SCOR­PIO

KEEP ON MOV­ING

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - By Os­car Cainer

(OC­TO­BER 24–NOVEM­BER 22)

Jupiter’s trip through your sign has made this year in­ter­est­ing. The moral­ity of sex­ual pol­i­tics has been in the lime­light and jus­tice has been served. We’ve seen shady deal­ings from peo­ple in power, too. On a per­sonal level, it’s been in­tense. If 2018 hasn’t yielded all you’ve de­sired, does Jupiter’s de­par­ture mean you’ve missed your chance? No! It brings a dif­fer­ent way to ex­plore how to get what you want. For spine-tin­gling Novem­ber news, your month-ahead fore­cast is ready. Call 1900 957 223. plan­e­tary in­ter­ac­tions, but some­times the ac­tiv­ity is a lit­tle too con­spic­u­ous. I feel a bit like Lois Lane putting two and two to­gether about Clark Kent and Su­per­man. In Novem­ber, the moon is new, just as Uranus changes signs and con­verges with Jupiter. You can ex­pect to feel pow­er­ful. If you need in­spi­ra­tion, this is your week. Call 1900 957 223.

LEO Un­veil the can­vas, pre­pare your pal­ette and prime your brushes. An ex­plo­sion of cre­ativ­ity and an urge to ex­press the feel­ings you hold in your heart will sur­face. But in Novem­ber, like so many of the world’s great artists, ideas could be mis­un­der­stood. Don’t over­anal­yse; let your heart do the talk­ing and you’ll be­gin to form an op­ti­mistic im­age of the fu­ture. Al­ter what you want and make it work for you. Call 1900 957 223.

(JUL 24–AUG 23)

VIRGO The past in­flu­ences our de­ci­sions but it doesn’t make them on our be­half. As Jupiter, the planet of ex­pan­sion, op­por­tu­nity and ad­ven­ture, moves into a part of the sky as­so­ci­ated with your past, your ruler Mer­cury be­gins mov­ing back­wards there. Is this a cos­mic mixed mes­sage? Why ex­plore ter­ri­tory that you’re fa­mil­iar with? Look again at what’s hid­den and you’ll find what you need to flour­ish. This week can bring the suc­cess you de­serve. Call 1900 957 223.

(AUG 24–SEP 23)

LIBRA Venus, your ruler, and the em­bod­i­ment of so­phis­ti­ca­tion, is back in your sign. But some­thing is dif­fer­ent. She’s wear­ing mit­tens and mules… sun­glasses and py­ja­mas. Why? She’s ret­ro­grade, and life is tak­ing some un­ex­pected turns. In Novem­ber she spends the month in op­po­si­tion with Uranus and you’ll be on a jour­ney that leads to de­light­ful un­der­stand­ings. In­sights are avail­able to you. Find out more. Call 1900 957 223.

(SEP 24–OCT 23)

The first rec­ol­lec­tion I have of achiev­ing some­thing in sport was a run­ning race at school. It was in front of a big crowd at the sta­dium. That first taste of win­ning in front of a large au­di­ence sent me down the path of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete – I wanted more.

Win­ning is an ad­dic­tion. My first real hit of it was when I beat my child­hood idol in a triathlon, a guy I looked up to. It was a one-off; I had a sprint fin­ish and man­aged to beat him.

As you go up dif­fer­ent lev­els of sport – and reach­ing the Olympics is ob­vi­ously the pin­na­cle – it’s very easy to look back at for­mer wins and think, “Oh well, that’s in­signif­i­cant.” But the re­al­ity is, no mat­ter what level you’re at as a per­son, if your ver­sion of the Olympic Games is achiev­ing that per­sonal best in the gym, the feel­ing of vic­tory and achieve­ment is the same for all of us.

After a while, win­ning be­comes more of a job, too. It’s a process, and a liveli­hood. But the one thing that doesn’t change with sport is that raw emo­tion of try­ing to win. It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a six-year-old kid on a foot­ball field or you’re the Usain Bolt of the Olympic Games; that raw­ness never changes.

For 20 years, I trained as an Olympic triath­lete. I left school and that was my job – it was all I ever knew. I re­mem­ber sit­ting in the mid­dle of high school and the teacher asked, “What do you want to do as a ca­reer?” At that stage I was watch­ing the Tour de France [cy­cling], so I said I wanted to be a pro­fes­sional ath­lete. That’s been my life ever since.

I’m re­tired pro­fes­sion­ally now, but I’ve never re­ally stopped mov­ing my body. These days I’m a free surfer of en­durance sport. I do ev­ery­thing from rac­ing in China to travers­ing New Zealand with kayaks and bikes.

In to­day’s world with tech­nol­ogy and ev­ery­thing else put in front of us, it’s very easy to get dis­tracted and to not get out there. With a goal you re­ally want to achieve, the mo­ti­va­tion, dis­ci­pline, plan­ning and struc­ture be­come a lot eas­ier. When you don’t have a goal, there’s no rea­son to do any­thing. You have to give your­self a rea­son to start.

My per­sonal golden rule is to be up at 5am and out the door to go and get my fit­ness done – get up and do it first thing, be­fore you have a chance to think of any­thing else. That has never changed for me, right from the be­gin­ning. Be­cause even as an elite ath­lete, we are all prone to pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

One of my main goals after my last Olympic Games was to show my kids a bit of what I get up to out­doors. I’m ab­so­lutely an out­doors man, go­ing up moun­tains and run­ning long dis­tances.

Be­ing able to take my kids out into na­ture has been amaz­ing. Kids do what their par­ents do, so hol­i­days are never just laz­ing around a pool. We’re not the kind of fam­ily to sit around and do noth­ing. The mo­ments we spend to­gether out­doors, ex­plor­ing and hav­ing ad­ven­tures, mean the world to me. Subaru am­bas­sador Court­ney Atkin­son sup­ports the #Onelit­tle­mo­ment cam­paign; subaru.com.au/why-subaru/one-mo­ment.

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