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[11 Dec 2017 | No Comment | ]

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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[26 Oct 2017 | 3 Comments | ]

In 2005 these girls didn’t even dream about running down Alii Drive in Hawaii at the end of the Hawaiian Ironman, they didn’t even know what the Hawaii Ironman was. They were starting out, having a go at triathlon, really just seeing how far they could go. Both living in country areas, miles from the swimming pools we all enjoy in the cities. Rosie used to have to drive 90km twice a week just to get a swim. Nicky was not that much better off.
Step by step both gradually tried …

Becoming a Winner, Headline »

[2 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Yesterday Melbourne Storm won the NRL grand final, again. A result like that comes from talented players, a good coaching team, but most of all from a really strong club/team culture. There are players in that team who have no desire to ever play for another team. The key players and coaches nurture younger players to give their very best to the team. As a group, they love the club.
In our sport we occasionally see clubs in which the members are truly proud of their club colours, they’re proud to …

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[24 Sep 2017 | One Comment | ]

Persistence prevails when all else fails
Too many of us expect to achieve our goals, our targets, too soon. Patience is not all that common amongst the triathlon community. Most of us want it now. I’ve stated before, you can’t hurry biology. Improvement in endurance sport will not happen overnight, it’s a long term plan.
I used to train with a group years ago, in that group I met a guy who really was not your typical endurance athlete. You would not say he was a gifted athlete, but he loved the training, …

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[21 Sep 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

 
When we talk about the “triathlon family” it sounds a bit cheesy, but really after thirty years in the game we have made so many friends, when we go away to an event there are familiar faces around every corner. Last weekend we travelled to the Sunshine Coast for the 70.3 race, I had entered but chose not to start. I had been loading myself too much with other work (not training), I was just too tired. Experience has shown me where that “invisible line” is. The line, which once …

Becoming a Winner, Headline »

[5 Sep 2017 | 3 Comments | ]

So many of us have heard others say, “You’re such an inspiration” . Little do they realise that while you’re out there inspiring, you’re having to lift yourself up by the bootlaces to just keep going at times. Whenever you’re feeling like the night was too short, or the next hill repeat is just too much, remember that you’re inspiring someone, somewhere.
Far too often we can be too harsh a judge on ourselves. One of our past Prime Ministers (and we’ve had plenty of them over the last 10-15yrs) said …

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[26 Jul 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

The best way to become a better runner is to run with the least amount of muscular tension in our bodies. The way to achieve this feeling is to stop analysing, stop the negative self talk.

 

If we approach each run session with the same mindset that a dog has when the dog washing gear is bought out, dread. You’re defeated before you run 100m. You’ve started with the wrong mindset. To use the “dog analogy” again, imagine the dog’s mindset when the lead comes out, and he expects to go …

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[22 Jul 2017 | 4 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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[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. …

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[29 May 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

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 …