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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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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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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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What do I do if I miss a training session?

Even the most committed athlete is going to miss training days.  For reasons outside of his/her control, things such as sickness, family issues etc will always come up and its just something that has to be dealt with.  Some would call these the "uncontrollables."  However, what you can control is how you deal with these mentally and also how you adjust your training program.   Having one or two days off training is not the end of the world.  In fact if you're body is incapable of getting through a session or is screaming out for a sleep in then it could quite possibly be the best thing to do, even if your program says otherwise.  What we don't want...

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