Back To Skool

Is anyone else really struggling to get into the new academic year??!!! I read about avoidance behaviour in horses.  That thing that your horse will do, like eat the haybale in the jump instead of jumping over it!!  Displacement behaviour!!

Does listening to the last 5 day England vs Protea test count??

I have found some really interesting articles though today.

take a look at these.  a nice perspective on fatigue, and sports motivation.

World Cup http://www.mwc2016.co.za  are you coming?

https://ziggibson.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/identifying-and-understanding-winners-and-super-achievers-in-sport-is-an-inner-mongrel-or-unrequited-child-rather-than-physical-capacity-the-essential-ingredient/

 

https://ziggibson.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/fatigue-a-complex-sensation-and-emotion-which-is-vital-for-human-survival/

then there is that… let’s have tea, Mrs P 🙂

 

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recovery

recovery

Quite appropriate that after a Dusi we consider the benefits of recovery!!!
Even more so, when I was offered an ICE BATH after day1 of Dusi (thanks the Peekies!!).  It was awesome! and has prompted me to look quickly at some of the physiological benefits of this.  I know for a fact that it significantly improved recovery.

As a VETERAN now (laugh out loud!!!), i do think that Masters athletes need to pay a little more attention to recovery strategies!!

I enjoyed this article by Alan Couzens.  Very informative! 

what next endurance event will you test this on???? 😉 

Trent Stellingwerff: on the belief effect

Trent Stellingwerff: on the belief effect

very interesting article on some CHO-swilling, some sports-psych and some RPE work.

good research out there and i think learning and reading and gleaning, and PROCESSING (reviewing and evaluating) can be the different when preparing for important events.

know your stuff!

Super Sport World Marathon Champs HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Super Sport World Marathon Champs HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Filling up your dam…

MrJ always used to tell me that you needed to make sure that your dam was full so that you could draw water out of it when you needed to.  That was pertaining to us “non-professional” athletes that have a day job and actually have to “Borrow” time from work in order to be able to train.  And it is true, there was a lot of training and a lot of working that needed to happen, and then that working picked up with a VENGEANCE post-Worlds.

Amusingly, people have asked me “Are you back at work yet?”!! YES!!! And yes.  Like I never left actually.  Of  the many reflections that I add to my Copenhagen folder in my brain, WORK ETHIC has been one of them.  And I am delighted to report an increased enthusiasm and application to the task this term.  I was on sabbatical in first semester, and there was a lot of latitude allowed in my academic pursuits.  So from AHS epidemiology to horse mucosas to ulcer scores, to citric acid additions to buffers, to miniature and race horse faeces, I could go there.  And all that “intellectual property” counts very for very little if you not going to convert it to “water in your dam”.  For us as scientists that means PUBLICATIONS.

At the risk of mixing a 100 metaphors here, it is pretty much like training and training and never finishing the race you entered.  It is like raining in a catchment area and forgetting to close the sluice gates of your dam. 

I have learnt and seen as well, that what you think you can do, you can do more.  There is always more.  Strangely enough, that was the quote in my diary that I saw this morning: “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can” (Lowell Thomas).

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And “the penalty for not removing them is also living with them for the rest of your life!”

So maybe a challenge to all of us is this: to do a little more today to fill that dam!

 

 

Witness Article 8 October 2013

Witness Article 8 October 2013

South Africa Shine at Marathon and Masters World Championships

South Africa Shine at Marathon and Masters World Championships

South African paddlers shone at the recent ICF Canoe Marathon and Masters World Championships in Denmark, with the country capturing six titles. Four of those victories came from paddlers belonging to Pietermaritzburg’s Natal Canoe Club (NCC).

UKZN

UKZN

article on the UKZN online newsletter!

Paddle Pics from the races…

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instead of some writing, I thought to just annotate some of the cool water pics!!  Kinda selfish pics tho – cos I seem to be in them, but walk with me….

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The happiest little Larry was I when my tea, milk powder, peanut butter, provitas and chocolate arrived (inside my boat!!) in perfect condition!!!  

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Re-united with Dotski!!! straight out the plastic wrapping onto the water, and was my smile big!! was training in a heavier boat, and realised how perfect Dotski was.  Man!! i was delighted to get back into my special bootjie!!

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After Dotski, Angela and I hopped in the K2 – super setup – that Vajda rocks!! and the of course, back into Dotski!!

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Easiest way to train K2 and K1, is to have a K1 paddler spare, hey Jordz!!! so we did half session K2 and then I got Dotski back for the race the next day!

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what a venue… wow

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K2 day and warmups… at least it was warmer and not thunder and lightning!!Image

winning a race to the put in…

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good running

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some few walks around the place between races…. so very pretty…ImageImage

yip – crazy chick, but the only horse i could get to ride…

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not grumpy!! races were over by then, but MAN, the nerves for those races!! i think so much value was in the sports psych articles cousin Gareth recommended, cos you have to manage those pterodactyls that breed in your gut….Image

Had some magic paddles round the lake systems at the venue after my races, dodging Daddy Swan, and racing the C2 and Porto coach!! was fun, but Sunday, Dotski and the Turbo Turtle needed to be repackaged and repacked on the racks for the next 2 months til we meet again.

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Special thanks and congratulations to Angela for the medal!  When i think of all the mishaps of pneumonia, or nerves, or capsizes or illness, or rudders and other technicals, I am just really grateful to Angela for staying well and strong so that we could have the opportunity to medal as we did.  There is stuff to learn and take forward for next year from the racing, which is awesome, but we kept it together, and we did a great job! Go partner!!  i am sure it was the vloeking in Afrikaans that terrorised the Spanish hey?!!!  🙂 all good!!

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and there it is!
an amazing opportunity to represent your country, and do what you love doing!!

 

Let’s see what you got…

I was asked to “summarise” what the whole Copenhagen experience meant to me for an article for UKZN online.[http://enewsletter.ukzn.ac.za/Story.aspx?id=157&storyid=2142 is the story from before we left].  UKZN School of Agric, Earth and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agric, Engineering and Science kindly provided sponsorship towards boat transfer and kit to Copenhagen, for which I am most sincerely grateful.  It was a hard question that I was asked just after the races as well.  but I think I have a handle on it now…

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“Remember, if you are not playing your heart out, someone else is. And when you meet him, he will win.”

Everybody has surely experienced that “final effort” at the end of a running race, a final deep that you dig to finish that article, that project, that journey.

When you think you are tired and can’t do more…. You can.

And if I had to “summarise”, I think that is what I distill this whole experience to.  There were times in both the K1 and K2 races that I had the choice to back off and accept less, OR commit.

I listened many many times to this YouTube clip that Craig Mustard (NCC Canoeing Coach) posted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEU_IEQq6fs

It is about the moment that you realize that you have the choice. “Let’s see what you got”

And if I could leave a message through the UKZN article about Gold medals at World Marathon Championships, let it be this…  That we have a choice.  Timidity or boldness is a choice.  Placation or pleasing is a choice.  Inactivity or activity is a choice.  The choice for excellence is usually uncomfortable and less convenient at the time, even risky, but the rewards are inestimable, and usually matched by our willingness to engage in the process that brought us to that place.

go dream… big!