Ironman, Kona Diary »

[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 …

Training »

[14 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

All too often athletes approach their preparation to a race as a purely physical venture. This approach leads to disappointment far more often than it does to success.
The type of events which we target, involve a total fitness of mind, body and spirit. You can’t just load the body up with more and more stress expecting it to adapt. There has to be a careful balance of stress and recovery. Each athlete has a different tolerance to workload.
A very common mistake is to neglect recovery, both nutritionally and the amount …

Training »

[21 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

Lets face it, we’re triathletes, we’re not cyclists. Cyclists are completely different athletes with very different needs and talents. Some good cyclists have become good triathletes but the transition is not an easy one.
Most of the athletes I deal with are interested in half and full Ironman events. In each case the bike leg is a time trial. The physiological requirements for a triathlon time trial are very different to those for a cycling road race. In a road race, part of the game is to actually put yourself on …

Becoming a Winner »

[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Seconds count

Every second counts. This is the second weekend in a row that I’ve been timekeeper, and watched the guys time trialling at Walloon. Even though in last weeks newsletter, I wrote about the differences between the faster riders and the slower ones, I see the same little differences occurring.
Whether it’s a race or a time trial in training, every second counts. A few seconds of rolling “too big a gear”, just not shifting back to a gear where the rider is most efficient, costs seconds. Sitting up and coasting without the …

Coaching »

[15 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Insurance – do we need it

I’ve had the same vehicle for about six years, a Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier. I intended keeping it for a few more years. Usually when I am finished with a vehicle, it does not go on to be a reliable family car for the next owner. I usually wear them out.
This is the third Troopy I’ve owned. Each one has been a diesel. My ex-wife still has the one we bought new in 91. They reconditioned the motor at 490,000km. They’re a hard vehicle to wear out.
Last Friday my mate …