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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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Confused about nutrition for triathlon?

It's funny, for a long time there I was obsessed with race nutrition and trying to get it right.  Calculating calories, CHO and fluid intake etc trying to work out everything in detail to make sure I had enough energy to get my through my events. Then I stumbled upon a little secret which has now made everything so easy.  I'll tell you about that later...  The field of nutrition seems to be never ending and the research we are presented with always seems to be changing and we never seem to have the one answer.  One week its high carb diets, other weeks its low carb/high fat and the next its Paleo.  It's always changing and always confusing.  When...

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5 Simple things you can do right NOW to improve your cycling

If you're struggling to find ways to improve your bike fitness or if you're putting too much thought into it, then here are some very simple but effective ways to improve your cycling fitness right now. Do 1 extra ride per week. Here I’m not talking about going for a big ride like you are probably already doing on a weekend.  Try and schedule this extra ride during a week day and allocate about 1hr for this ride.  Cycling is an endurance sport so we do need to always be looking to increase our volume.  If you add this extra 1hr up over the course of a year than you’ll be doing an extra 52 hours/approx. 1400km extra per year....

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Ironman Cairns 2016 Recap

A quick recap of last week in Cairns.  For myself it was my 5th Ironman with a goal of being competitive for a Kona roll down spot in my age group 35-39.  Still alot to learn about running a marathon off the bike but some encouraging aspects to the race having swum an ok time for the rough conditions and riding a 7min PB in blustery wind.  The run was a meltdown. Super impressed with, now 2 time Ironman finisher, Martin Hull.  3 years ago he did his first down in Port Macquarie with a time of 12:20.  Last Sunday at Cairns Ironman he smashed that out of the park in all areas.  a 1hr 20min personal best!  He swam...

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Volume Monkeys

Before reading the rest of this blog have a listen to Bob Babbit’s interview with Sebastian Kienle http://www.babbittville.com/babbittville-radio/sebastian-kienle-tcsd/ That’s what we are.  Volume monkeys.  As endurance athletes we’ve chosen an event which is challenging in distance. So of course our training plan has to include alot of volume (ie:distance and time).  The bigger your base the better and that’s the truth but here’s what a lot of us are doing wrong and I’ll let you know how to do it right. A few common mistakes. Comparing your training volume to someone else Ignoring the bodies’ warning signs and being tied to the program Ignoring your age Your intensity is too high Letting your training volume influence your racing mindset Comparing...

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