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[25 Oct 2014 | One Comment | ]

This was my sixteenth attempt at the Hawaiian Ironman. I guess that makes me an Ironman Junkie. It would have been my fortieth Ironman race. But it was not to be. No matter how well we prepare, sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want.
My Kona holiday started out really well, we did all the normal familiarisation workouts for the first timers. I like to divide the course into segments and drive out to complete one piece at a time on consecutive days. This way by time race …

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[22 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

 One of the major challenges in training for an Ironman race is staying well through the training so we stand at the start line without illness or injury. We all push the edge of our immune system juggling a workload heavy enough to prepare us for the task, with all of the other pressures “life” throws at us.
When I had a bike shop I’d see guys come into the shop who were training for an Ironman, seriously these guys looked like they had just watched 48hrs of political campaign adds. …

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[14 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

There are a lot of hills to ride to develop an Ironman triathlete. Riding hills doesn’t have to be hard work, it can be the most enjoyable training you’ll ever do. Every hill you climb rewards you with a downhill. In fact a course with rolling hills is often an easier one to ride or race than a dead flat one. The variety of effort and the ability to change muscle groups can help to share the load across more of the body.
The second  important part of the longevity puzzle …

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[7 Aug 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

  Today I was out riding up a mountain in training, it was a beautiful spring day. The calendar doesn’t say spring just yet but it was spring today. Controlling the random thoughts which go through your head while out doing long training rides is good practice for race day.
We feel something everytime we allow a passing thought to stick for a moment. Now many of those thoughts are harmless enough, but some are going to make us feel uncomfortable, weaker or even defeated. If we have hundreds of thoughts …

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[29 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

It’s a little over six weeks to the Hawaii Ironman 2012. We’re well into our training block for it. The warm weather is here now and I find we can do more training now without the risk of illness. It seems that once spring has started the body responds to training better than in winter. It could be purely physical or it could be all in the head. It doesn’t matter really, doing the necessary work and not getting sick is the object.
This morning I did a two and half …

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[19 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Three weeks to Kona

Sunday nights are great. The work’s been done for the week, Monday’s a rest day. I’m counting down the things I have to get done before I leave for Hawaii on the 29th September.
Apart from my coaching committments, I have one more major workout to get done. My endurance/fuel efficiency workout next Sunday. It’s a 200km bike with a 26km climb in the middle of it, and a 30min run off the bike. It usually works out to be an 8hr day. It’s always a great day sharing the experience …

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[12 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]

The 100km time trial is one of the best tests we have for Half Ironman and Ironman performance. A shorter time trial may show how fast you are but the concentation skills needed for a long race in tough conditions need to be learned. The best place to learn these skills is doing something tough enough to test the mind.
The course we use is west of Brisbane over rolling terrain. It has some hills, some flat, often wind, and in winter it’s cold enough for full finger gloves and shoe …

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[31 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

Why is it that the day after a big session, you get out of bed and feel pretty good. The next morning it feels like the night was too short. This morning (Tuesday) was like that. I looked in the mirror and Keith Richards was looking back. 4.30am is too early to have to get up sometimes.
It’s six weeks to go and even though I’m tired right now, it’s all good. I’ve had a productive week of training last week. I managed to fit in 4hrs swimming, about 12km, 7hrs …

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[25 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

I’ve cautiously started my program again now the “Man Flu” symptoms have eased. I’ve had a great run of health for three years, hardly a sniffle. It’s amazing how sensitive to any symptoms we become after a cold.
My Sunday workout was going to be a test of the strength of my immune system. We did a two hour bike followed by a two hour run. I had done a 4,000m aerobic swim set on Saturday, no change in symptoms. I still had a little bit of a tickle in the throat.
Sunday’s …

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[18 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]

We’ve all heard how serious a “Man Flu” can be. It’s the new pandemic for 2010. Far more serious than a common cold. Only seems to affect the males of the species. The females seem to have an immunity which allows them to go on with normal duties, cooking, cleaning, caring for others, without the devastating symptoms suffered by the males.
A strong healthy male can be struck down overnight, rendering him a sniffling, shivering, mess. Totally unable to do any of his normal daily chores like cutting down forests, killing …