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2020 - My Year in Running

Well that was a bit shit, wasn’t it?

2020 - My Year in Running

As I’ve done in the past few years (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) I have put together a rear-vision-mirror view on my year in running.

There honestly isn’t that much to report from last year. Things were a little... messy. Although my friends and family weren’t directly impacted ...

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Amber Electricity Real-time price widget for iOS 14

Amber pass on wholesale electricity costs. This widget makes it super easy to see current prices to help change your behaviour.

Amber Electricity Real-time price widget for iOS 14

We recently moved our home electricity supply to Amber Electric, a new(ish) provider who pass on market rates to home users. Given Australia's energy supply is made up of coal, gas, and renewables we have a fluctuating supply throughout the day - and most residential usage follows a pretty ...

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Why Are Runners Obsessed with the Pain Cave?

Why Are Runners Obsessed with the Pain Cave?

From Outside Magazine, Why Are Runners Obsessed with the Pain Cave?

After years of subjecting myself to this masochism, my sense is that runners gravitate toward painful activities because they provide us with opportunities for knowledge. We think pain will reveal something, some evidence of value or commitment to self-improvement ...

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2019 - My Year in Running

Faster and further - but I didn’t learn anything from 2018.

2019 - My Year in Running

As I’ve done in the past few years (2016, 2017, 2018) I have put together a rear-vision-mirror view on my year in running.

Overall I had a very successful year, but only if you end it in August. I ran a couple of Ultramarathons, set a 5k personal best ...

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You should volunteer at your kids school

Everyone will have fun - and the world will be a better place.

You should volunteer at your kids school

This morning I wrote up a little series of tweets about volunteering my time to read at my 8-year-old son's school class. I've had some thoughts bubbling away about this for a while, so instead of yelling them into the void that is Twitter I thought I'd ...

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Wilsons Prom 60k, 2019

I finally made it to the lighthouse - and pushed many limits along the way.

Wilsons Prom 60k, 2019

Just about every endurance runner has, at some time or another, been informed by a colleague that said colleague "doesn't even like to drive 30 kilometres, let alone run that far!" What's the threshold for the driving refrain being swapped out for, simply, "you're crazy!"?

The threshold ...

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Mount Buller Skyrun 45km, 2019

What goes down, must come back up.

Mount Buller Skyrun 45km, 2019

"Who is running the 45km course tomorrow?" asked Paul Ashton, Running Wild race director. From our dinner table in the corner of the Abom bistro our hands nervously went up. "It's a brutal course!" he continued agrin. Paul's mandatory gear lists are known for being overy thorough (or ...

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Two Bays Trail Run 2019 - a few KM too far

I raced to sign up then didn't respect the ultramarathon distance. It didn't turn out too well.

Two Bays Trail Run 2019 - a few KM too far

The first race I had on my 2019 running calendar was the Two Bays Trail Race, a 56km ultramarathon across the Mornington Peninsula in the peak of the Melbourne summer. In 2017 and 2018 I ran the 28km version of the race, from Dromana to Cape Schanck Lighthouse, and I ...

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2018 - My Year in Running

Farther, longer, and with silly injuries - my best running year yet.

2018 - My Year in Running

As far as running goes, 2018 was my biggest and best year yet.

Earlier this year I set myself some goals so now that we've survived another trip around the sun it's time to check in and see how I'm progressing. Just as in earlier years this ...

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Ultra-Trail Australia 50km - My First Ultramarathon

We had beers and pizza then signed up for an ultramarathon. What's the worst that could happen?

Ultra-Trail Australia 50km - My First Ultramarathon

As the hot water hit my sweaty and salt-crusted hair, I started sobbing. I had no idea finishing my first 50k run would be so emotional, but as the warmth of the shower reached my neck, my back, and finally my tired legs, I realised I was no longer in ...

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