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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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Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail

I don’t know where I got this quote from or whether I just made it up.  Regardless it succinctly sums up my general feelings about triathlon training.  One day your kicking goals and taking names and then nekminit, bin.  Building our endurance foundation requires day in day out training and we subject our bodies to widely fluctuating variables such as energy levels, muscle soreness, motivation levels, weather etc.  We simply can’t expect to be fully fuelled and super motivated for each and every session we do as there is always some level of fatigue being carried from session to session.  And this is by design.  Endurance training’s ultimate purpose is to push the ‘wall’ further and further away which is achieved...

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Indoor cycling quick guide for triathletes

 I’ve been running indoor cycling training sessions on a weekly basis now for a number of years.  In this time I think I’ve seen just about every type of indoor session and its variation.  From a triathletes’ perspective I thought it would be good to pinpoint the key types of sessions that triathletes should focus on when doing indoor training in order to get the most out of your sessions. Regardless of whether you’re doing short course or long course racing I believe focusing on 3 types of indoor sessions will give your triathlon cycling a real boost. Different coaches will use different terminology for these types of sessions but for this article I’m going with VO2max, functional power and...

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Who Dares Wins

A motto founded by the British SAS, describes the mindset required to win when confronted with a formidable adversary.  One thing I regret from my time in the military was not having a crack at “selection.”  I chose another pathway which had its own challenges but unfortunately took this opportunity away. Despite this I was afforded other opportunities to interact with Special Forces personnel and I got a sniff of what made these guys tick and an insight into the “Who Dares Wins” philosophy.  The simplest way to explain it is like an air of supreme confidence which to the uneducated would seem like arrogance.  But it’s the type of confidence that comes from absolutely knowing that you have the...

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The recovery run is dead

Ok, it’s time to kill off the “recovery’ run. It’s a misnomer. I feel like when people use this term they aren’t actually thinking about what this type of run is doing to their body physiologically versus what they think they are trying to achieve out of it or that they are simply using it as a throw away term to describe a social run. If you want to recover from a training session then do it properly. What is the point of ‘recovery?’The idea of ‘recovery’ is to implement a strategy that allows the body to reduce or heal mental or physical fatigue, usually from training. Conversely if you look at running, what you get is stress on the...

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