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I’m going to share stories, notes, gear lists, spreadsheets, all kinds of good stuff, and I want to show you how to have your own adventures.


Ordinary People On Extraordinary Adventures

Would you like to have a chat about your crazy plans?

If you’d like to have a chat about planning an adventure, I’d love to talk to you about making it a reality.  You can find a time that works for me here, and I’ll teach you the process for getting it done.  Easy.

If you were going to read one thing, read this...

Goal setting is pretty much a part of our culture.  We all fundamentally understand the concept of “set a goal, work to achieve it”.  I think though, that we often get goal setting wrong.  And I’m not talking about ‘save $1000′ or ‘lose 5kg’, I’m talking about those, “One day I’ll climb everest”  or “One day I’ll ride across Australia” kind of goals.  Because the fact is that most people don’t have a framework to achieve them. So they don’t achieve them.  And worse still, because they don’t have a framework to achieve them they stop dreaming about what could be possible.  Since I was a kid I wanted to ride my bike from Brisbane to Sydney.  Back then it was a Giant Iguana mountain bike, and I imagined packing up my hiking pack, catching the train to Brisbane one school holidays and riding home.  There was no way mum was going to let that happen.

A man I hold in high respect taught me a technique for goal setting that I now live by.  And it’s such a simple concept, although let’s not call it goal setting, lets call it dream setting, because it’s a bit different to a simple goal, dreams are those things we’re often afraid to tell our closest friends.  I want to share it with you; it goes like this:

We exist in a bubble of comfort.  and all of those things that are easy are with us inside our bubble, go for a run, quit our job, cook a three course dinner, make new friends.  Our dreams though, are a point outside the bubble.  Very few people can jump to the dream, that void of unknown is just too much and so we’re paralysed. Instead what we need to do is stretch the wall of our bubble, until our dream is inside it, enveloped by it, and the dream is something that is now part of our comfort zone.

It’s simple once you see it.  Achieving the dream is easy because it’s inside your bubble of comfort.  Don’t try to jump to the dream, bring it in to your bubble of comfort instead.  I think the the reason my original long-distance cycling goal  was Brisbane to Sydney rather than Perth to Sydney back then was because we’d driven the road to Grandmas on summer holidays so many times it was a route a 14 year old version of me could visualise; and low and behold my bubble of comfort was a bit closer to that than Sydney to Perth.

So then, how do you stretch the bubble? You identify all of those components that make up your dream that are currently uncomfortable.  If I want to ride across Australia, I accept that there are a number of things that make that dream uncomfortable.  Camping out, being away from home, my partner and my dogs, relying on the team to carry on the business while I’m gone, riding epic distances.  And it would be one thing for me to just set out one day and hope that it all goes well, and maybe it will.  But, in the remaining 4 months if I just worked on stretching my bubble to cover all of those aspects then the chance that I succeed would be hugely improved.  I could work with Jake and the team to cover my absence from the company, I could practice sleeping out without my warm bed, I could train to ride long distances.  And then, instead of having the weight of the entire project on my shoulders, I can stand on the start line knowing that the only part of my bubble that I haven’t stretched is being away from home, which is much much less weight to bear.  Achieving the dream isn’t just about doing the road-miles on the bike, although they’re important, it’s about mindfully handing all of the components that make the dream intimidating.

It’s entirely possible to achieve any dream, whether it’s physical or financial just by stretching the bubble, and stretching the bubble is it’s own worthy project.  If I’ve done the work, then in some senses the outcome of the Indy-Pac is actually irrelevant, because I’ve become someone comfortable with the idea of it, and that means I’ve become someone who has, “Riding across Australia” inside their bubble of comfort, which is who I want to be.  After all, if you want to be a rockstar, you don’t need to be comfortable with standing on the stage, you need to be in love with practicing guitar in your bedroom.  I’m enjoying the preparation and stretching the bubble almost as much as I’m hope to enjoy the ride.

Want to hear the stories?

That time I spent the day covered in decomposing kangaroo? When I avoided a wolf-creeking?  All that good stuff is here, some of it is pretty rough, but it’s a work in progress and I want to share it anyway.

#IPWR Route

I spent a lot of time on Google Earth, and on the bike learning about the route throughout the race.  If you’re a data nut, or just don’t want to have to do all the planning yourself, head here and I’ll share everything I have with you.

My Gear

I get it.  You’re a weight weenie, or a gear whore, and you want to know the exact make and model of my spoke key.  You can find that sort of thing here. Although, I don’t know that I want to be enabling that habit.

Flats on IPWR

Broken Spokes

Potato Cakes

Days on the Road

Thinking about gear

I’m going through the process of working out what to take.  Like I said before, it’s a balance of Information and Gear, knowing more means you can pack less. But now the question is becoming, how important is weight and compactness against easy of use and convenience....

Visitors in the night

So the “It’s not a race”  Hunt Bikes Snowy 1000 has been passing near Bright, and it’s been a great opportunity to perform some trail magic.  Last night Gareth came to stay, and I got to sit up until the wee hours learning about these Ultra Races from a dude who is...

Information & Weight

When I was a recovering-cubicle worker I got into SUL/UL hiking in a bit of a way.  Mostly it was because 10 years of office work and gluttony meant that the easiest way to go hiking when you have zero fitness and too much on-body-stored cheese was with a day pack for...

Our Comfort Bubble

Goal setting is pretty much a part of our culture.  We all fundamentally understand the concept of “set a goal, work to achieve it”.  I think though, that we often get goal setting wrong.  And I’m not talking about ‘save $1000′ or ‘lose 5kg’, I’m talking about...