Obsession

“Obsessed is what the unmotivated call the dedicated” Hopefully this should get you thinking! Anyone who has failed to form good habits (or break bad ones) in the past and is now succeeding understands that continuous dedication and focus are key ingredients for progress. I think the quote is trying to get at the fact…

Stop

10 Things Endurance Athletes Need to Stop Doing There is a lot that goes with endurance sports training. From the training itself to proper nutrition, good sleep and other aspects, the list of things to be done seems endless. However, there are also things you may be doing that are detrimental to your success. The…

Social group membership

Not many people have a number named after them, but Robin Dunbar lays claim to the Dunbar Number. Confusingly, no precise value has been attached to this figure, but a commonly cited approximation is 150 – and this is the number of people with whom we can maintain a meaningful relationship, whether in a hunter-gatherer society or on Facebook.

Rebellion to Find Fulfilment

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t…

Calculate Threshold Power

How To Calculate Threshold Power, Heart Rate, Or Pace Cycling Functional Threshold Power (FTP): Your Functional Threshold Power is by definition the Normalized Power for an all out effort of 60 minutes. However, you can get a fairly accurate estimate of your FTP by doing an all out effort of 20 minutes, then subtracting 5%…

Breathing – Exhalation Technique

you know your problem? you keep it all in! important? Very few novice swimmers exhale properly into the water. Nearly all intermediate swimmers think they are exhaling correctly – at least, that’s what they say when we ask them. Do they? Very few do. Even amongst advanced swimmers, quite a few like to hold onto…

101-Bike

Coaching 101, Last week, we presented  thoughts on the progressions we need to consider to improve our triathlon swimming. This week we explore the bike. Number one on the list for cycling is bike handling skills, bike set up, cycling posture and confidence.  I helping a beginner cyclist take them out for some one on one…

101-Swim

So we have spent a bit of time thinking about what is required to put together a training program. Now we can dig a little deeper into the specific swim, bike and run elements to see where you should be investing your time. When it comes to swimming the one comment I continually hear is that…

Individuality

One of the biggest challenges a triathlete faces is wading through the plethora of information available to them. Magazines, the internet, athletes, coaches, pro athlete websites and blogs, all shout out the so called secrets to being a super star. The reality is everyone. In fact anyone spruiking it has to be dealt with a…

Plan “B”

Are you “Competing or Completing” are you a “Professional or and Age Grouper” these are the questions you need to ask yourself, when you enter in a race. On race day one of the organizes  assignments is athlete pick up on the bike or run  course. This means responsiblity for taking the athletes back to…

Fear of Starting

Beating the Fears that Cause Procrastination At its root, procrastination is almost always based on some kind of fear. And figuring out how to beat that fear is the key to unprocrastination, in the long run. Quick fixes are fine, but if the fears remain unabated, they will continue to act on you, causing you…

Specificity (s’s of fitness)

The Specificity Principle for Sports Training The Specificity Principle is key to developing effective fitness training programs for sports. Specificity also underlies how athletes learn sport skills. However, the principle is sometimes misinterpreted. Specificity and Sports Fitness Specificity refers to the type of changes the body makes in response to sports training. Very simply, what…