Episode 59: Over the last 20 years, most of us have been waking up to Louise Minchin’s bubbly enthusiasm delivered from the BBC Breakfast red sofa a few mornings every week, but as well as being one of the show’s key anchors prior to her stepping down, latterly with Dan Walker, she is also a triathlon fanatic.
Rediscovering her love of sport whilst on a BBC challenge in the Velodrome, she has gone on to represent her country at triathlon, as well as completing some of the world’s toughest extreme triathlons. She currently finds herself in the middle of I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here, but prior to her entering the castle, I wanted to find out about how she got into triathlon, how she managed deal with the nerves in the early days and then go on to represent Team GB at the sport. I also wanted to find out more about her having to judge the mood of the nation from the red sofa, as well as understand what comes next for her.
What I’ve Been Reading
When Mrs Reading recommended I read ‘Mum, What’s Wrong with You?’: 101 Things Only Mothers of Teenage Girls Know by Lorraine Candy, I had to carefully consider my reply. Instead of joking about why Candy stopped at 101, I decided to keep my mouth shut and just read the book. Whilst aimed at Mums, this brilliant and insightful book is just as valuable to Dads of ‘meanage’ girls! I am not sure I like the sound of some of the stages we still have to come, but I do feel better prepared. As they say, forewarned is forearmed!
Podcast I’ve been Listening To
Audible have started producing original content in the form of podcast series. I have just finished the brilliant Derren Brown’s Boot Camp for the Brain. I have spoken a lot about books like Thinking Fast and Slow, The Chimp Paradox and Peak and this podcast series is a brilliant insight into why we make stupid mistakes and how to avoid them.
Derren Brown and a host of expert guests journey into your brain. Combining the latest scientific research with gripping real-life stories, they explore the cerebral shenanigans which dictate human behaviour – revealing how our brains deceive and confuse us, but also how we can get the upper hand. Well worth listening to, in my opinion.
Product I’ve Found Useful
As many of you know, I am a big fan of the standing desk, and have equipped the EP team with them too. As they say, sitting is the new smoking, so standing at your desk can have a massive long-term benefit. I often get asked by people where I got mine from, and the answer is Storage Concepts in Melton Mowbray. I have now taken this to another level though by purchasing a Whirly Board – not only does this balance board exercise my core, legs, and ankles, stretches my calves and back, it also takes me back to my skateboarding days as a teenager, all whilst conducting a day’s work.
What I’ve Been Eating
For those of you that listen to the TRIBEathlon podcast will know, I constantly battle between wanting to eat healthy whilst also consume energy products for cycling and running. There is so often a conflict, as many of the gels’ ingredient lists look like a chemistry experiment gone wrong! Getting some of the healthier ones like Spring Energy since COVID and Brexit has often been tricky, however I recently discovered XMiles, which has an excellent range of the healthier energy solutions (and still some less healthy too). If you’re looking to try different energy products, their extensive range is worth browsing!
Quote of the Week
“Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela.
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
It would appear that we are heading back towards a more inflationary environment, and that means one thing. Whilst interest rates might go up, it seems highly unlikely that they will go up quickly, and as such, money held in the bank is being eroded as fast as ever. With inflation of over 4%, and interest rates typically under 1%, that means your savings are falling by over 3% each year.
So, don’t let your hard-earned capital wither away; look to invest into a portfolio that can keep pace with and even beat inflation. If the money is working hard for you, you don’t have to work quite so hard yourself!