August 2018

SYDNEY SKY DIVE

PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

#GIVEADRENALIN

You’re not going to believe it… Last week I flew for the first time, or fell, but it felt like flying! Imagine an eagle floating effortlessly in an updraft, defying gravity as he circles the earth… That was me! But without the wings, far less graceful and with a fully grown man strapped to my back. FINALLY, I can tick “Skydiving” off my bucket list.

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It’s a strange feeling, freefalling with nothing but clouds between you and the earth. Without an escape button, safety blanket or anything to hold on to you feel pretty vulnerable. It was so surreal, watching people get sucked out of the (perfectly good) plane one by one. Finally it was my turn to shuffle toward the door and dive into life headfirst. I hoped for the best… AND The rest is history – you HAVE to try it for yourself!

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Christmas came early for me this year and thanks to Adrenalin.com.au you can give your loved ones the same rush!.. Adrenalin gift vouchers are not only impossible to guess when wrapped, they are undoubtedly better than another pair of underwear or a bath bomb – sorry mum! Choose from V8 Racing, Jet boating, Sydney Bridge Climbing, Hot Air Ballooning, Abseiling, Scuba Diving and Skydiving… #LetsLiveLarge visit www.adrenalin.com.au/ and #GiveAdrenalin!

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Pictured: Portia Large & best friend Sjana Elise Earp post Sydney Skydive

HOW TO TRAIN FOR A MARATHON

Gold Coast Airport Marathon Ambassador

My first Marathon… In the past, running never appealed to me. I had heard of the peaceful meditation found when pacing the pavement and I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to share in this experience. In the pursuit of health and fitness goals, I signed up for my first half-marathon. But it wasn’t until crossing the finish line in a blissful ecstasy of exhaustion that I truly understood the joy of running.

Tears gathered as I searched the crowd for support. Overwhelmed, I made contact with loved ones. Despite months of training, doubt and disbelief lingered as I was concerned I couldn’t conquer the challenge. Although the Gold Coast Airport Marathon was my first physical marathon, I now realise I’ve overcome many marathons in the past.

 

Define Marathon: a long-lasting or difficult task or activity. We all face them right? Testing trials which stand in the way of success and seem insurmountable at the time are, in hindsight defining moments. Just as deciding to step out of the front door is the most challenging part of my run, more often than not; making the first step is the biggest barrier to your success.

I challenge myself regularly as setting professional, mental and physical goals is what helps me grow. Yet, I believe, it’s our commitment to which determines completion. I love sharing experiences, which is why blogging is a big part of my life. Here is a blog to share motivation and training tips.

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1. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY:

Online support, websites, networking groups, meet ups.

2. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:

Wear training gear you feel great in. The Run Stop Shop has you covered www.runstopshop.com.au

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3. TRAINING TIPS:

Baby steps. Walk your marathon first. Then start at running 5km regularly before working your way up to 10km. Once you reach 10km and feel comfortable running that distance 2-3 times a week you should be ready for the day.

4. ENJOY THE MORNING RITUAL:

Make running part of your routine.

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5. FUEL YOUR BODY:

Eat nutrient rich foods and research refueling with carbs.

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6. DITCH THE HEADPHONES:

Working in radio, I love a good beat so unplugging the headphones wasn’t easy. Listening to only my thoughts and breathe I became free of anxiety and self-doubt.

OPEN WATER DIVER

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

The compelling urge of mankind to explore and discover has led him to go where no man has gone before. Whether it was the early pioneers exploring new territory, burning new trails, mapping new continents, surviving harsh wilderness or Kay Cottee circumnavigating the globe, it would seem mankind feels compelled against all odds to conquer new frontiers – on land, in the oceans and of course in what has been termed the final frontier – space. Few of us will explore outer space, but you can become a diver, feel weightless and explore over 70% of the planet underwater.

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Last month, I completed my Open Water Dive course with Gold Coast Divers and now I’ve a skill which will allow me to dive world-wide.

How can join the diving community? 

Join the Lets Live Large #SCUBASQUAD! For 25% off, call my friends at Gold Coast Divers and use the promo code: “PORTIA”.

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What does the course comprise of?

An SSI online course, classroom, pool and open water sessions.

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Images by: Clevel Media

How many days is the course? 

3-4 days flexible on your availability. On your final day you’ll get to experience the incredible Cook Island marine life. This place has an abundance of turtles and vibrant fish.

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The best part for me personally? 

Weightlessness.

I am still shocked at how comfortable and confident I was by course close! The most incredible part for me personally, was the speed at which I gained life skills…

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The sea, once it casts its spell, it holds one in its net of wonder forever

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I can’t recommend this course enough at Gold Coast Divers… what a team, what a time!!!