Sunday, September 4, 2011

Searching The Universe

When you stare at the night sky it looks lovely....It holds the untold history of the universe. Every Tuesday evening as I travel home after run training I listen to Richard Fidler on ABC 720 radio as he interviews an interesting guest.Last Tuesday it was Bryan Gaensler , an astronomer and Professor at Sydney University .

Radio Interview of Bryan Gaensler
I enjoy these quiet moments and the depth and breath of characters being interviewed . Professor Gaensle's profile :

Broadcast date: Tuesday 30 August 2011
Former Young Australian of the Year and NASA Hubble Fellow Bryan Gaensler specialises in dying stars, interstellar magnets and cosmic explosions.

Bryan is now Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics.
His first book was handwritten at the tender age of seven and still, as far as he knows, sits in his school library.

Bryan has now written his first published book: Extreme Cosmos, published by UNSW Press.
Another interesting article I came across was a piece in the competitor magazine on Siri Lindley , Mirinda Carfrae's current coach . Siri trained under the great Bret Sutton and have similar philosophies and i very astute at reading atheletes . it is the one skill or intuition that sets a great coach apart from a good coach.
At times I have difficulty understanding myself let alone others and that is what makes crafting the training programme round each athlete such a great  but difficult skill . the cookie cutter programme will get everyone to the line but may not produce the best results.

Despite her lack of experience training anyone in an Ironman race Siri Lindley seems to have got it right with Mirinda in only her second outing in Kona . She says:
Mirinda Carfrae . photograph by John Segesta

“What I knew is that this was a strength race. You’ve got to be strong from start to finish. So the most important word that came to my mind in every area was strength in swim, bike, run. It was all about building up her strength to go out on a six-hour ride or a two-and-a-half-hour run.”

The Making Of a World Champion Written by: Kim McDonald