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The BEST thing a triathlete can do in their off season

For a triathlete what’s one of the best things you can be doing in the off season? If I were to rate my top 3 it would be:1. Strength training2. Rest & Relaxation3. Skill development Being what I consider to be the number one, let us talk a little about strength training and how you can periodise it through your training year. One of the biggest challenges for a triathlete trying to incorporate strength training into their routine is that it’s another layer of stress and fatigue that if not programmed correctly can have a negative impact on your swim, bike and run. For example, if you go full nuts in the gym on squat day, there’s no way you...

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The ONE piece of advice all women who take up cycling need to hear

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese proverb. Picture this.  It’s Saturday morning 6am and you’re meeting up with all your ride buddies for your regular weekend long ride and post ride coffee.  Yep life’s great.  Your bunchie sets off and you’ve got the crisp morning air rushing past your face as you descend your first hill and the ride buddy next to you is happily chatting away but you can’t hear a damn thing over the wind and all you can say is ‘oh yeah?’ as you hope they don’t probe you for a more detailed response.  And then psssssssssssss.. The...

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Make your swim set count

   image credit - Kenley Griffith Make your swim sets count It’s true the more you swim the better you get… up to a point.  If all you do is swim volume then I’m sure there’s time wasted that could have better been spent putting in effort guided by targeted time based intervals. If you feel like any of the below questions apply to you then keep reading. Are you a one speed swimmer?  Are you struggling to get faster? Do you focus more on the other legs to gain time because so little time can be made up in the swim? Well have a look at what you are doing during your swim sets.  If the bulk of your...

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