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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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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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The 'switch'

A light switch has two settings, on and off.  To develop as an athlete you need to have both settings. I’m convinced that some people just do not have an ‘off’ switch.  Constantly doing more than they should, flirting with injury and over training.  Always questioning their training and consequently questioning their own ability to achieve their goals. Before we continue further let’s have a quick look at some basic training physiology. The widely accepted model for achieving fitness improvements is depicted in the table chart below (Reaburn:2009) In its essence we need to be ‘on’ to train and stimulate the body and we need to ‘off’ in order to allow the body time to recover and become fitter.  In...

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