Above: Footprint after today's completion of 32K-lunch-time-SAR 4. Todays weather was the experience of the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth within roughly 2 hours30. Start under fully-clouded-sky with rain. First step on the beach at sun-break: clear blue sky, fresh wind from South/West, deep-tide. Next: partly cloudy with silver sun reflections, then sky opened again to end the training and the day in Friday sunshine.

There is an excellent study to be found on the SSI Website (Strategic Studies Institute). From the booklet 'Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future Selected Presentations From a Symposium at the National Defense University' (pag.80): "... Our greatest problems are not political; they are biological. Specifically [...] that science and anthropology converge to prove that the human brain has not evolved to keep up with human progress. Complexity has outpaced the brain’s ability to process it. This causes it to hit [...] a cognitive threshold, defined as the difference between the slow speed at which the human brain can evolve and the rapid rate at which complexity grows".

There is more interesting stuff to be found in the book; such as the case around a questionnaire that asked people in many different disciplines across the sciences, engineering, arts, futurists and other fields too numerous to mention about their projections of the future. From page 103: "...the possibility of a technological singularity by 2060 is noted, when robots will be smarter than human beings..."

Read te paper here:


Above: Footprint after deserted dune-/beach-scape SAR 3. Fresh day, some wind from the South/West, with silver sun reflections -- 30K. Meeting Peer -- master-carpenter and builder of the new, still located at the geographical center of the Dune/Beach-training-route, 'Beach Inn' place -- driving his Land Rover on the beach, is always fun -- we regularly run into each other. Our talk lasted about 20 minutes while several flocks of returning birds from the South flew over and two bulldozers shovelled excess sand back into sea, to make way for the return of the summer-beach-houses.

Todays training dedicated to [Land Rover owner] Bastiaan Houtkooper and his web-hosting company 'Zebra hosting'. In a (telecom-)world dominated by moguls and morons, Bastiaan founded, owns and operates a state of the art web-hosting company -- his costumer support and brilliance in trouble shooting is beyond comparison, rooted in deep empathy and years of experience as high-end cinematographer for commercials mainly.

Zebra hosting website:

Bastiaan Houtkooper's personal showreel website:


Above: Coming down from todays rhytmic Strategic Alert Run. Fresh, sunny, clear, Northern-wind-bitten, dune, Swash, Face, Wrack-beach training. 


 Above: Melting ice painted footprint on the first floor

Ice after training gives this great relief. It helps prevent injuries; a natural inflammation inhibitor. While the ice melts over time, the flipside of the coin is that it gives wet feet and leaves footprints all over the place. See also: Saturday_morning_midsummer_dirt_dive


More information about inflammation here


Above: Sliding in after todays (Saturday's) 30K SAR-training. Clear, sunny, wind from North-East.

Today the 'A' in SAR stands for 'Antertainment'. Like a Hollywood block-buster, that deals with a problem (zombies, monsters, terrorists from within the own troops, corruption, greed, fear) an injury is best treated as just that, Entertainment, a break from routine, FUN to deal with -- to be experienced as a major challenge. Training continues, while we take care of our injury (treating the effect, healing the injury and attacking the overload causing it, through improvement of the technique, eliminating the cause). My experience of today followed these steps:

Prior to training, warming-up fase:

1) Lokalize the exact problem-spot, characterize the injury;

2) Analyze the cause: find the fault in technique leading to overload;

Then, during the training, from the moment training starts -- simultaneously, as the flipsides of one coin:

3) Improve technique;

4) Heal the injury.

Post training (PT) attach ice to the affected muscles and/or tendons, and refuel (water, carbohydrates, protein and fat, NO sugar and s**t like that)-- as soon as possible.


Above: Todays PT ice-pack, as part of the final stage of training, is like the training itself: it surrounds the injury and smokes it out. Battling injury sometimes bears resemblance to the strategy of Siege Warfare: starvation until submission. it does, however, require a vulnerable mind-state to begin with -- otherwise wake-up signals and the direction to be given will get lost in confusion and mind-crap. It, thus, requires focus and awareness to come up with a strategy and to make it succeed. As said before: win the game in the mind first.


Above: Cooling down after 28kms dune and full beach -- Swash, Face, Wrack and Berm -- run.