DAI'S WALK-AROUND-WALES BLOG
Between the years of 1982 and 2010 I spent my life racing around Wales, doing triathlons, mountain running, mountain biking, cross country, running road races & orienteering. I was so focussed on the racing that I spent little time enjoying the country, but out of the corner of my eye I saw that Wales was beautiful and I saw hundreds of places that I wanted to spend more time in, explore and enjoy the beauty, and I said "I'll come back here one day".
Initially my intent was to run around Wales but injuries forced me into walking for rehabilitation so now I'm in my 60s and time is not my friend any more, I've realised that I'd better take my time and enjoy walking around wonderful Wales rather than rushing things.
Previously to this I'd also spent time walking locally with my kids, with friends and on my own. To walk around Wales is one of my ambitions in life but I want to remember it too and because I have a shocking memory so the idea is to build this website as a blog of these walks and of my past walks. While I'm building the website I'm also trying to self-educate myself, identifying flowers, birds, insects, trying to understand the weather etc etc. There is so much to see, so much to do and so much to learn.
Please feel free to use my walks as an inspiration for your own but also remember to let someone know where you are going and stay safe. But above all enjoy this beautiful and interesting land of ours.
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PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE - CHALLENGE YOURSELF
I've always set myself challenges for as long as I can remember, the
majority of these have related to sport. We are socially programmed to be
part of a group and lots of those groups are related to sport. My personal
traits involve being competitive and I was always naturally inclined to
join those sporting groups. The first ambition I can remember was to play
for Wales in sport and when asked at the age of eleven at what sport ? My answer was
"any", I joined clubs, played at
different sports, entered competitions, lived my life and in 1987 I
realised this ambition when I represented Wales at cyclo-cross. Roll
forward five years and in 1992 I realised that I had the potential to
become a world champion. It took another eight years of planning, training
and fine tuning my lifestyle but on 26 August 2000 at the age of 40 I
became the veteran (over 40) quadrathlon (swimming, kayaking, cycling
& running) world champion. Along the way I'd represented Wales at
another five sports. (triathlon, mountain biking, mountain running,
duathlon & marathon kayaking). My second life challenge put to bed I
set myself the target of focussing on my family and supporting them the
best I could, that's not to say I didn't do a good job beforehand, its
just that I switched my main focus to this.
Now all the kids have left home its time for me to enjoy my remaining days left on this earth and so I keep setting myself challenges. My reasoning for this is that if there is always a challenge to aim for then I will always be around to complete it. The reality however is probably different to this, perhaps I'm trying to fool my body and my mind into believing its going to stay forever young. We all know that's not going to happen but let's have a go anyway. And so I am not really concerned about the outcome of each challenge, whether I complete them or not, I don't mind as as long as they are interesting, have a personal development value and/or I have fun doing them.................
WALK AROUND WALES
To walk around the circumference of Wales.
TOUR OF NEATH PORT TALBOT
My aim is to walk around the county borough of Neath-Port Talbot learning about anything and everything. Nature, geology, how to take nice photographs, who my ancestors were, how they made iron, tin, steel and dug coal out of the ground, who built what, commerce etc. etc.
A continuous (in stages) triathlon challenge from the very northernmost mainland point of Anglesey (Llanlleiana Head) to the southernmost tip of mainland Wales (Rhoose Point).
This page is located on my personal training website.
SUNRISE & SWIM
Most weekday mornings I swim and I coach myself in the hope that I can re-kindle formers glories. Probably my greatest glory (as a swim coach) was when I coached and participated in the first ever British Aquathlon. (swimming & running race) Aquathlon is like a triathlon but without the bike. My early morning swim lane which I coached, won 5 individual medals and the team gold. Personally, I was 2nd in my age group (over 40) and a member of the winning team. Part of my summer coaching strategy was to take my morning lane on tour once a week to swim in the sea or another pool or a lake. These were enjoyable times so in 2019 when I wanted to learn how to make videos I decided that I would set myself a 10 day stretch sunrise and swim challenge. I waited until a block of good weather appeared on the forecast and in September 2019 I completed my first ever Sunrise and Swim Series. I enjoyed myself so much I want to do it all gain but I think 5 days would be enough............
