Officially New Zealand’s Fastest Man

IMG_9368Well it’s taken over 6 months but I do take some real satisfaction in seeing the record books updated.

There was a lot of good will from close supporters and I’m really appreciative of all those that contributed in different ways. To achieve 383 km/hr with an average speed over the Km of 355, it really was an amazing experience and a fantastic result for all involved.

At the time I set our Land Speed Record there was some storm in a tea cup type media around Records set over different distances… You can read my Blog from last year here. The reality is there are several distances that qualify for you to attempt a Land Speed Record in, however the outright Landspeed Record (as stipulated by the FIA) is the fastest average speed achieved irrespective of distance (provided the distance is one sanctioned for record attempts). I’m pretty proud of the fact that I now hold the fastest Speed Record achieved in NZ history. Whether is stands for a year or 10 years it’s not of concern, in fact one of the reasons we chose to attempt to break a 16 year old record was to hopefully reignite some kiwi ambition and see more attempts follow ours.

IMG_9531I really do hope the attitudes that emerged through various avenues in response to our Record run haven’t smothered the spirit of future ambition.

If you would like to get behind the wheel and drive the car I set the Record in, believe it or not you can!


X-Factor – New Zealand’s Talent Exposed

xfactornzHasn’t it always seemed that New Zealand reality shows lacked a certain, arr, well…. everything. They so often seemed the poor cousin to their international franchise partners, often it was just straight out embarrassing. I use to wonder whether they would play them late at night in other countries just as a piss take off New Zealand.

Finally a New Zealand Franchise has stepped up and delivered a quality show. The X-factor has shown that we can get it right when we follow the format to the tee. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the show so far and it’s really renewed my enthusiasm in New Zealand talent. Well done TV3 for investing the money needed to deliver a quality show and well done Simon Cowell for being so bloody good at what you do. Keep it up kiwi musicians, you are without a doubt world class!

Losing weight the easy way – part 2

Fit WomanIt’s taken me a little longer than I thought to come back to this topic so if you’d like a recap please follow the link for part 1.

I talked about how everyone wants to loose weight the easy way right? And I believe that there is no real secret or magic pill that is going to help you… Fundamentally it’s the same as it’s always been…

Eat a well balanced diet and excersise regularly.

But….and I do believe there is a but… You can CREATE your own easy way!

I believe the key to staying fit and healthy long term is to MAKE it easy, create your own easy way. If its easy it’s sustainable.

Everyone has resistance to finding an easy way… Working long hours, children, living a long way from the gym and on and on the list will go… You will have to be determined and have the right desire in place to find your easy way despite life’s natural obstacles.

The first thing you need is a means of regular excersise. Now this should be easy! It doesn’t matter where you are you can always walk or run. Run around the block in the morning or at night. I choose to run 3km’s because life’s resistance has a harder time standing in my way because I know it’s only 15-20 mins and by the time I’ve debated in my head whether to go for a run or not I could have finished so instead I just go. If you can’t run then do a fast walk and if you cant walk then buy a bike for $20, if you’re still making excuses then it’s pointless you reading on as your desire is insufficient to achieve the outcome you want. Read this blog and then come back.

Something else to consider is don’t waste opportunities to keep active outside of your focused cardio sessions during the day. Use the stairs instead of the lifts and any other means to keep your body moving.

Now to start making some progress you really want to get 3 or 4 focused cardio sessions in a week.

As far as creating a two pronged easy way, that is the easiest half. Now you need to create an easy way to eat healthier. Unless you’re wanting to compete I’m not going to recommend not eating anything that might have high fat or high sugar as you still want to live an enjoyable balanced life but if you want the results you will need to cut that stuff down to a reasonable level of moderation or otherwise you will be your own worst enemy and become disillusioned and frustrated quickly as you won’t see the results.

The old phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is largely true… You need to be aware of what you’re putting in your body. Once you’ve reduced the amount of crap you are putting in your body it’s time to increase the amount of quality nutrition you are putting in your body… And remember we need to make it easy.

Life’s resistance will apply to your ability to eat properly so again you still need to be determined to overcome that if you want the results.

I live a pretty busy life and often in the past I would skip breakfast so I could get off to work sooner. That isn’t a good idea although I could never quite get to the point of mucking around making a good nutritional breakfast. So I came across an easy way. I now put a scoop of protein power, half a cup of oats and two eggs with some water in a large cup put a mixer in and blend it up and boom, maybe the most nutritional breakfast on the planet and I’ve made it and drank it in literally 2 minutes and I’m out the door…it’s about making your own easy way. Another great easy breakfast is putting 3 eggs in a bowl with some chopped up ham or chicken bacon along with some onions and then in the microwave for 90 seconds and you’re done.

In order to make an effective easy way, you do need to have a basic understanding of nutrition. Don’t get caught up in the arguments over the 1% of disputed knowledge… Focus on the 99% most nutritionists agree on, that’s the key, don’t let the debate become a weight that slows you down. Spend an hour or two on the internet reading and you will know all you need to get the results you want…

So that’s it for now… Start today and get in shape the easy way… All you need to do is create it.