Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Cover Story

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 with 3 comments
Some very fit migratory geese

Three Speedy Geese in Capri. From CJ’s blog. Lots more travel photos there.

Goose Fact #1: “Every time wild geese go on their amazing migratory journey, they fly along, not too far above ground, and call out to any geese on the ground to join them in their flight.”

It’s a rescue mission. It’s not (just) for us, it’s (also) for them. That’s why I want to see the group increase, in numbers! No power play here. No megalomania. Merely a desire to see everyone involved in life enhancing activity!

There's another report today that Australian are getting fatter and lazier. Well it’s obvious, you just have to stand outside Kingsleys at Kippax for example and watch the very wide customers negotiate the very wide doors and sit on the well-spaced apart seats and eat their fatty fast foods. The only non-fat people I have seen so far in there are the girlies behind the counter.

From JILL STARK (The Age):
"THE fat epidemic is not slowing. More than half of adult Australians are considered overweight or obese. Figures from the Australian Social Trends report show that 36 per cent of adults in 2005 were overweight — a jump of 3 per cent since 1995 — while obesity rates rose from 13 per cent to 18 per cent over the same period. Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of men were fat, their average weight up from 80 kilograms to 84 kilograms. Average weight for women rose from 65 kilograms to 68 kilograms, with 45 per cent considered overweight or obese.

"But despite 7.5 million people carrying excess weight, most are in denial. Almost half (47 per cent) of men and a fifth (21 per cent) of women who were overweight or obese thought they were a healthy weight. Obesity rates are up across all age groups, with the greatest rise among men aged 35 to 44. Even migrants who arrive in Australia with a healthy weight are soon caught up in the obesity epidemic. Fifteen per cent of people who were born overseas and arrived in Australia before 1996, and 11 per cent of those who arrived between 1996 and 2005, are obese."

We are an inclusive group. It is really important we welcome others into our training group, others who may not feel they do not fit the "mould". Wild geese call to domesticated geese to join them. Let's do the same.


  1. that's why i don't like much of cool running dot c dot oz. there's such an accent of elitism. too many fast people whinging about the slower ones at the back of the pack. i never got that. i also don't understand the lack of maths here. most newbies will be slower than the self-proclaimed elite. newbies will increase the field behind you. ?! so if you came inside 100 out of 1000, you're just in the top 10%. if you come inside 100 of 5000, then you're in the top 2%. you haven't changed whom you compete against, but you have changed how good you look on paper.

    snobs. bring on the newbies! they should be lucky to have a grody spodie for a coachie

  2. Ta, Brissie Sheila. Goodtaseeya getting the hang of Aussie slang. Not before time.

    (I'm not very good at this. For a start my spelling is suss. I'd better chuck on a skivvie, grab a bickie & watch the footie)

    Our Singapore friend started this by highlighting "hammie", didn't she?

  3. Definitely no elitism in Spodiechoff's group Katy180... but I do bow in front of that very fast group of girls.

    I think CR's main problem is that it's very Sydney-centric and dominated by Striders... so, lots of in-joke type discussion. Also, some very argumentative types there which necessitates the thick skin that wombats have.