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[4 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

The thoughts which flash through our minds determine where we end up in life. Thousands of thoughts can flash through our minds in a day. Being able to filter these thoughts can drastically change the outcome of a work day, or a race.
An Ironman race is really just a big day of work, no matter how fast or slow you are the race is over at the end of the day. I’ve heard so many people agonise over “what other people are going to think of their time”. In reality …

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[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 …

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[11 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

In recent years with the rise of social media and triathlon forum, chat sites, I’m amazed at the number of “experts” on Ironman triathlon that have come out of the woodwork. There are some, quite a few setting themselves up as coaches, and have never before either coached someone to an Ironman, or even had the “courage” (if that’s the right word) to even enter one, to see what it’s like.
Anyone who has raced an Ironman, and I say “raced” as opposed to dragging their sorry arse through one just …

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. …

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[6 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]


Winter is the time of year when we can creep forward, always gaining a little bit. You don’t have to kill yourself in training in the colder months to gain. They say summer’s races are won in winter. Every one of us is going to struggle a little bit getting out of bed, when it’s cold and dark outside. It’s the time of day when the strength of your goals is tested.
It’s times like this when our training partners, our mates, are our biggest asset. Having a commitment to meet …

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[10 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

I often talk to the other coaches while I’m watching the squad do the main set in the pool. Today’s conversation was around goals, commitment and the level of desire different athletes have. His swimmers mostly only have to focus for up to 2min in their events, but the focus has to be total. Point five of a percent off total focus and their day is over. Because their events are so short, and focus on detail is so important, they’re asked so often to give 100% in training efforts.
In …

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[25 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]


When I start a new athlete on a training plan, one of the questions on my questionnaire is regarding goals. I want a short term goal, a mid term goal and a 3-5yrs goal. I also often ask athletes for a career goal, a relationship goal as well as their sporting goals. All of these things influence each other , you really can’t be direction-less in two thirds of your life and totally committed in the other third.
Balance is so very important in order to reach your total potential. Coach’s …

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[16 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Stress kills people, stress robs people of their quality of life. We all know people who are always running late, always rushing to meet deadlines. We all know students who leave their assignments until the last days when they’ve squandered lots of time over the past couple of weeks. Then they work on it all night to try and reach the deadline.
Deadlines, and the pressure to reach them can kill you. It won’t kill you right away but it will gradually age you prematurely and strangle the life out of …

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[6 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

It’s not the same sort of courage that it takes to face an enemy who’s trying to kill you. But it still takes something special to sign up for an event that will challenge you to your known limits and beyond. The event you have signed up for has the chance of breaking you both physically and mentally. Part of you wants to test yourself, while another part of you fears the test. But you have signed up anyway.
The word “Courage” means different things to different people. Being courageous  is …

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[9 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

I’m thankful that my kids have chosen the right group of people to hang out with. Their lives could have worked out much differently if they’d chosen different company. I know in my past the guys I’ve worked with have influenced me a lot, even though at the time I was not that aware of it.
I’m lucky to have discovered triathlon when I did, and through this sport had the opportunity to mix with such a great group of people. I have to admit I have used those people to …