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‘The Flow State is being so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter: Every action, movement and thought flows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, you're using your skills to the utmost and the result is a feeling of spontaneous joy.’ - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Live2Flow is the concept of a man trapped in an unfulfilling career who decided to pursue a life of Flow.  This blog is documents the activities of a man who swapped a desk for the great outdoors, dedicating himself to better his personal performance in his chosen sports and to pursue his passion of coaching and training others; the objective is to literally Live2Flow.  This is not a selfish obsession, Live2Flow aims to take these experiences to others and through passionate coaching and guiding help them experience Flow for themselves.


The Turbo Trainer set up, without which I may have gone insane...
The Turbo Trainer set up, without which I may have gone insane... Finally got my GoPro gear in order and now getting usable footage Photographer reinvigorated; my new compact Sony NEX-7 with lenses and case One of my favourite shots from the first outing of the new Sony C-DSLR

Anybody who read my last post will know that I failed to finish my last event, the Trans-Provence, and returned home with a broken rib. This left my autumn plans in tatters; only 4 weeks after T-P I was due to fly out to Nepal for a 3 week whitewater kayaking trip but the injury forced me to withdraw. Facing so many negative outcomes and unable to use my normal coping strategy of escaping by bike or boat, the post TP period has been a difficult time. However, you can usually find opportunities lurking in the shadows of set backs and I thought I would look back on the last couple of months and write a few words on how despite having my wings clipped I managed to get my Flow back.

With the body forced to slow down the mind is given time and space to wander and my followers will have probably noticed the results.  Broken ribs are no obstacle to laptop use so the website came to life, blogs finally appeared on the TransRockiesSouth Downs Way and Trans-Provence and I started to get on top of Live2Flow's online output.  The break gave me the opportunity to review the year, take stock of where I am and start planning future activities for Live2Flow; 2013 should be another exciting year.  I also finally got to grips with the requirements to achieve BCU UKCC Level 3 Coach status and started to pull together my portfolio work; I always find doing the physical coaching easier than documenting my actions and it was time to catch up!!!  Progress has been made but there is much more to do….

Recording better video footage and pulling together edits is another thing that has been on the ‘To Do’ list for some time and I finally had time to have a go.  I have owned a GoPro HD Hero 2 for a few months but hadn’t used it to anything near its full potential.  But the GoPro alone is not always the answer.  As a keen photographer, my DSLR had seen a lot of use but often its bulk deterred me from heading out with it in the boat or on the bike so I traded it in for a new Sony NEX-7 Compact DSLR, which has all the capability in about half the size.  This has proved to be a great move; I now have a truly versatile set up with the C-DSLR, 2 lenses and a Peli 1150 case to keep it all safe plus the GoPro with a number of mount options.  I am still very amateur and learning all the time but my first edit using the C-DSLR at Cardiff International White Water Centre is here and the second using the GoPro at Lee Valley here.  Watch out for more to come!!!

Ultimately though, I wanted to get back in action as soon as I could.  I try and have a structure and goals for most things I do and recovery just became another aspect to plan.  I set targets where I hoped to reintroduce activities into my training and set about working towards them.  The rib fracture was quite debilitating but after 20 days I was back riding the road bike on the turbo trainer in the garage.  I have lost count of how many times the turbo trainer has been the difference between not being able to train and a sanity restoring training ride and this was no exception!!  After 30 days I was able to run again and took the road bike outside for a ride without too much difficulty however, a couple of days later I tried an easy flat water kayak but that was too soon and quite uncomfortable.  In the end, I was back on the MTB just over 7 weeks after the accident and back on whitewater before the end of the same week. 

Now, it is a full 10 weeks after the accident and I generally no longer notice the injury and am getting back to full strength.  Recovery can be a difficult period and there were undoubtedly times when I was not the best of company, frustrated at my temporary limitations, but every set back is a learning experience.  Not only did I put the time to good use, it also reminded me just how much joy paddling and biking brings into my life.  Bring on 2013 and more Live2Flow action!!!!

Created on 12-Dec-2012 at 21:09

On 14-Dec-2012 at 15:37, mike buggy wrote:

Keep it up! Looking good.