It’s been a kak day. I definitely didn’t feel myself and before anyone’s dirty mind goes gutterwards (I think I just coined a new word); I mean I don’t feel that well.
I don’t feel too poorly either. It’s that kind of in-between feeling where you’re sitting on the fence wandering which way it will go. I thankfully don’t have a fever, nor a runny nose nor any of the typical signs of full-blown sickness. I have an intermittent cough that won’t go away, nor manifest itself completely.
So I jumped on the nebulizer and after a conversation with my brother – well versed in the ultramarathon world and in keeping oneself healthy – rushed over to his house for some Zinc (good for the immune system) which I’d run out of, and some Med Lemon. I’m hoping for a great night’s sleep and one / two quiet days before the body springs miraculously back into full health before next Sunday. In fact, this time next week (21.05), I’d like a Bill Rowan round my neck, a few beers in my belly and a big smile of satisfaction and achievement on my face.
And with that, I’ll take an initially strange Segway into how much I love the medium of Podcasts. Bear with me as to how this seemingly trivial link makes sense.
What has kept my spirits high and my mind somewhat sane today is the philosophical outlook (and pretty mature one at that) that if I missed the race, I would obviously be massively disappointed to effectively ‘lose’ all the hard work I’ve put in. BUT, that disappointment would pass quickly and there will be others. I’m already thinking of a bevvy of incredibly interesting and as yet unconquered events, with one particularly exciting one being my own creation.
I am generally fit, healthy and happy and that is not the case for many around the world. And this was brought starkly home on Friday, when watching this TedX talk of Sam Berns’ Philosophy for a happy life. Sam died at just 18 years of age, a year after that talk, from an illness named Progeria.
Please watch the clip. I could give you the outline but you really need to see him explain it for it to have real impact. His philosophy and approach to life is beautiful and touching for someone as young as he was. Step 1 in his philosophy – “Be OK with what you ultimately can’t do (or might not be able to in my case), because there is so much you can do”.
And so, as I muddled through my day today, fretting about whether I was getting sick or not, a kind of peace overcame me, as I enjoyed playing hockey with my two beautiful daughters in the warm sun. A young man as remarkable of Sam was deserved of a much longer tenure on this earth. And yet even with his limited time, he sought and achieved happiness. It’s difficult to fret about whether you run Comrades or not when thinking about that.
Where do Podcasts come in?
Well I discovered Sam’s talk from a regular Friday email sent to me by author / podcaster Tim Ferriss called 5-Bullet Friday, in which he shares the five coolest things he’s found (or explored) that week.
Tim’s podcast – titled The Tim Ferriss show – was the Podcast that really got me hooked on the medium. He is a great interviewer and has such fascinating guests on the show that I must have spent hundreds of hours listening to him.
And in so doing, it has taken my life on a magical voyage of discovery, learning and experimentation that have had me read new books I may never have read on topics I may never have considered. And discover and listen to other podcasts hosted by others, that have in turn meant more learning and discovery.
It’s been a real rollercoaster of a ride that has influenced my life markedly over these last 2 odd years. Yes. Podcasts have been that impactful on my life.
The beauty of training for Comrades is that you have a LOT of time on your hands. So, if you do listen to music when you run (if you don’t – why not?), I’d like to suggest you give a podcast a try. Tim Ferriss may not be your exact cup ‘o tea, but there is such a vast array of interesting podcasts out there that I’m certain you could find a few that would most likely enrich your training and quite possibly even your life.
I’ve listed a few of my faves below to give you a hand.
Thanks, Tim Ferriss and Sam Berns for making my day decidedly better than it could have been.
Joe Rogan Podcast – http://podcasts.joerogan.net/ – probably the most populate podcast in the world hosted by American comedian, actor, sports commentator, martial artist and television host Joe Rogan.
Rich Roll Podcast – https://www.richroll.com/category/podcast/ – the ultra endurance athlete dives weekly into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, art, entertainment, entrepreneurship & spirituality.