredom […]

Weekly Bullshit # 4 – I’m I over my head

This year I’ve been doing a whole bunch of different sports. It started out with doing functional training at home for the first few months of 2020 when all went to hell. Then around May I started running again; I still wasn’t an efficient runner so it was a bit of a challenge. Then I started road cycling. Everything was great. I was mostly focussing on improving my cardiovascular system; heart, lungs, recovery, sleep, etc. […]

Weekly Bullshit # 3 – I Can’t Swim

I just realized that I can’t swim. Nor did I ever think to add it to my list of things I need to improve on. Well, let’s make that, things I need to learn to do. Mind you swimming pools have been closed for a good while. And I don’t know of any lakes I can go to. When you look at the thing I want to improve on at the same time: running, cycling, […]

Fitter, Stronger, Zzzzzzzzz.

Ever since I’ve been working from home, and gotten my Whoop, I’ve been trying to get better sleep. If you’ve never used a tool like Whoop, or the Oura ring, they are tools used to help you get proper rest and provides feedback on your recovery progress. The better quality your sleep, the better your recovery score. When all you do is live your life, good recovery scores are easy to come by. But when […]

Heading Back to the Gym…What I Learned During Lockdown

Last week I went back to the gym for the first time in four months. It felt very different than the work outs that I’ve done since the lockdown happened. If you were anywhere on social media at the beginning, the message was that you should walk out of the lockdown having learned something new. Well let me tell you, I’ve learnt a lot. I own a lot of fitness equipment at home. But the […]

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