Episode 65: Rudy Von Berg is a professional triathlete rising rapidly to prominence. Currently ranked 10th in the world, he has won several 70.3 triathlon races, but now wants to follow his father’s footsteps into the long course of Ironman racing. Coming to the sport at an early age was triggered by his trip to Hawaii in 1998 where his father, one of the pioneers of triathlon in Belgium, went on to win his 40-44 age group in the Kona Ironman.
In this interview, Claire and I wanted to learn from Rudy about the benefits of coming to the sport at such a young age, moving up to the long course, using gravel racing to improve his performance and his approach to fuelling his races.
What I’ve Been Reading
Recommended to me by Ironman Pro, Meredith Kessler, Chi Running is a fantastic book if you want to improve your running form, your technique on the hills, or if you want to improve your meditative experience from running. It is a simple and practical book that is packed full of amazing advice for runners of all levels - if you enjoy your running (or want to) or have struggled with injuries, this is a great read. It is the technique in this book that significantly helped me get around the Arc 50 ultra marathon.
What I’ve Been Watching
Sunshine Superman is an exhilarating, high-adrenaline documentary that explores what it feels like to defy gravity and live. Delve into the history of BASE jumping - the extreme sport that dates back to the 1970s and examine its inventor, engineer-filmmaker, Carl Boenish, in this incredible and touching documentary about both the sport and the man. Don’t worry, I have no plans to take up BASE jumping.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
Humans have been coming up with ways to give constructive criticism for centuries but somehow, we're still pretty terrible at it. Cognitive psychologist, LeeAnn Renninger, shares a scientifically proven method for giving effective feedback in the excellent TED Talk, The secret to giving great feedback. Vital for parents, leaders and really anyone, these tips can save you from a lot of trouble when you genuinely mean well!
Quote of the Week
"If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more."
- Oprah Winfrey
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
The financial markets have been a bit all over the place lately with worries about inflation and the US economy. Yesterday however, Mr Putin, made that look even worse by invading the Ukraine.
There will always be shocks to markets; let’s face it we saw a much bigger one in March 2019 that was almost forgotten by the end of the year. The important thing about investing, as always, is that the secret to long term gains is withstanding short term losses. Now happens to be another of those times, so to use appropriate terminology, it is again time to put your tin hat on, ignore your investment values for a few weeks and ride out the storm. That is unless you have capital to invest, in which case, the world just went on sale!