Episode 5: Despite coming to ultra-running fairly late, Beth Pascall has already achieved phenomenal success; coming 4th and 5th in the top two 100 mile races in the world placed her well and truly amongst the greats. Setting fastest known times (FKTs) on the Cape Wrath trail and the Bob Graham Round have cemented her status as an exceptional endurance athlete, so I wanted to chat to Beth on the podcast about what it takes to be able to run 100 mile + races.
Episode 6: I first stumbled across Luke Tyburski when watching The Ultimate Triathlon on Amazon, where he attempted to complete a 2,000km triathlon from Morocco to Monaco in 12 days. In this podcast we talked about performance mindset for athletes, how to deal with the dark times that inevitably come in endurance sport, and how to fuel them.
What I’ve Been Watching
The Social Dilemma on Netflix focuses on how big social media companies manipulate users by using algorithms that encourage addiction to their platforms. It also shows, fairly accurately, how platforms harvest personal data to target users with ads – and have so far gone largely unregulated.
A scary and important watch, given linear growth in mental health issues in tandem with social networks on our devices.
What I’ve Been Reading
Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls is both a guidebook and a call to arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards.
Raising Girls is both fierce and tender in its mission to help girls more at every age. It’s a book for parents who love their daughters, whether they are newborns, teenagers, young women or anywhere in between.
Quote of the Week
“Are you prepared to destabilise what you have to achieve what you desire?”
- Andrew Meikle
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
Given the support the government have had to give the UK economy during the COVID-19 crisis, it is inevitable that tax increases will be coming. Not necessarily right now, as the budget has been postponed, but soon.
Therefore, it is absolutely vital that you make the most of your allowances now to minimise your future liability. Whether it’s your pension, ISA or Capital Gains Tax allowance, or looking into more specialist tax reliefs like EIS, SEIS and VCT, the more you can do now, the better off you will be in the long term. If you want help protecting your money from the inevitable tax increases, just ask – we are happy to help.