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[22 Jul 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

I have just spent 10 days in India coaching a couple of training camps. I’ve never been to India before and had never really cared whether I did get there, but an opportunity came up so I went for it. I thought why not, I may never get another opportunity. I sure am happy to be home, and I don’t think I’ll be going out for a curry anytime soon.
I have coached Deepak Raj for five or six years and watched him develop as an athlete and in recent years …

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[14 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Let’s face it an Ironman, a half Ironman, an Olympic Distance triathlon are all endurance events. If you take 2hrs 30min or more in an Olympic Distance race it’s a 95% endurance event. An Ironman is as much as 99% endurance, it’s not a strength event, being strong is important, but it’s endurance that gets you to the finish line.
Humans are natural endurance animals. We evolved travelling hundreds of kilometres a month tracking and hunting animals. We also ate those animals, and any fruits, berries, seeds and edible roots along …

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[11 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

Coffee time in Port Macquarie. This year we enjoyed the best conditions Port Macquarie has ever offered. When the weather is nice, people are nicer. Our whole squad was healthy and happy to finally be there.
Sometimes the weeks seem to drag on, and we can get a little sick of the early mornings and long workouts. When race week comes around it’s almost a relief.
It was my own 44th Ironman race and too be honest in recent years I have maybe not trained as solidly as I should have. This …

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[11 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Today we were doing one of our regular bike time trials out at Walloon (about 45min west of Brisbane). It’s a fairly quiet area at that time on a Sunday morning. We ride from one town to the next town for roughly 16km loops.
Today I was having a good day, my mind was on the job and I was chasing my mates. It’s the sort of course where if your mind is not on the job, it can become a real grind. Today I was on.
On my fourth loop I …

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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[13 Jul 2016 | No Comment | ]

This bougainvillea plant has taken 10yrs to reach this state. One of my neighbours called in the other day to ask me why his Bougainvilleas are not flowering like mine, what am I feeding them on? The simple answer is I’m using the same fertiliser  as he is, it’s just mine have had time to develop. More fertiliser is not the answer, it’ll likely only harm the plants.

All of the ones in the garden above have had one year of establishment and care. His were planted only three months ago …

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[14 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

In my last article I talked about courage, it takes courage to do things that scare you. But doing those things require you to trust yourself. Trust yourself that you’ll make the right decisions at the right time. A lot of pre race nerves are based on the fear that we’ll not do what we normally do in training. Like many fears it’s totally based on self doubt.
Most of us have more ability than we believe. In fact it’s often the coaches job to drag out that performance by “kicking …

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[25 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Talent is not all that important.
I’ve heard a lot of lazy people excuse themselves for not setting serious goals, not training conscientiously, because they have decided that they don’t have enough talent to be worthy of setting big goals.
Then on the other hand I’ve seen athletes work hard at all aspects of their sport, and overcome all sorts of obstacles along the way, and then amaze themselves and all those around them, with how much talent they have uncovered.
My observation is that the greatest talent an endurance athlete can have …

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 …

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[30 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

One of the guys said “It must be hard to get in and train on your own when the squad has finished”, as I was about to get into the pool this morning. It made me think a about it a bit. I thought, the rest of the squad has finished training, they’re having a coffee or breakfast, and now they’re off to work. They all work at fairly responsible jobs.
In fact most of them have demanding jobs, and families, yet they find time for their training because that’s their passion. They …