W elcome to lucas(aid),I’m, uh.. Lucas! I know time is precious, so I thank you for visiting and giving me your valuable attention (the eyes and ears).
It’s been many years since I first published a blog back in 2009 – at that time I was only just getting into the throes of WordPress with a product design-oriented site entitled Dbriefed – used to (controversially) document my Industrial Design studies. Since then, I’ve founded two companies and haven’t looked back long enough to write much again. So, are personal blogs still relevant, and do you even care? Well, I’ll leave that question for you to answer as I briefly outline my intentions.
I’ve mulled over the intricacies of whether or not to start this mini project for an absurd amount of time given that it’s essentially, just a blog, but in the end I’ve concluded that I do actually have something to offer you over and above the regular gleaming Instagram, and I hope to retain your attention for just long enough to get a message across.
I’ll be clear, this isn’t a fan page or space to rant and rave about every thought I happen to have. What it is, is an honest attempt to try and tell a personalised narrative of my efforts as an aspiring athlete in our modern era. I will be sharing, and writing about everything within the realm of my athletic endeavors; from training, racing, and #viewsfordays, to recovery, headspace and staying motivated. My goal here is to put down in words the many thoughts, ideas and conversations surrounding the ongoing romance I’ve had with running. Quite simply, I want to offer up what I’ve learnt during the last 4 years or running with whoever is interested, and in doing so, I hope to learn a thing or two about the experiences of others like yourself.
Some background: I was never the athletic type with an illustrious track and field background, believe it or not, I was actually a bit of a gym-rat back in the day, trying to pack on those gains. The defining of myself as a trail-runner was marked when I bought my first pieces of trail gear (a wind-shell & headlight) for the ensuing winter of 2014. One evening standing atop the summit of Lions-Head, I realized that having just run up alone while it poured down must have separated me from the average road runner? Not long after this, I got hold of my first race entry into the 2014 Table Mountain Challenge 38km – via Twitter – after a good friend Paul Cartmel offered up his own – an obsession had begun. Personally, that race still lists as a top 3 ‘most broken’, and as I recall the experience, I smile at the beauty of being a beginner and just saying yes to the opportunity without concern over being competitive or fit enough to do it. One of the standout experiences during that very first race was the moment I started catching people in the batch ahead of me (I was in D) – “Looks like you’re having a great run” a runner shouted as I passed by — I was hooked; the thrill of the competition, the desire to improve, the post-race high.
Another friend Marc Perel, was instrumental in my early mountain addiction by sharing the world of Strava with me – after discovering what a segment was, a run wasn’t just a run, it was a KOM Hunt! (easy tiger, settle down). Speaking of the platform, I must state that I do love what Strava brings to the table from a community perspective, as when compared to the likes of anything social media related. You might find me talking a little too much about Strava, so I’ll apologize in advance, but it stems from a genuine appreciation for a piece of software that really enhances our efforts as runners, and allows us to connect with the achievements of others. I’ll stop now.
So why Lucas(aid)? Well, I have some running-related projects up my sleeves – some of them are a bit ambitious – so I thought I’d better get started with this athlete-journal. There’s also a desire to write (and create) which stems from a small piece I wrote last year about a racing highlight – apart from enjoying the process of recalling that experience, I received an incredible amount of positive feedback, a lot of which encouraging me to write more. Well, here we go!
I hope that lucas(aid).co.za becomes a meaningful resource for you as I add content along the way, and if you have any thoughts, comments or collaborative projects you’d like to share, please get in touch. I’d also appreciate any feedback (good or bad) you might have, so don’t be shy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @lucasradams