How to resist middle age and get fit for an iron man

I have always said that Dappad is more than clothes, it’s a way of life. A life of joy, style and ease. When you look good, it’s easier to take on the day head strong. I take a lot of inspiration from people around me and in the world. One of them are Rich Roll – the first vegan to complete the Ultraman challenge on Hawaii and the EPIC5 Challenge something many said wasn’t possible.

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At 40 Rich Roll was an overweight entertainment lawyer living on what he calls the window diet. Anything that he could see in a window he would buy and eat. Having become out of breath just by climbing a set of stairs he decided that he had enough.

He took out his bike jumped in the swimming pool, overhauled his diet, became a dedicated vegan and only two years later, 50 pounds lighter, and fueled by nothing but plants, he surprised the triathlon & ultra communities by not only becoming the first vegan to complete the 320-mile über-endurance event, but by finishing in the top 10 males (3rd fastest American) with the 2nd fastest swim split — all despite having never previously completed even a half-ironman distance triathlon.

This was the start of Rich’s new life, a life of health, compassion and living a life that you truly want to live. He is an inspiration and an example of courageous healthy living.



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In 2012, Rich became a #1 bestselling author with the publication of his inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself. Taking up where the book leaves off, in 2013 Rich launched the wildly popular Rich Roll Podcast, which persistently sits atop the iTunes top-10 lists. In 2014, Rich & his wife Julie Piatt published the bestselling cookbook and lifestyle primer, The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes And Guidance For The Whole Family.


Not stopping at that in May 2010, Rich accomplished an unprecedented feat of staggering endurance many said was not possible. Something they call the EPIC5 CHALLENGE– a odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week. Commencing on Kauai, they travelled to Oahu, Molokai and Maui before finishing on the Big Island, following the course of the Ironman World Championships on the Kona coast.

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But what makes Rich truly remarkable is that less than two years prior to his first Ultraman, he didn’t even own a bike, let alone a race one. Although he competed as a butterfly swimmer at Stanford University in the late 80’s, Rich’s career was cut short by struggles with drugs and alcohol — an addiction that led him astray for the next decade, alienating friends, colleagues and family, landing him in jails, institutions and ultimately rehab at age 31. Although sober, Rich soon found himself 50 pounds overweight; the furthest thing from fit.  And then everything came to head on the eve of his 40th birthday.


Rich’s plant-fueled feats of boundary-pushing athleticism have been featured on CNN and major publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The Huffington Post, Stanford Magazine, Men’s Health Living, VegNews, Triathlete, Outside, 3/GO Magazine and Men’s Fitness Magazine, which named Rich as one of the “25 Fittest Men in the World.”


Along with his wife and four children, Rich resides in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles. When he isn’t writing, podcasting or spending time with his family, you can find him lost on the remote trails of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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If you find this inspiring, visit Rich’s site and sign up to his newsletter and podcast. I listen to it every week. For any man that wants to jump straight in to it he is also holding a retreat on Ireland starting the 24th of July, so very handy for any UK based man. I have attached the link below.

Peace + plants as Rich says and I would just add style



The 6 Do’s and Don’ts for Business Casual

Oh no – oh yes – what do you actually think about the new dress code that your office now use? Business Casual. Even though you say hate suits, it’s still a comfort as it’s easy and safe. With this new dress code. What to wear and what not? Dappad loves this new dress code and in our home of Scandinavia Business Casual has been the norm for a long time. If you know how to dress you always look smart even if you’re wearing denim. Just look at Bobby Axelrod;)

So show the world who you are. Bye bye boring.

Here are the Do’s and Don’t. Rock these and make them your own.

Chinos or Trouser

Do invest in a pair of well fitting tapered chinos. Choose a dark colour such as Navy, Grey or Black. This pair of trouser will serve you day in and day out.

Don’t go out and buy a high waist wide legged khaki – or you risk ending up looking like Donald Trump at his country club.

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Do invest in a well fitting dark denim with a tapered leg. Choose minimal detailing.

Don’t walk in to the office with a wide legged light wash jeans with rips and other ghastly detailing, Nobody looks good in that.

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Do invest in a range of smart causal shirts. A shirt that has a softer touch to it compared to starched suit shirts. Get a mix of some solid basics with some more patterned ones, a stripe a cheque a dot. We love the way Bobby Axelrod wears darker coloured shirts.

Do not buy shirts with cufflinks. This is not business casual. A cufflink do not go with denim.

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Do invest in good quality knits with no logos or branding. V- neck or C- neck – what ever takes your fancy. Go for staple colours so that you can mix and match with your overall wardrobe.

Do not throw on your branded and 10 year old sweatshirt that you found in the back of your wardrobe and really is only good for painting the house.

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Short sleeves.

For business casual you can get away with a well fitting polo and T-shirt. The top should be slim and not baggy and in a neutral colour.

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Again the fit is key and also please stay away from baggy, Hello I’m wearing a T-shirt 2 sizes too big kind of thing.


For business casual a smart trainer is ideal. It works with your whole wardrobe. If you want to dress up slightly more then choose a chunkier dress shoe such as a Chelsea boot or brogue.

Don’t buy pointy or squared shoes and wear them with a wide legged jeans. This look won’t win you any points in the Bobby Axelrod league.

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Keep these simple guidelines in mind and everything else will follow.

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