How we can train smarter by not comparing ourselves to others.

For many of us, we compare ourselves to others in our daily lives and when competition can be a great asset to our performance in sport, comparison can be very detrimental. So, what do I mean by this? Well, let’s take the app Strava for example. Strava is a social media app that allows youContinue reading “How we can train smarter by not comparing ourselves to others.”

Socially Accepted Addiction.

Before I begin, I would like to add that I do feel showcasing fitness/health/exercise on social media as a negative, it can be a very positive tool to motivate yourself and can be utilised for charitable events etc – which is very beneficial. Also, what I have written in this blog is just my opinion.Continue reading “Socially Accepted Addiction.”

How I ran 30 miles with 3 weeks of training.

Is it possible to achieve a goal with very limited time and is it beneficial to set overly ambitious goals? I have always loved the quote by Les Brown who said ‘shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars’. This quote was a big driving force for me during theContinue reading “How I ran 30 miles with 3 weeks of training.”

My experience of a car accident at nineteen years old.

I feel that young people driving fast is a topic that gets discussed constantly, however, in this pandemic we have seemed to forget that it is still an issue. Many people have experienced issues at home during this pandemic such as relationship breakdowns and difficulties with mental health, leading to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, manyContinue reading “My experience of a car accident at nineteen years old.”

Gratitude and how it can be utilised in sport.

Yesterday I was running with one of my close friends and during the run we had a discussion about gratitude. Something I feel I forget to practice a lot in my life and in sport. Using gratitude to push through hard challenges such as exams at university or a hard training session can be veryContinue reading “Gratitude and how it can be utilised in sport.”

The importance of Failure.

Have you ever wondered why we are consumed by fear when we hear the word failure? See, we have been taught that failure is related to when something bad occurs such as, failing an exam which in the end will have a consequence. However, we are rarely taught to view failure as a positive. KeepingContinue reading “The importance of Failure.”

How years of surfing in Scotland made me a better overall athlete.

I remember in 2016, I was at the Scottish National Junior Championships in Thurso. I stood on the headland, clutching my surfboard, absolutely petrified as I watched ‘mountains’ of water appearing on the horizon and then crashing into the reef. It quickly became my time to paddle out through the ‘Sh*t Pipe’ – a nameContinue reading “How years of surfing in Scotland made me a better overall athlete.”

My unorthodox new year’s resolution and the search for discomfort.

What is your 2021 new year’s resolution – Is it to cook one new meal each week or to read more books? For my resolution, I decided to try and build a tougher mindset and learn how to find comfort in uncomfortable situations. Why you may ask? Well the answer is simple really. 2020 wasContinue reading “My unorthodox new year’s resolution and the search for discomfort.”

How my first ultra-endurance challenge changed my mindset towards life.

If someone was to ask you, what is your most valuable mental skill – would you have an answer? For me, it would be discipline and mental resilience, an answer I would never have found without completing two ultra-endurance challenges. Early last year, as 2020 was getting considerably worse, I decided to see how farContinue reading “How my first ultra-endurance challenge changed my mindset towards life.”

An Introduction to Me

My name is Jacob Portchmouth and I am twenty years old; I am currently in my second year of university studying business and marketing. This past year I have been participating in my own ultra-endurance challenges that I have set myself, which I have used to raise money/awareness for charities/causes that I feel passionate about.Continue reading “An Introduction to Me”