[11 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]
Are you game to commit yourself

Today one of my athletes asked my advice on which Ironman he should target for next season, Port Macquarie or Cairns. He pointed out that Port had 40 Kona qualifying spots, and Cairns had 80. He would stand a greater chance of qualifying in Cairns.
I agree, the chances are much greater in Cairns. But lets get serious, the people who take those qualifying spots are seriously committed. The way the qualifying spots for the World Ironman championship are divided up between the age groups, you have to be in the …

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[15 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

So often when I have conversations with athletes in my squad, and other friends and acquaintances regarding their goals, what they think are goals are only a wish list.

Too often people think they’re goal setting, but they’re really just wishing and hoping.

 

At this early stage of our season we need to have something strong to get us out of bed early. Whether it’s a sporting goal, a weight management goal, or a wealth creation goal, it has to be clear, in order to work.

 

There’s no doubt that goal setting …

Becoming a Winner, Ironman »

[19 Mar 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

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 …

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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 …

Becoming a Winner, Coaching »

[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. …

Becoming a Winner, Coaching »

[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 …