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Tapering for Ironman

With Cairns Ironman just a couple of weeks away most of us are entering taper or are already there. For some (like myself) it’s a sigh of relief and for others it feels very foreign and can fill your head with doubt. During this period you have to trust the process and understand that the body needs to heal itself and rest from the weeks and weeks of heavy training that you’ve put it through. For a lot of people it’s been a long 20 week build. A lot of sleep has been missed, a lot of chores have been forgotten and there is much of normal life that needs attention. But now is not the time to completely take...

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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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Preparing for race day

Yesterday's Port Macquarie Ironman re-ignited a discussion I have with fellow coaches and athletes about training for this kind of racing.  We're often asking ourselves if we've done enough training or what is actually enough training? With the rain, wind and cold that turned on athletes yesterday another layer of difficulty was added to the event, on top of the task of completing 226k of racing.  And that is toughness.  This is a trait that not all people possess but can definitely be learnt.  As a coach I know instantly whether an athlete has this or not.  Athletes who shy away from new things whether it be a skill, riding route or inclement weather are generally the ones who are...

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