[19 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]
Treat it like a dance


If we were playing a tune on the piano, we wouldn’t be hurrying to get it finished. We would turn on the creative part of us that allows us to “feel the music”. We would be playing each line of the music as well as we could. Our body would be totally relaxed and the performance would flow from our spirit, through our hands, into the piano keys and the music would flow effortlessly.
If we were dancing to a favourite piece of music, in a private place where the fear …

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[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 …

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[27 Jul 2016 | No 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. …

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[12 Aug 2014 | No 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 …

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[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 …

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[21 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

We all know how being around some people drag you down. There are some people I will not spend time with. It’s not my job to lift them up, in fact the chronically negative people actually don’t want to be lifted. Some people actually drain your energy.   In the Harry Potter movies there were characters called “Dementors”, they’d suck the joy and energy out of you. These are not the people to share with when you travel away to a race.
By time you stand at the start line, …