Episode 16: When it comes to fell running, Nicky Spinks is nothing short of a legend. She’s gone from holding the female record for the Bob Graham (BG) Round, a 66 mile route across 42 Lake District fells that must be completed inside 24 hours to, after recovering from cancer, setting records for the Bob Graham Double; yes 2 laps inside 48 hours! Since then she has become the only person to do either a Paddy Buckley Double or a Charlie Ramsay Double, two laps of the Welsh and Scottish equivalents, as well as competing in the infamous Barkley Marathon.
In this interview I wanted to try to understand how she can run such phenomenal distances across such difficult terrain in record times.
Episode 17: Professional Ironman, Nikki Bartlett, has found a way to make the sport pay, and it is more difficult than you might think. As winner of Ironman Lanzarote, she has to carefully select the races that are likely to be profitable, so I wanted to explore the finances behind being a pro, and well as what it is like to be a blind guide in the Olympics.
App I’ve Found Useful
When interviewing ultra-runner, Kerry Sutton, she told the story of how she found herself clinging to a rock in the in the middle of the night during the Spine Race, a nonstop run along the Pennine Way. What saved her was an app called What 3 Words.
Essentially, the developer divided the world into 3m squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. That way, if you are ever stuck, lost or injured, you can use it to give someone your precise location. Every mobile should have this app, so I suggest you download it now, just in case!
What I’ve Been Reading
The Art of Resilience by Ross Edgley, tells the story of his record-breaking swim circumnavigating mainland Britain. Yes, you heard that correctly, swimming around GB without stepping foot on land.
What I loved about this book is that it’s as much about stoicism as it is about swimming. Packed full of brilliant advice for endurance sport and everyday life, you cannot read this book without coming away with tools and techniques to be more resilient in whatever you do. One of my favourites so far.
What I’ve Been Watching
I remember watching the documentary ‘When we were Kings’ around the time I finished Uni, but I recently saw it listed on iPlayer, so I thought I’d revisit it.
It tells the story of perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time, which took place in Kinshasa, Zaire – the “Rumble in the Jungle” between champion George Foreman and challenger, Muhammad Ali. In historical footage and interviews, this documentary is a brilliant insight into the relationship between African-Americans and the African continent during the Black Power era in terms of both popular culture and international politics, including the brutality of then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
What I’ve Been Eating
As I have mentioned previously, having tracked my diet for a period of time using the Cronometer App, I realised that, even though I am eating a very heathy and diverse diet, I was deficient in certain nutrients despite already taking several supplements.
Whilst chatting to nutritional expert, Dan Miller, he recommended replacing some of what I take for a wholefood blended multi-vitamin made by Garden of Life. Although it doesn’t address the Magnesium or Omega 3 shortfalls from my normal diet, it does address most others, so that is what I’ll be taking going forward. Dan also pointed out that we need to cover all these bases in order to keep our immune system strong, something that is more important than ever!
Quote of the Week
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
- Henry Ford
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
This week I was chatting to another business owner about his 5-year plan to sell and exit the business, and he has 2 dilemmas; firstly, he wants to incentivise his key team members to join him on that journey, so has decided to introduce an EMI share scheme – whilst we can’t help him with that, we know other professionals that can as part of our Trusted Team Approach. Secondly, he needs to retain capital in the business, but is sick of it being sat in cash being eroded by inflation. That bit we can help with; with careful advice, he can actually invest it within the business, meaning that for the next 5 years, he can at least get the capital growing not falling.
If you’re in a similar situation or are beginning to think about exiting your business, get in touch and see if we can help.