Posts Tagged ‘Yoga’

14-Aug-2011 86,400 seconds in a day

Sunday 14 August 2011 1 comment

I saw this image on one of my favourite “blogs”:

86400 seconds in a dayI mean its obviously great, and meaningful, and worthy of more than a 5 second flick thru. Maybe you should brew a pot of tea and have a longer think about it.

I bought this book last year which is on basically the same subject – 168 hours in a week – how will you use yours ?

Image here, in case the original gets moved:

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7-Aug-2011 Yoga with Kostya Tszyu

Sunday 7 August 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday – wanted to go swimming in Cronulla but didn’t fancy getting up too early. Took the dog for a walk, then walked along the beach to Bundeena Markets with the youngest daughter. It was a great day, so decided to go for a stand-up paddle to Jibbon Beach and back. I guess it took about an hour all up. Luckily I can get in, paddle there, surf onto the beach without falling off, then do it in reverse on the way back. Went for a swim afterwards. Cool but nice.

In the evening we went to yoga. Met Kostya Tszyu afterwards, I didn’t think anything of it until I noticed his tell-tale rat-tail or whatever you call it but thought “nah he wouldn’t come to yoga here”. I asked him if it was his first time and he said it was different, so I asked what he normally did thinking that if he said Boxing then it was him (I am much too polite to just ask outright). Anyway some yelled out “It’s Kostya Tszyu you nong!”.


6-Aug-2011 Reboot

Saturday 6 August 2011 Leave a comment

I had a quick read of coolrunning this evening, must have been the first time in ages, like a month or so.I feel like I have just dropped right out of the running scene since Six Foot back in March. But even before then. I don’t regularly run with any one, or even a group (although I pin the Bushies colours on when I do run a race). Being injured doesn’t help.

But overall, I feel like I need a reboot – take a year or 2 off, get out of the scene and re-find myself & re-charge my batteries. I am refining my diet and my training and feel a lot better for it. My injury is not totally healed but good enough to run enough without any issues. So much so that I am actually enjoying it.

Just need to ensure that I don’t go off and over-commit in my usual way and go and spoil it.

I am particularly enjoying just getting up and doing what strikes my fancy (running, swimming, yoga, paddling, stand-up paddling, surfing, cross fit) and depending on what  the weather / conditions best suit – no expectations, no promises, just go with the flow.

Ultimately I have been running for 30 years, 27 since my first marathon, so the running habit runs very deep, and I will always come back and do more but I think that as an exercise routine running alone is not enough- you need to do other activites for all over fitness.

Today I did an 8km run, with fully-clothed and shod swim. 50 pushups, 50 kettlebell swings (16kg), 50 medicine ball wall throws (9kg) and 2 pull ups.

Last night I did 90mins advanced bikram yoga. I am still shite but at least my core is getting a bit stronger.

31-Jul-2011 Busy day Sunday

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Sunday was a very busy day. The older 2 kids were playing soccer at Sylvania at 8.10am so we had to leave home at 7am, so up at 6.15 to coordinate the troops. Kirsten was staying (from Dubai) and little Ko was coming to watch also. It was 4C when we left home! After the game (lost 2-1, last game of the season) we went to Brasserie Bakery in Botany for breakfast which was very good (my first time there, but now the bread well, although I don’t really eat bread now … (more on that later). Then we drove to Bondi and went for a walk, went to the markets and finally after almost 2 weeks out of the water (bad chest cold cough etc) I went in for a swim. Undoubtedly the highlight of the day – the water was crystal clear, beautiful little waves, and quite warm (didn’t see the temp but I estimate 17C or 18C) then had a little jog along the beach.

We then dropped Kirsten off at the airport where we met her sister then flew on to Melbourne. We drove back to Cronulla and dropped off the older kids to take the ferry home then went to Yoga where me  & Ko met Dawn. The yoga was massive – 60 people max reached and he sent loads home. It must have been all the Living Social ticket users (like us) who bought a month’s yoga for $29 instead of $165. It was really hot and the mats were only 20cm apart or so – very squashy.

After that we went to Cronulla, met the kids and saw Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows part 2. I am not a HP fan at all, so I could have done without that. Got home approx 10pm. Buggered. But enjoyed the day.

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23-Jul-2011 Yoga update

Saturday 23 July 2011 Leave a comment

I did the Bikram Advanced class again yesterday, with Dawn and Kody (!) Dawn is clearly great at yoga, and can do anything (she used to do Gymnastics as a kid). We have been going pretty consistently for 4-5 weeks or so. I am still crap at 60% of the poses, but it is a lot different from the Beginner’s series.

Interesting aside, Bikram’s original class was the “advanced” class, but most westerners couldn’t do it, so he made it simpler – hence the beginners’ class.

