Friday, May 18, 2012

Inspired by Tarnz!

So sitting in my office Tanya asked how long had it been since I blogged a while I said, actually 26 April.I have taken to writing about children pushing themselves with recent cross country events. It has become apparent that we are very nice to our children. We have encouraged them to give things a go but when the pressure comes on or it starts to hurt give up. Yep, to me it seems that we have become so protective of our children that we get them to opt out when the going gets tough. Why do we do this? Success comes with struggle and often with pain and suffering so why don't we teach our kids this? Speaking of Pain and Suffering last year I completed the Lake Wanaka Half Iron race. I say say completed not competed because I was disappointed in my efforts.I didn't draw a lot of comfort from being "chicked" by my training buddy but more for me it was I believed I could have done better. I felt I could have done it better trained harder maybe smarter! So what do I do now, well i am going back and I need to be smarter so I have taken on board a mentor who has experienced the darkest recesses of pain when she ran 160 kilometres in 38 hours. It has to be a complete rethink, not only training but nutrition, recovery, core strength, mental strength and flexibility. Can I do it better? I think so so no excuses time to start!


  1. Can relate to may of your thoughts Craig. Was out taking a class for cross country training yesterday and came back and said the same thing to one of our DP's. Also can relate with the story of improving performance and needing to go further than just the same stuff, but more of it, rather than rethinking a whole bunch of things. When I did the latter, I achieved a goal I'd been targeting for a while. The definition of stupid - doing the same thing you've always done but expecting different results. I found that I didn't get better at running by just running, had to make changes to other areas such as you've mentioned - nutrition, strength, core work, posture, technique. See you in a couple of weeks - it'll be interesting to see how these changes outplay in the marathon.

  2. Finishing your first half iron distance is not something to be disappointed about! Yes, rethink and learn from the experience, but also be proud of what you achieved :)


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I have been Principal of Ashley School since 2002 and I am still learning my job.I am married with 3 children. I have a love of educating children to the best of their potential. I enjoy Rowan Atkinson, Ricky Gervais, cycling and all other sports.