Bad Bird Watching for Triathletes

otlWhen Simon Barnes (Sports Reporter) wrote ‘How to be a bad birdwatcher’ he produced an excellent introduction to bird watching.  It has also become one of my all time inspirational books.  Let me explain.

As usual I was an hour early for a meeting in central London and having seen all the sights several times as a result of this habit I was killing time in a bookshop by way of a change. As I perused the titles, occasionally lifting a tome to skim its contents I came across a grey jacketed book with a line drawing of a bird on the front.  The title ‘How to be a bad birdwatcher’.  I had no interest in bird watching so only gave it a cursory glance and put it back in the stacks.  For some reason this act bothered me.  As I continued to browse, it bothered me more.  Until as I was about to leave I went back and took it off the shelf for a second time.

The upshot is that it is a great book about bird watching and as I sit here typing this blog I keep glancing out of the window, binoculars and field guide at the ready looking for unusual ornithological visitors to our garden.  This hasn’t changed my life.

The tenant of the book is that all around us are birds.  How often do we notice them? Where ever we look we can very quickly spot birds.  We can probably name 20 very easily, try it!  The point is, how often do we notice them.  Most people will go through their day without noticing the birds around them.  This created one of those life affirming links.

Ideas which might make us better athletes are the same. We are often blind to that great idea which can help us improve.  How often do they flit into view but we don’t notice them? What if you walked with your head up looking for ideas to come into view.  Maybe tried something different to see if it could help you become a better swimmer or cyclist? That’s what this blog site is all about, spotting those ideas which could, if you were prepared to give them a go make our sport even more enjoyable.

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