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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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[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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[5 Mar 2017 | One 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 …

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[8 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

 
If there is one single factor which influences the outcome in a long endurance race more than all the others, it’s confidence. I’ve seen hundreds of people perform below their potential because they were too cautious. From first year age groupers to pros, the ability to trust your training, trust yourself, and roll the dice on race day and see what comes up is a huge asset.
None of us are going to be fully confident of the outcome when we “roll that dice”. If we wait until we’re fully confident, …

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[27 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

 

 
Yesterday we lined up for the first epic training day of the season, it’s an early start with quite a few not on board yet.
That’s OK, it gave a few of us the chance to revise our feeding strategy and check where we are physically. The day started on the coldest morning we’ve felt in south east Queensland for five years, 1.5-2C on the car thermometers at our meeting place in the Gold Coast hinterland. Damn cold by our standards.
You can dress for those sort of temperatures OK, but our …

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[5 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

It’s only four days since I completed my forty second Ironman race at Port Macquarie. The club/squad produced some really good performances, most came away seeing the areas where they could have improved, but that’s why this sport is so addictive. We can always see where we could improve. Right from Simon who finished in 8.36 and sixth place down some of our first timers who walked away having learned a lot.
Rolling start – Now that the mass starts have been replaced with the “rolling start” the race is much more …

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[1 Mar 2016 | One Comment | ]

Mental strength can take many forms. Our sport relies heavily on mental strength, in fact it’s the biggest single ingredient in an Ironman athlete’s success.
Punctuality – Most of us don’t realise that being punctual requires “mental strength”. Mental strength takes many different, often subtle forms. To be punctual you have to care, you have to respect the commitment you have made to the coach, to yourself. Being punctual is confirming your commitment, it’s often the result of sighting your goals as the alarm goes off. That moment after the alarm is …

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[8 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Next Tuesday morning at 4.30am we start our twelve day 2016 Ironman Boot Camp. As we have done in the previous Boot Camps, every day starts at 4.30am hail, rain or shine. Not 4.35, the gates of the pool will be locked at 4.31, as with previous Boot Camps, if you’re not prepared to make the effort to be there on time, or early you are missing one of the important aspects of the camp.
The greatest benefit to be gained by attending this camp will be psychological. The race we’re …

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[3 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

I have found the year is divided into sections for our squad members – sections which when complete they re-set goals
 
Over the years the Gold Coast Marathon is one of those re-setting points – even people who didn’t do the marathon re-set their goals about that time.
 
The next re-set time seems to be the start of November, when Kona Ironman and Noose triathlon weekend are both over. The 1st of January is also a significant date for some.
 
For those of you who have just completed Kona or Noosa and are …

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[17 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

 
I have had a pretty good run of races, I guess that it’s inevitable that one of these days less things will go right and maybe a few more will go wrong. An Ironman race takes a long time, even for the winners, but as we get older it takes longer to do the same distance. Some may argue that we’re not going as hard as the leaders, but it’s all relevant. We’re going as fast as we can, if we could go faster we would.
Compared to some other sports, …