[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
The Gift

As we left the coffee shop at 7am on a beautiful autumn morning in Brisbane, one of the girls complained about being cold. It was 20 C and was one of the first mornings I had worn a light vest under my cycle jersey, and that was only for the first 10min as I leave home. I soon warm up and no longer need it.
I pointed out to her that if we were in Paris or New York, and it was 20 C we’d be saying how beautiful it was. …

Read the full story »

Becoming a Winner, Ironman »

[19 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

We can actually predict the future, in fact we do it almost every day. What we expect to happen, what we obsess over happening, is very likely to actually happen. We set ourselves up for it.
It’s entirely up to us whether we picture a positive outcome or a negative one. The skill of visualising the desired outcome is something we need to be aware of, and practice in every training session. A good coach will be aware of the direction of your thoughts by the clues you give in every …

Training »

[27 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

 
I’ve just come home from Hawaii a couple of days ago. All the jobs I had lined up before I went away were still waiting for me when I came home. I treat my annual trip to Kona as a two week holiday, with one tough day. And it always amazes me how over a year I seem to forget just how tough that race is, it’s brutal.
At home in an average week we get up at 4.15am most mornings, and even on a rest day when we could sleep …

Becoming a Winner, Coaching »

[27 Jul 2016 | One Comment | ]

 

We all remember our first love, it’s such an exciting time in our lives. There’s something so exciting about the first one that keeps us searching for that same feeling on into the future.
For a coach the first athlete we help to qualify for Hawaii is a special memory. Anyone who has qualified knows how hard it is to get there. Every year we seem to have to go faster in every age group to achieve it. Also anyone who has ever qualified knows how deep you have to dig. …

Becoming a Winner, Coaching »

[12 Aug 2014 | One Comment | ]

Most of the athletes I have contact with are training for Ironman and Half Ironman events. They race all other distances, and do well at those distances, but the greatest majority of them are attracted to my squad to improve their Ironman performance. There’s not a lot of chance of achieving that elusive Kona qualifying spot if you’re training with a bunch of guys who turn every training ride into a race.
You can’t fly like an eagle if you roost with the turkeys. You have to train specifically for the …

Training »

[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Not every decision a leader makes is going to be popular, in fact most decisions have the ability to annoy someone in the group. Leaders are not meant to be loved, but they are to be respected. It’s a lonely life for a leader who longs to be loved by everyone. A good leader should be prepared to do whatever he asks someone else to do.
Leadership starts from the front. There has to be a heartfelt responsibility to set an example, to establish a way of doing things, an attitude …