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It's that time again

Just to make it clear, I have no issue with New Year's resolutions...although it would seem that the vast majority of people who make them evidently do (if failure rates are any judge!). If opening a new diary is what it takes to get you to set some new goals for yourself who am I to criticise? I have before, and no doubt will again, dealt with goal-setting elsewhere. Here I am going to set out a brief guide list for newcomers or "first-time-in-a-long-time"-comers. Inspired by the impending calendar change and by some of the strange antics I have witnessed, I thought it might be useful to put some guidance out there. So here goes:1. You can't do it all
I could have called this "focus on one thing at a time" and had you on the right path. YOU CANNOT DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE and trying to change all aspects of your life or training at the same time maximises the range of habits you have to break and re-create. Training facet or habit-breaking, the same princi…

So you know you're not alone in thinking this...

There is no such thing as an entirely level playing field and to pretend otherwise is naive and delusional. My issue with hankering after one is that it puts you, the individual, anywhere other than at the centre of finding a solution (how we like to externalise blame!).


"If we could just catch a break we could turn this on its head"; "If the referee would just stop penalising us we could get back in this"; "if they'd just advertised that job in the one idiosyncratic publication I happen to read I could have applied".


What are you doing about it? If you're sitting back waiting for a leg-up or investing your energy in complaining about the situation you are missing the point.


For reasons of endocrinology or physiology or psychology - hormones or rest or genetics or fuelling or mental acuity or physical positioning - in every field of human endeavour we will find ourselves different to the people we are with and against. Even if that wasn't true, t…

An old one from the journal (October 2010)

I forget what prompted this little rantette! *********************************************************
If you're being helped by somebody else do you have the right to complain about the extent of the help? I'm sure that I'm missing something here. What happened to appreciating the attempt?
I'm not saying that we ought to be snivelling, grovelling, obsequiously grateful. A recognition of the assistance would be nice. Most help isn't given in the expectation of thanks but not saying so could well promote a feeling of being taken for granted. Following close on the heels of that comes the backlash.
So next time somebody helps you, even if your pride is dented by the assistance or if you think you actually needed more, give a nod to the helping hand. Acknowledge that somebody else has lost something - even if only the opportunity to be somewhere else, doing something else - to give to you. Maybe they could have done more or given more but if it was freely given, stop comp…

End of Autumn term: report

As we roll into Christmas it's about half-time in the season and that lends itself to a mid-term review- a view from Fester's dungeon.


I've been known to get too serious about stuff and one of the myriad things I did wrong as skipper was to take it all too seriously and to try to get everybody to feel the same way, to the same degree.


I still take things seriously but I try to remember to keep some humour in it and confine myself to my sphere. I no longer struggle to teach the pig to sing. I can't speak for my porcine friends but it was irritating the heck out of me!


As a firmly amateur club, it has been interesting to see an emphasis on fitness coaching. I would say "strength and conditioning" as that's my background, but frankly we're a long way from that. Even so, for some time now the club has had a dedicated provision of fitness coaching in its corner (yes I know necessity is the mother of invention but why fight it!). I'm told it has been of so…

Getting stuff done

1. Know what you want
2. Understand the consequences of not getting what you want
3. More importantly, understand what getting it will mean
4. Figure out the steps to get there
5. Keep 1 in mind while working through 4. Just take the first step, there's beauty in action.

If you're doing something right now, figure out why it is important to you (if you're taking the time to do it, it must be significant on some level. If it really isn't, if it isn't more important than your next step, or if it isn't setting you up to make that next move, why are you doing it?)

"But it's easier said than done". Really? I suppose it can be, if only because we've got into the habit of being as glib with ourselves as readily as with the outside world - ah well, at least there's an ounce of integrity in that!

The five points above not only point you in the right direction (ultimately you need to provide the drive) but will give you a number of chances to…