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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 …

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[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things …

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[17 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

I’ve known a lot of people who’ve had a layoff from training, and packed on heaps of weight in a short time. I’ve seen people have a break from training and racing for career or family reasons and really struggle to ever get fit or trim again. And I’ve heard every excuse given for this inability to return to form.
The lady on the right in the photo above is the mother of the girl beside her. That’s not that remarkable on it’s own, but she has five other children aged …

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[20 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Whether we’re lining up for our first long course race or our fortieth Ironman the common limiter is our mind. The human mind has evolved into a mostly pessimistic, fear driven control tower. The early humans had to be fearful, those who were not wary of what may go wrong, were probably eaten by someone else or something else before they had a chance to breed.
To reach breeding age in the ancient world a human had to manage to avoid being eaten or killed by all sorts of things. The …

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[13 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

 

The average member of the public never finds their physical limits, in fact most never go any where near their limits. Most have no interest in getting out of their comfort zone. In fact most will not ever really experience any more than discomfort. If we listen to the conversation around the average work lunch room, a lot of it is about complaining about how cold it is, how hot it is, how far they had to walk, how bad the weather has been.
Most have no desire to do what …

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[16 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]

 

 
When your training program arrives in your in-box, most athletes quickly scan through it to see what’s in store for the next month. I’m often told it’s an exciting time, looking forward to the next for week block.
Our most recent Hawaii qualifiers from the Cairns Ironman have one thing in common, they treat the training program like a blue print. The way a construction supervisor treats the plans. No deviation from the plan. They treat everything on the program as important.
I have had a lot of athletes tell me their …

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[1 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

The guys or girls who are going to dominate your next age group are working on it now. Every day you get up and look in the mirror you must consciously turn on the look of someone who is on a mission. You must look in that mirror and be the person who you want to become. It’s a simple act of focussing on the end game, every day of your life. Even if it’s a rest day, your body has rest days but your spirit never has a day …