Spencer Green’s Marathon Update #2

Not much of an update this week. As I tweeted the other day, I have sorely damaged my Achilles’ – giving Emily a chance to put some daylight between the two of us in miles under the belt.

So I’ve been on my bike and spending a lot of recovery time with my feet in a bucket of ice, which has given me time to finish a fantastic book: We Were Young and Carefree, the autobiography of two-time Tours de France winner Laurent Fignon.

Fignon is most widely remembered for losing the 1989 Tours by eight seconds, the narrowest margin for defeat in the competition’s history. He cycled 3,285.3 kilometres at an average 52 km/hr and lost by eight seconds. 8! It crucified him for the rest of his life.

The first chapter is about that loss. The book starts like this…

“Come on. Let’s burst the abscess before we get started. The wound has to be left open. Let it bleed away in silence. It will bleed a good while yet.”

A stark reminder that failure – even noble failure – hurts. Bloody Achilles. I need to get back on the road.


About Spencer Green

Spencer Green founded GDS Publishing Ltd in October 1993 to specialise in industrial, government-led publications for the burgeoning Chinese market. The company launched over forty business-to-business titles, was name-checked alongside Tony Blair on China’s national news as ‘best for Chinese business’, and – following a move into India – deemed to be ‘of national importance’ by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. In 1998, GDS Publishing became GDS International and launched its first conference, Enterprise China. The hugely successful Enterprise series of conferences was rolled out across China and Latin America in the next two years. In 2000, GDS International launched its first Senior Executive Summit under the ‘Next Generation’ banner. This became the catalyst for nine years of 25% year-on-year growth... and 40% growth in 2010. In 2011, GDS held over 70 Summits for C-level Executives from a wide range of industries and across the globe, and eight digital marketing conferences. Today, GDS International is determined to become the world’s no. 1 business-to-business media and services company. It’s going to be an exciting journey! Spencer is married to Emily. They have two children, Finlay and Maya, and live in Bristol, UK.
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