Becoming a Winner, Coaching »

[12 Aug 2014 | One Comment | ]

Most of the athletes I have contact with are training for Ironman and Half Ironman events. They race all other distances, and do well at those distances, but the greatest majority of them are attracted to my squad to improve their Ironman performance. There’s not a lot of chance of achieving that elusive Kona qualifying spot if you’re training with a bunch of guys who turn every training ride into a race.
You can’t fly like an eagle if you roost with the turkeys. You have to train specifically for the …

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[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Not every decision a leader makes is going to be popular, in fact most decisions have the ability to annoy someone in the group. Leaders are not meant to be loved, but they are to be respected. It’s a lonely life for a leader who longs to be loved by everyone. A good leader should be prepared to do whatever he asks someone else to do.
Leadership starts from the front. There has to be a heartfelt responsibility to set an example, to establish a way of doing things, an attitude …

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[21 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

We all know how being around some people drag you down. There are some people I will not spend time with. It’s not my job to lift them up, in fact the chronically negative people actually don’t want to be lifted. Some people actually drain your energy.   In the Harry Potter movies there were characters called “Dementors”, they’d suck the joy and energy out of you. These are not the people to share with when you travel away to a race.
By time you stand at the start line, …

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[27 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

We’ve all heard, “good intentions are no substitute for action”. How many New Years resolutions are still being practised in March or April?
I’ve met a lot of athletes who have dreamt big, told me what they want to achieve, but when we get a couple of months into the program they find little things to fit into their lives which handicap them. The goals are not my goals, they choose them. Dreaming big is great, but we have to back it up with action. In fact the ones who hold …

Becoming a Winner, Ironman »

[15 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

My mother had a fall while working in the garden about three weeks ago, I picked her up from the hospital next day and she was sitting in a wheelchair outside the doors. I thought I’d have to help her up into my truck, but she stood up and walked straight up the the truck, grabbed the handle above the door opening and pulled herself up into the seat. She showed me her doctors report.
She had a fractured seventh rib, a fractured radius bone in her wrist and a badly …