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[15 May 2018 | No Comment | ]

 
Athletes who continue in their sport when they have achieved all one could dream of, but continue to perform at the highest level, obviously are not driven by money or fame alone. They have a deep love of what they do, and it’s not just the competition, it has to be a love of the whole process. The practice, the constant desire to improve technique, the pre competition rituals, the hard fought battles, all add up to the total experience.
Athletes like Roger Federer, Louis Hamilton, Valentino Rossi, who have been …

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[20 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

 
When I start a new athlete I always ask for a one month goal, a three month goal and a long term goal, one that gives them goosebumps just thinking about it. After a year or two of training we often start focusing on the long term one and neglect to focus on the steps along the way. The necessary stepping stones which will lead us to the end goal.
As we train along we often change the end goal, we set it higher as we gain more confidence by achieving …

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[29 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

Advice from An Old Farmer
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with …

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[15 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]

So often when I have conversations with athletes in my squad, and other friends and acquaintances regarding their goals, what they think are goals are only a wish list.

Too often people think they’re goal setting, but they’re really just wishing and hoping.

 

At this early stage of our season we need to have something strong to get us out of bed early. Whether it’s a sporting goal, a weight management goal, or a wealth creation goal, it has to be clear, in order to work.

 

There’s no doubt that goal setting …

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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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[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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[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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[29 May 2017 | 6 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 …

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[9 Jan 2017 | 2 Comments | ]

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 …

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[8 Nov 2016 | One 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 …