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[5 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

As we left the coffee shop at 7am on a beautiful autumn morning in Brisbane, one of the girls complained about being cold. It was 20 C and was one of the first mornings I had worn a light vest under my cycle jersey, and that was only for the first 10min as I leave home. I soon warm up and no longer need it.
I pointed out to her that if we were in Paris or New York, and it was 20 C we’d be saying how beautiful it was. …

Headline, Training »

[29 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

When we sit in a restaurant chatting and waiting for our meal to be served, we can’t help following the waitress with our eyes as she carries out everyone else’s meal. When it’s our turn, and the meal is placed in front of us we feast on it with our eyes for a start. Just looking at the meal starts the saliva flowing.
Then as we eat our meal, savouring  each mouthful, our focus is totally on our own plate. We’re not looking at what the guy at the next table …

Coaching, Headline »

[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 …

Coaching, Headline »

[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 …

Becoming a Winner, Headline »

[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 …

Headline, Ironman »

[5 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

I have had my book available on Amazon for a couple of months as an e-book, I personally prefer a “real book” made from paper. Something I can have beside my bed, or in my office, to read a page or two and come back to it when I have more time.
A lot of people have asked when I will have a paper copy available. Well the good news is after lots of minor editing changes, and several bouts of approvals, it is now available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Bedtime-Stories-Triathletes-Allan-Pitman/dp/1504306511/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488677747&sr=1-2&keywords=100+Bedtime+Stories+for+Triathletes
The approach I …

Headline, Training »

[9 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

When ever possible I like to train with a group, it’s not always possible but the atmosphere is so good with a good group of people that it’s worth the effort to fit in. We all know triathlon is an individual sport, and there are arguments mounted that training totally on your own is good for your mental strength.
There is an opposing argument, it doesn’t matter how much “mental strength” you develop on the trainer in your laundry with the clothes dryer going, if you drop out of the sport …

Coaching, Headline »

[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 …

Headline, Training »

[8 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

They say, it’s not what happens to you in life, it’s how you react to it that matters.  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. There are so many famous quotes regarding how we handle set backs, but very little information on how to actually “turn the switch” back from despair, back to happiness.
It’s unrealistic to expect to be gloriously happy all day, every day, especially on the day we race our Ironman. We all have ups and downs, highs and lows. It’s worth developing the skill of monitoring where …

Headline, Training »

[1 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

I saw a good quote today – “If you quit once, it becomes a habit, never quit.”
When a new athlete joins the squad it doesn’t take long before their fighting spirit, their inherent toughness shows up. The people who have that killer instinct on race day, have it every day of their lives. It’s a way of living, it’s a way of thinking, in fact I believe that it’s beyond thinking. I don’t think there’s any thinking, or considerations of options.
A natural fighter, just behaves instinctively. For the natural fighter …