Embrace
The start of Day 3 (84.4km run) — Photo by Colin F Cross

Embrace

A good friend recently asked me, "What does it feel like to embrace the pain?"It’s an interesting question to ponder, and one that I wouldn't have had an answer to before Ultraman Canada. For all…

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Endurance Insights
2nd Place Overall — Photo by Colin F Cross

Endurance Insights

One of the overarching reflections I have of racing Ultraman Canada 2019 can be summarised as, "Where did that performance output come from?!"In one regard, I wouldn't have extrapolated my…

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Alignment
Ultraman Canada 2019, photo by Colin F Cross

Alignment

"Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because…

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Messy
Ganesha: The Remover of Obstacles

Messy

You've probably heard it before.Perhaps, like me, you've resisted the message.Even so, it's true;equally as much for athletics as for recovery."Progress is not linear." The look of joy as health…

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Twist of Lime
Windmill Hill (21% grade)

Twist of Lime

It was a miserable, miserable day at Ironman Ireland, Cork. Nearing the finish line, I was tremendously grateful that it was over. Yet, a few days later I began to taste…

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An Invitation
Small Mysteries

An Invitation

Recently, I read a quote that sparked something inside. With a short pause, it was apparent that there were numerous subsequent responses. It would have been easy to disregard these…

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Dark Night

I've made it through another dark night. While I can't say for certain that it's over, it does feel like I've stepped through a door. And on this side of…

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Unravelling

Nature is always there for me, exactly how I am. Upon rising yesterday I was pulled away from the meditation cushion and encouraged instead get outside directly. After stuffing a…

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Clarity

When we’re not clear with ourselves about who we are and what we want it’s impossible to have clear and effective communication with others. We’ll make things up (consciously or…

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Eternity

When does eternity start? 5 minutes at a stoplight can seem like forever, and 3 hours on a treadmill moves into the realm of hell eventually. But at what point…

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Injury
The long road...

Injury

It's taken me four days to acknowledge my situation enough to write about it. Injury isn't easy for anyone to accept. As an athlete in preparation for scheduled races, being…

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Workload

In athletics, there's a term called Heart Rate Drift. It indicates our body's response to work over time. In everyday life we might call this running out of steam. In…

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Nature for Recovery

A walk in the woods is an excellent way to support recovery from a myriad of life events. Recently, I strolled through the woods after finishing a long run and…

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Slow Cook It

When you crank the thermostat the room heats quickly. On an already warm day, it takes quite a while for the temperature to reach liveable levels again. The human body…

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

If you’re seeking balance in your life, I submit that developing and nurturing consistent, healthy practices will provide what you’re looking for.Often advocated as an optimal state, perpetual balance can…

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