• Race reports

    Callala Triathlon Race Report

    With the Callala triathlon starting mid-morning there was no need to get up super early. It was looking like it was going to be a hot one, even more so with the late start. I had plenty of time to get organised and set up transition. As the water temp was only 20C I got my wetsuit on and hoped to get a warm-up swim in. Unfortunately, beach access wasn’t great, and with the standard distance triathlon race underway there was no warm-up swimming allowed. So I baked and sweated it out before the race started. It was a sweet relief to jump into the cool waters as soon as…

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    Maitland Triathlon Race Report

    With flash flooding turning the triathlon into a duathlon my mentality shifted from just trying to get through the race as fast as I can, to actually making a tactical race of it. I lack pace in the swim, so I chase all the way to the finish, but with a run start I’m able to mix it upfront and become a little more strategic with my energy expenditure. I got a 10min run in before the race, but couldn’t quite shake the feeling that I could have done with double the time to get the heart and lungs going. However, there I was standing on the start line bracing…

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    Run Shellharbour Half Marathon Race Report

    I’m fortunate enough to live only a couple kilometres from the beautiful Shellharbour, which hosts an annual half marathon event. The half marathon is my favourite running distance, as its more a threshold effort rather than the intensity of a 5 or 10km distance. I realised with a minor disappointment that in the lead up to the half marathon that I would be really hard-pressed to run a personal best because of my training lead in. But, I would not let that stop me from giving it a good crack and enjoying the attempt as well. I did a video log of my UTA100 race, and found it provided a…

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    Little Husky Sprint Race Report

    Being sick is never fun, but when its just before the first race you’ve done in a long time (they kept getting cancelled because of C), it’s quite stressful. Thankfully, I recovered a day before I was meant to race, but the effects seemed to linger somewhat. The ‘Little Husky Festival’ is a weekend of racing at Huskisson, with some multiple ocean swims and runs on Saturday, plus various distance triathlons on both Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday, my daughter did her first ever triathlon, and was amazing over coming a tough swim to finish with a big grin on her face. It was the highlight of my weekend.…

  • Gratitude
    Mental Strength,  Training

    A Mindset of Gratitude

    Whether in lockdown or not having a mindset of gratitude is highly beneficial. In this era where mental health and depression are silent killers, it is an area of our life that we need to make sure we do not neglect. Life is far more enjoyable when you are in a more positive mindset, but also any athletic potential is also improved with a better mindset. So how to improve our mindset? The Importance of Gratitude With all the pain and hurt we experience in life it’s overwhelming to turn around and then be thankful. At 5 years old my eldest brother died and then over the next few years…

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    Ultra Trail Australia 100km Race Report

    I’ve got decent fitness from triathlon so in Marth I thought I’d give this UTA event I kept hearing so much about a crack. But running trails were new to me and I’d never run further than ~35km. And yet here I was lining up to do two marathons in a row + some! 100km was too far for me to comprehend and frankly a little overwhelming. So rather than keep focusing on what I had no experience in doing, I chose to break it down into 10km chunks. 10km is a distance I’m very familiar with, and in fact, when I run less than 10km in training I hardly…

  • Product Review

    Reviewing the JBL Reflect Mini NC

    I love music, it’s powerful and affects my emotions. I also really enjoy learning and a good audiobook or podcast makes training sessions fly past, sometimes I do an extra lap just to finish a chapter. But I sweat a lot, even in my ears.. yes I agree it’s gross, but I like to think it helps me in the heat. Historically, this means lots of dead earphones. Step up the JBL Reflect Mini NC. JBL Reflect Mini NC Specifications Driver size: 6mm/1/4″ dynamic driver Power supply: 5.0V 400mA Earpiece: 6.8g/pc (13.6g combined) Charging case: 45.4g Headset battery type: Lithium-ion battery (50mA/3.7V) Charging case battery type: Lithium-ion battery (300mA/3.7V) Charging…

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    2021 Husky Ultimate – Australian Long Course Championships Race Report

    After a year of no long course racing, I was excited to line up on the start line for the Husky Ultimate triathlon. Doubling as the Australian long course championships, an excellent field had shown up. I always find it somewhat intimidating seeing all the other fit looking triathletes at a race start. Many thoughts race through my mind, but the main 2 are: 1) I’m not strong enough to keep up and 2) You can do this! Swim leg The battle rages as we file into the pen for a rolling start. As someone who is driven by competition I detest rolling starts, but there’s no choice but to…

  • Using Social Media
    Training

    Social Media and Improving Performance

    Ever finish training and jump on to social media to share your latest workout? Or maybe you just want to know what others are up to. Social media can be a great tool for motivation and learning to improve performance. However, as a tool, use it appropriately. Social Media Traps There is plenty of useful tips and tricks to improve yourself as an athlete, but it can be a little overwhelming. There is so much content out there though you can end up spending more time learning about what you should do compared to just getting out there and doing what you need to do! Another thing to remember about…

  • Training

    Goal Setting

    Why set goals? Goal setting is important to get the best out of yourself. Achieving progress is very difficult within having a goal to look towards. By setting a goal, you create accountability to work towards the task. It is useful to help get you started and to overcome procrastination. Having a goal provides a way to measure your progress. Goals can come in all shapes and sizes and are key to enabling us to endure. A classic example for me was completing university. The focus was on getting to the end of each year, to chip away at the four-year degree. Before I knew it, I’d achieved my degree.…