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The Tokyo Olympics will start on 3rd July 2021. My book Time is Gold tells the fiction story of a marathon runner who trains to win at the 2032 Olympics in world record time. Maxi’s coaching at the Institute of Sport is advised by a group of friends, experts in physics, physiology, neuroscience and Zen. Her friend Jack’s PhD tests a new technique Extreme Flow, with goal focus, mental engagement, skill automaticity and time dilation. It is a futuristic adventure in endurance running with action on every page. It is a read that will tune you into the excitement of Tokyo.


Questions about how you use your time.

1. Have you noticed the more engaged you are in an activity, the faster or more timelessly time seems to pass?

2. When a deadline is approaching, do you get a lot done? I did when an airport boarding gate was closing and I got more done than seemed possible, dashing to the correct terminal (having gone to the wrong one).

3. When you approach a deadline such as the ending time of a written examination, are you able to create and write prose more quickly than earlier?

4. When a musical instrument player is required to perform a sequence of notes with great rapidity, failure would seem not infrequent but does this occur less often than you would predict from bio-mechanical and neurological considerations?

5. Are you surprised when your performance ‘goes right on the night?’ Rehearsal enables automaticIty and this makes great performances possible, yet rehearsal is seldom conducted under conditions of time and activity as demanding as the performance.

6. Is your greatest success when optimal achievement occurs consciously as a series of ‘in the moment’ episodes?

7. Do you find you achieve most when you have a definite, achievable, continuous and decomposable goal?

8. When your performance is totally focussed on a goal in your brain, is it sometimes timeless because the brain has its own time?

Many people want more of their personal performance time under their own control. In my novel ‘Time is Gold’ a marathon runner and her boyfriend investigate answers for the questions above. She learns to control her own time using time dilation to exploit endurance conditions in extreme-flow. Publication is planned for November 2020.


The following story was told to me and it could be true.

An American tourist visited an English country village and went to the church. He met with a church warden outside.

‘What a magnificent clock tower you have,’ said the American. ‘Why is your clock reading more than an hour fast?’

‘Is it? That can’t be right. They fire the cannon at the castle at noon. The clock is a bit worn and dodgy, so I reset it when I hear the cannon. It’s a hard climb up the tower, so I don’t do it every day. It’s only a minute or two out at the most. Must be something wrong with your watch, my friend. None of the villagers have said anything to me.’

Next the American walked up the hill to the castle. On the battlements he spoke with a retainer who doubled as bombardier. 

‘I’ll be firing the cannon soon,’ he said. ‘I fire it every day, when I hear the church clock strike 12. We’ve been doing that here for 600 years.’

‘Is that right,’ said the American.

’There’s the clock now,’ he said. 

The clock struck 12. After the twelfth stroke, there was a delay of several minutes while he completed loading and firing the cannon.

‘There we are,’ he said, as the percussion rang in their ears. ‘Noon near enough.’

‘That explains it,’ the American mused. ‘Agreement between the users of measurement systems is assumed, when small errors can creep in and compound. Sometimes coincidence of amounts is objective but in many situations they are open to abuse, either malign or accidental. Here it is more like a conspiracy of neglect between mutually supportive authorities.’

‘The American could assume that his time while he is in the village is ‘dilated’. The church and castle have their own time, unconsciously proceeding at a pace slower than their surroundings. He could remove his watch and enjoy the more leisurely pace of life.

The possibility of disparities between the speed of light and time from timepieces, due to both depending on electromagnetic transmission that could vary in speed, has the same problem with observer and instrument calibration errors. My novel; Time is Gold, to be published in November 2020. It explores meanings of time in a story about a marathon runner.


Cathy Freeman, runner, may have dilated time in extreme-flow at the Y2000 Olympics in Sydney. See new ABC News documentary 7.40pm Sunday September 13th. My novel Time is Gold to be published in 2020 will explain the theory of extreme-flow.

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