A Punctured Tire

As I sat and watched a cyclist sitting in the sun changing a tire, it reminded me of two things. 1. How much I used to despise flat tires and the frustration they caused me. And 2. The fable that helped me change my perspective.

The fable goes like this …

A farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away.

His neighbours said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

A few days later, his horse came back with twenty wild horses following. The man and his son corralled all twenty-one horses.

His neighbours said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

One of the wild horses kicked the man’s only son, breaking both his legs.

His neighbours said, “I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset.”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

The country went to war, and every non-disabled young man was drafted to fight. The battle was terrible and killed every young man, but the farmer’s son was spared since his broken legs prevented him from being drafted.

His neighbours said, “Congratulations! This is such good news. You must be so happy!”

The man just said, “We’ll see.”

Maybe the punctured tire saved the cyclist from being hit by a car. Timing is everything. Maybe it prevented dehydration or a bonk from setting in. Perhaps it didn’t.

You’ll never know.

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Inside Coached

Coached Race 4.0 – A Summary

Since the pandemic hit, we’ve organised small internal races for Coached athletes. These races have several benefits.

  1. They provide motivation and focus for our athletes.
  2. They offer the opportunity to practise the skill of racing. 
  3. They offer the chance to benchmark fitness.
  4. They’re fun!

These races are part of a bigger picture, a stepping stone, to bigger and better things for most. 

With racing slowly returning around the world and our athletes running in real races, this event was a little smaller and less of a priority than previous editions.

Still, our runners gave their best effort and ran well. They were rewarded for their effort with some great prizes kindly sponsored by our friends at Hydragun, Under Armour, Oakley and The Foot Practice.

The Results

Post-race, we asked our runners to answer a short survey to share their results and experience. I’ve plucked out some of the non-personal results, and here they are. You can also read runner Priscilla’s account of the event in her latest blog post.

Here’s how the race went …


A little over half the athletes who ran decided on the longer, half marathon option.


For most, this run was a chance to test their fitness and have some fun. Twenty per cent were treating this as an A-Race (most important race), while the majority were running to benchmark their fitness.


For the most part, runners were satisfied with their results. In this case, on a scale of 1 = gutted to 5 = stoked, most of our runners were content with their performance.


Most runners felt pretty good by the looks of things, with a few of our athletes having a rough day. As I always remind the team, though, feelings don’t dictate outcomes. You can feel poorly and still run fast. Likewise, you can feel great and run slow.


Racing is a skill, and that’s why I like our athletes to practice. Overall, most runners executed well. The pre-race meal and pacing seem to be the two areas we need to help our athletes improve, so we’ll continue to work on those areas.


What’s Next?

Until traditional races return or the government changes its rules, we’ll continue to host these races for our athletes. Coached Race 5.0 happens in February. 

If you’re keen to train and race with us, sign up for a 14-day free trial and see if we’re a good fit for you.

The Race Experience: In Pictures

Thanks to everyone who participated. All pictures courtesy of