Written by David Diley Doing this has been my dream for over twenty-five years and that dream is to make films about sharks which have never been made before. Aimed at inspiring a much wider audience than current shark related films reach, encouraging people, even from inner city areas of countries like the UK, to want to care about the… Read more →
Along the way I encountered a slight problem when I lost my bike pump and promptly received a puncture whilst cycling the gravel roads between Song Kul and Kochkar. Being over 3000 metres above sea level and 70km from the nearest permanent settlement, this was not ideal. After an hour or so of waiting vainly for some sort of vehicle to pass my way, my knight in shining armour arrived in the form of an ancient Lada driven by two bleary-eyed gents. They agreed to shove my bike in the boot and we headed off towards the pass that was the gateway to Lake Issyk-Kul. With half my bike frame sticking out the back of the car we stopped to greet some yak herders before heading over the pass. At this point the driver decided to coast the engine but, in so doing, the brakes became unresponsive.
I found all through my journey that if I had a destination in which, upon arrival, I could spend some time seeing the local sights and meeting people, then returning to the solitude and grind of endless days on the bike was not so bad. In fact, after a few days resting in a place I was usually ready and motivated for the next step of the journey.
It’s hard to explain exactly the appeal of spending 3 and a half months alone riding a bicycle through various types of tortuous terrain, and I’m not sure exactly why I decided to do it.
My journey to Comrades was built on overcoming depression, isolation, addiction, and most importantly fear. I sat down in a chair and said: “I’m so proud of myself for doing that, but I NEVER need to do that again.”
When do you rest? The fact is that the velocity of life has changed . We now carry the harbingers of change with us. These agents of massive change are mobile phones. Literally mobile phones connected to the internet have changed and are changing the world and how we interact with one another. But guess what? Mobile devices connected to the internet do not equal rest! “Five hundred years ago technology was not doubling in power every 18 months,” writes Kevin Kelly in his book “What Technology Wants.” He comments, “the striking/hitting power of a hammer or speed of your oxen as you plowed your fields didn’t change from one decade the next.” In contrast many of the technologies we would barely recognize 10 years ago. The capacity for a cell phone to interrupt us is extra ordinary. It is so intrusive that it interrupts our family dinners, our driving, and our personal time. We feel that it is an obligation to answer the phone / text versus, as I explain to my kids the alternative perspective, that it is a blessing to the other person if you so happen to choose to answer the phone. The main question is when does your brain have down time to sit and ‘be’?
By Ann Brennan This year is a big year for me. In October I will be competing in my first Ironman distance race at Beach to Battleship in North Carolina. As a working mom, I already experience the guilt that comes with not spending enough time with my family. Add Ironman training to the mix and the guilt could… Read more →