I am still doing yoga all up 3 times a week (now and again, but rarely I do 4 classes). It’s tough as the classes are 90mins, and byt the time you get their, cool down and go home etc it can sometimes take 3hrs a class! The last 3 weeks with being sick and the older 2 away I have only been 2 classes. With the beginner’s class I am not too bad. I can’t do the tougher ones, but I know the routine well so it “looks like” I am good, but maybe I know enough to fake it. I sometimes get caught when we have different teachers who emphasise different aspects. I reckon that now after almost 1.75 years, that it will take me another 3-5 years before I am good enough to go to teacher training. Do I want to be a teacher ? I might teach a few as confirmation that I started at the bottom and got to a decent standard. Even if I practise for 30 years I will never be that good.

But I do love it so much.

Earlier in the year I planned to do some different yoga style, and figured Ashtanga looked suitable, but I haven’t done that yet – I will stick with trying to be a better “crossfit”er.


14-Jul-2011 Stopping the recording & saving time

Thursday 14 July 2011 1 comment

I have been recording all the running that I do and when I exercise / weight tracking  and all the yoga classes we have been to. Why have I been doing this ? I am not sure – this latest effort with running recording has been going on for approx 5 years, the yoga for a couple of years. It’s good to look back on I guess although I have been trying to just STOP doing stuff and focus on enjoying life as it happens. I must admit that I have been finding the recording somewhat irksome (and have been doing just a bulk weekly catchup).

Anyway I read this article a couple of days back and decided I would just stop recording. As of today.

10-Jul-2011 Sunday Sport

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Kody had her 10th birthday party on Saturday afternoon/evening – 5 friends came over and we went to the cinema at Cronulla ($108 for us all to get in to see Mr Poppers Penguins !!) Of course they spent half the night mucking around, and so up late on Sunday. I dropped the kids home approx 10am, and then went running with Dawn to the Curra Moors – one of our favourites. We spent approx 75mins running, then I went straight out for some pushups and a brief swim at the beach (brr it was cold, with big waves!).

Then after a quick stop at Bunnings before using the gym equipment at Wanda Greenhills. I did ok at the monkey bars and the balancing beam, but the dips and pulls ups were a bit crappy. THEN we went to yoga, needless to say we were buggered by the time we got home!!

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13-May-2011 Bikram Yoga Advanced Series

Friday 13 May 2011 Leave a comment

Today marked real progress in my yoga studies since I started more than 18months ago (we have been going 2 or 3 times a week very consistently). We managed to score an invite to an Advanced class [photos] – its not taught in any proper lessons anywhere in the world but Bikram is training up some teachers and I am guessing it will become proper lessons. So at the moment its all sort of word of mouth.

To be honest, it was really Dawn that got invited I was just there for the ride. There were only 4 of us, the studio owner Nathan, a teacher Elle, Dawn and me. It takes 2hrs for the 84 poses so it all went pretty quickly. I didn’t quite last the whole class, I felt a bit sick near the end – I think it was because some of the poses were quite hard and quite different from what I had before. I certainly didn’t even attempt the handstand set; never having done a handstand in my life!

Nathan plans to have regular Advanced sessions and I will definitely do it frequently as I think some of the poses will help me in the “beginner” series. Its also good to do something else for a change.


21-Mar-2011 Post Sixfoot Tiredness

Monday 21 March 2011 Leave a comment

I am still really tired, not sure why but I am blaming it on running six foot last weekend. Anyway over the weekend I did the following:

Saturday – got out of bed real late, like 11am. It was raining hard but I went for a swim in the biggish waves. In the afternoon I went to yoga then watched the Black Swan film, and mucked around on the pc and went to bed at 2am – maybe that’s why I’m tired !
Sunday – Got up very late again, 10am or after. Went for a run around Maianbar and thru the mud (it was quite warm & sunny) then dashed off to yoga (again). By the evening I was totally buggered & dehydrated. However I always do better with yoga on the 2nd consecutive day – it’s a bit like running – the more I do the better I get.

2-Aug-2010 Monday = Bank Holiday

Monday 2 August 2010 Leave a comment

I work for a Bank and Monday was a Bank Holiday so no work! Even better as the kids were all at school!

Although I am sure my leg is not fixed I went for a run anyway. It was great 8km of running in the cold wind but it felt to be out again (although it was well sore byt he evening but it could also have been the walking on sand that did it in)

I went swimming at Hordern’s beach – although it looked beautiful and clear, I reckon it was the coldest I have ever swum in. Check out the photos.

I also went for a walk with the missus along Bonnie Vale. Then in the evening I went running so needless to say I was totally cactus by the time I got home (late).

1-Aug-2010 I saw a shark when swimming!

