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A new way of seeing things…

“One’s journey is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” Henry Miller.

Last 7 weeks:

Travel: Norway, Sweden, Oman, Emirates, France, Italy, Switzerland

Sport: Ice skating (Oslo), Kite Surfing (Dubai), Nordic, Off-piste and Rando skiing (Norway/Chamonix), Diving (Musandam, Oman), Running, Yoga.

Training: Off Piste Skiing, Avalanche Foundation and Progression Courses with The Avalanche Academy Planning Off-Piste Skiing, Crevasse Rescue Refresher.

In my photography and film I am often looking for new ways of seeing things. The reason images and film fascinate me is they offer people an opportunity to see things differently.

I guess that is what I love about sport, exploration and nature…it leaves you with a fresh perspective, and it can lead a new way of being – if you let it.

I have always been interested in the capacity to inspire, and empower, so this year I have chosen to train as an international coach with The Coaches Training Institute. Our group comprises people from 19 different nations, with a wealth of professional, business, and life experience to share.

I have started coaching a few people as an intern coach and the results are pretty damn amazing. It’s a great way to shift perspective, and not only that of your clients ;).

Otherwise, I am still in the pretzel business, and have decided to stop fighting the challenges of yoga and flow with the whole thing.

So to close with some photography ;)… here are a few images I have taken recently in Chamonix…

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My Tour de France 2011 – Inspiration from the Alps.

I am rarely a good spectator, I prefer to be racing or doing it myself. However, in moving to France, learning French and jumping headlong into a whole lot of new sports/activities, I’ve had little time to focus on one sport long enough to prepare for a race.

With the Tour de France coming up, I recalled driving up Alpe d’Huez to watch it one year and being inspired by the 1000s of people of all shapes/sizes on all sorts of bikes riding up. I distinctly remember thinking how much I wanted to be on my bike.

I had a dream to ride Alpe d’Huez. I ordered a new gear set to help make it easier, the gear set is still missing in action.

However, I am happy to say after a little training (5-6 rides out of Chamonix), listening to some good advice from local riders and feeling reasonably strong on my 2008 Nice Ironman race set up (39/27 39/25), I achieved that dream and in a good time.

Being in the Alps and seeing Cadel Evans fulfill his lifelong dreams was fabulous. It was wonderful to see him fight in these mountain stages to keep the time gap down.

After seeing him in previous years, seemingly ‘a lone ranger’, it was great to see how the support of a good team gave him the confidence and focus to show his true colours, which have always been that of a champion.

It was inspiring to see him adapt when he had problems/mechanical issues and watch as he diminished the time gaps that Andy Schleck and Contador created. The way he bounced back to destroy these significant time gaps, in both stages over the Col du Galibier and l’Alpe D’Huez, left us hopeful for the time trial and that Cadel Evans had a chance to wear the yellow jersey to the Champs Élysées.

This tour was my fourth since 2007, and I’ve seen a few from a bike trainer before that. However, one thing that always impressed me when I watch Cadel Evans is he just seems like an honest, hard-working, decent guy. The kind I remember back in the days of country cycling events in Australia.

One of the most inspiring things I take away from Cadel Evans is something that I over recent years I have almost felt close to loosing touch with: the idea that with persistence, hard work, and the support and belief of a few people close to us, we can retain our genuine values, be open and honest, and still believe and achieve our dreams.

Here are a few images ‘on and off’ the bike from my Tour de France 2011.

Enjoy and stay true to yourselves, your values and your dreams so that we provide the generations of the future with genuine heroes and heroines.

Best Kathleen

Col du Lautaret Sunflower and Vans.jpgCol du Lautaret Field Flowers and Vans.jpgCol du Lautaret Field Flowers.jpgStage 18 leading to Col du Lautaret before Col du Galibier.jpgGendarmes Leading Andy Schleck up Final 1km Col du Galibier.jpgVoeckler Col du Galibier.jpgMaxime Monfort Col du Galibier.jpgMaarten Tjallingii and Anthony Charteau.jpgBMC Hincappie Col du Galibier.jpgKathleen Swalling Alpe dHuez.jpgKathleen Swalling in Mittiga Team outfit at 500m from Summit Alpe d Huez.jpgArrive Finish Stage 19 Alpe dHuez.jpg

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