SWIMMING THE BEAM - A 2020 challenge to swim into a sun beam........ CLICK HERE
SUNRISE & SUNSET PHOTOS
You may have gathered from the regular mentions of sunrise and sunset that I enjoy the morning and evening low sun glory. I do indeed and have been saving sunrise and sunset photos for a number of years now. I'm trying to place the best on a single page and also am trying to complete the immense task of capturing a sunrise or set photo in a location in Wales for every day of the year. That's 730 photos in total. I've about 180 added to this page and probably another 50 not yet edited so there's a long way to go. The page is growing and already there are plenty of stunning photos so feel free to go and see my collection of - SUNRISE & SUNSET PHOTOS
Take a photo of sunrise or sunset including the glow on every date of the year.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Since publishing my book on the Origin & Evolution of Sport in 2016 I've been on a journey of understanding. I've been trying to understand myself and why I am who I am. I've looked at my historical environments, circumstances and some of the events that have governed my current position in life. During this journey, it is my opinion that I have identified the meaning of life but then again I may be wrong. I've invented an academic character Professor David Glyndwr Penderyn Bevan Richards to explain everything including - THE MEANING OF LIFE.
............ more to follow
DAI'S BLOG HIGHLIGHTS
Georgie Dog Rescue Walk hits the headlines
Is it toilet roll ? is it a fungus ? no it's hair ice needing a short back and sides but by 3.00pm it's been completely shaved off.
St David's Day and being Welsh - and why is there a grave in the middle of nowhere
Partial Eclipse of the sun 'paper clip olympics'
Happy birthday Pat Davies - Cerdded-y-Cwm walking on part of the St Illtyd's Walk
73rd Anniversary of Spitfire crashing at Gwaun Nant Ddu - sunrise at the crash site
Sunset on the Llia Roundabout.
Are you Ambididdlemous and what is that flower ?
Sunrise on the Fan Hir ridge and 2 lengths of Llyn y Fan Fawr
Portugese invasion at Oxwich
PEN Y FAN - LAST OF THE SUMMER SUNSETS
RUGBY WORLD CUP GUINNESS COMMERCIAL
GALLAHER JERSEY HITS THE BIG TIME
Who lived in this egg case?
CHARTISTS CAVE ON MYNYDD LLANGYNIDIR
I want to be a professional photographer when I grow up
NEWCASTLE-ON-CLUN to MONTGOMERY Offa's Dyke Path LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE
ALIEN PINBALL on ABERAVON BEACH
SUNSET AT THE SKATE PARK
THE VIGILANTE VIXEN
BONFIRE NIGHT PHOTO PRACTICE
DAI'S FIRST (AND MAYBE LAST) BOOK RELEASED
PILE UP ON PEN Y FAN
SUPER SUNSETS MONTH AT ABERAVON BEACH
SUNRISE WEEK ON THE FAN HIR RIDGE
THE STORY OF A SUNSET
INTERESTING IRON ORE
GRAFFITI ARTIST IMPROVES PORT TALBOT
NEW SPECIES OF PLANT DISCOVERED
NEW BOOTS ON THE CRAIG Y LLYN RIDGE
LLYN Y FAN FAWR TRIATHLON CHALLENGE
THREE SUNSET WALKS ON ABERAVON BEACH
SUNRISE & SWIM SERIES 1 - SEPTEMBER 2019
10 DAYS - 10 WALKS - 10 SUNRISES & 10 SWIMS
A walk and swim with JIM THE SWIM to Rotherslade Bay, Gower.
Meet Dai 'Canal' our first Walk Around Wales Community Champion.
New Year's Day at the bat cave
Dad's Army, Morfa Terriers company on Royal duties
Council of Death - Council malpractice has placed my family in danger for the last 12 years.
Swimming the Beam - a personal challenge realised in June 2020
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