KEEP ON MOVING
(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.