Sunday 1 August 2010 Leave a comment

What can I say. Went swimming with the 7.30am Sunday morning group at Cronulla. First time I have been on a Sunday – there was easily 15 people there. Most with wetsuits and flippers. I was just in my speedos. We saw a shark – admittedly a fairly safe Port Jackson Shark (just like these pics) – no one else worried. It was funny as we were regrouping and I asked what kind of fish that was (which is why I googled it when I got home). We went completely around Shark Island as usual. It was pretty cold – 16.3C – temp still dropping. Afterwards I went to Grind for a double Expresso. Amazed I could get in there as its usually so packed.

Took Kody swimming at Sutherland in the afternoon and then went to yoga later. VERY hot/humid.

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22-May-2010 Swimming Video

Saturday 22 May 2010 Leave a comment

In the morning I took the Ko and Chel to the open days at Kids Yoga then I took them both to their parties then I went Swimming – see below video.

Then after that I went running with Dawn – Bundeena Trig to Big Marley 12.1km return.

9-May-2010 Weekend Exercise

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I went for the greatest swim to Bonnie Vale and back on Saturday, approx 1hr. Very clear water, very warm. loads of fish, big small, blue, silvery etc. Even though the summer is over the water was still 20C+. Went for a kayak/Stand up paddle with Dawn, Jazmin and then a swim on the beach incl Chelsea. Jazmin was very impressive in her balancing. Dawn barely had the nerve to stand upright, and certainly not paddle anywhere! Then Yoga. And a run.

Sunday swimming, more paddling but the sea was very choppy still I didn’t fall in. I also sold my spot in the North Face 100k as I had missed too much training with my calf. I think the calf is better, but I do have an issue with my bum, muscle in leg. Steve Bodnar reckons I might have torn the hammy off the bone. It sounds a bit dramatic but the symptoms are eerily similar to his. I think I did it during Yoga. It only hurts driving the car or sitting down for a long time eg on the train or at work.

1-May-2010 A Perfect Day

Saturday 1 May 2010 Leave a comment

On Saturday I:

  • Got up late (11am)
  • Walked the dog
  • Went for a run – 6km – along Bonnie Vale (my favourite). Calf felt better
  • Went for a swim – 1km from Hordern’s Beach (lots of fish)
  • Went for a stand-up paddle, with Kids, and swim at beach
  • Went to Bikram Yoga
  • Cooked dinner & went to bed, tired & satisfied

That’s pretty much all I ever wanted to do with my life …

It was just icing on the top that the weather was warm & sunny also.

27-Oct-2009 Weekend

Tuesday 27 October 2009 Leave a comment

So after my last post (Thurs evening), it’s been interesting.
Late Thurs night (12:20am) I went for a run. I wanted a good hit out without risk of tripping in the dark, so decided to run along Bundeena Drive to Maianbar turn and into Maianbar – not really advisable during the day as a fair few cars and no pavement. But at night running on the road is ok. Most of the way was in the middle of the road with torch turned off. I went quite quick. Its about 5km up hill to the turn then about 3-4km down to Maianbar. I felt like I pushed most the way, plus the sheer adrenaline of running in the dark, looking over the hills. Very still and beautiful – luckily a warm night so just in singlet & shorts. At Maianbar I went down to the beach and crossed the water to Bonnie Vale. It was half tide so was waist deep. The torch shone into the water which was crystal clear and was warm and it was very surreal. Then a good dash back into bundeena arriving at 1.40am, a quick shower and hop into bed. Some nights you feel like you could just go on forever and its a shame to actually stop. Needless to say I was very sore on Friday.

Yoga in Darlinghurst on Fri evening, then a $8 masala dosa at Jaipur Sweets on the way home. Yoga generally makes me float down the street afterwards – the high is probably even better than running:

“It is the only subject where the subject is not also the object.”
The yoga posture (the “object”) is the subject of the class, but the yoga posture is not the POINT of the class. The point of the class is what happens to you, in your body and mind, when you do the yoga. I think it’s to remind people that the purpose of coming to yoga is to heal your body and your mind, instead of just trying to do a really great standing head to knee pose. You still need to work on standing head to knee pose, and study standing head to knee pose, and try to do it better every time you do it! But at the end of the day, the pose ITSELF is almost irrelevant. What matters is the process… and of course, the results of that process.

On Saturday I ran with the bushies at Helensburgh. Great photo of the Bushies in their new tops, but I only managed running 10-15mins before I went over on my ankle. I would say it wasn’t my fault – some people were talking and I was paying more attention to what they were saying than watching the crappy boulder-strewn track we were running on. My fault I guess.

I hobbled back to the start and went home, and went for a swim instead. Actually 2 swims (one with the missus). Then in the afternoon we went to yoga in Caringbah. On Sunday I did 2km swim in the pouring rain at Sutherland pool and then went in the sea again in the late afternoon.

Monday I was cactus, stiff and tired and of course the weather was shit-house.

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