• Training

    Training Solo

    Motivation and Interest Training alone can be hard, particularly when you’re used to the company of others. With coronavirus (COVID-19) on the spread, it’s important that we work together to slow the spread, even if it is in isolation. With no races soon keeping some motivation can be hard. I already do most of my training alone, because of work and life obligations. So here are my top 5 tips to help keep up the motivation and interest while training solo. 5 Tips for Training Solo 1.    Go Somewhere New Variety is the spice of life, it’s true. Exploring somewhere new is a great way to forget about the…

  • Product Review

    First Impressions: ENVE Wheels

    I had high hopes for ENVE 7.8s and the SES disc, having read much information about the speed of the wheels. ENVE has been around for years and is well established within the professional cycling ranks. I’ve used several other carbon wheel brands and was keen to experience them for myself. In summary, they did not disappoint! Wheel Stiffness I purchased my wheels with the ENVEs carbon hubs, which have an optimise flange geometry, designed for reliability and to improve ride quality. I’m not the type of rider who is capable of dropping huge watt bombs. However, I still seem to push enough power to cause wheels to rub on…

  • Race reports

    Big Husky 2020 Race Report

    The Husky triathlon is a race I’d been looking forward to. It’s the last race I was focused on for this season and I was quite nervous about it. I was even a little fearful after hurting my achilles only 2 weeks prior to the event, wondering whether I could finish the run and if I did, would it be at my long-term determent? I had the best sleep (only woke twice through the night) I’ve had pre-race and was awakened by my alarm. Staying close to the transition was a bonus, as it made it reduced my stress getting all set up and ready for the day ahead. I…

  • Race Week,  Training

    The Basics of Tapering

    What is tapering? Taper – to reduce or diminish. Tapering is the process of shedding fatigue from heavy training loads to be fresh for race day. For endurance sports such as triathlon, this is important to a good performance. The tapering period will vary between athletes depending on the amount of fatigue that has been accumulated and is very individual. Tapering is about providing more opportunities to recover both mentally and physically. How do you taper? Remember that taper is about recovery, and during this phase, you are not trying to build fitness. I feel it’s best to maintain a similar routine, but reduce the volume of training. Sessions that…

  • Race reports

    Canberra Triathlon Race Report

    With less than a week to go till race day, they announced that the standard distance triathlon would become a duathlon because of water quality problems. 5km run, 40km bike, 10km run. My goal of trying to break 2 hours for the standard distance would have to wait for another time. I was confident of going under 2hrs now, and the new mini-goal became to ride 58:xx for the 40km bike leg. Staying within 5km from the race start I had a nice little ride with the sunrise for the backdrop. Often I’m a little stressed but this time I found it relaxing. I think the fact it was a…

  • Race reports

    Sun Run Aquathon Race Report

    It exciting to do my first race for 2020. The sun run aquathon is an event I’ve taken part in since its launch in 2018. I got to the event nice and early to give myself plenty of time to warm up, and before I knew it I was standing on the start line waiting for the gun to go off. Looking around, I saw two athletes (John and Keegan) in the Australian ITU AG triathlon suits. Mental note they are probably the main competition to monitor. Run Leg 1 Seconds before the gun went off this dude with no shirt barges past to get a couple steps (false start…

  • Training

    Ride Faster Easier

    Riding faster can be infectious. It is hard to articulate exactly what it is, but there’s something about flying along on two wheels, only powered by the human body. To keep getting faster though involves hard work. However, what if I said there were some ways to ride faster without said ‘hardness’. If that sounds good keep on reading. Ride for Enjoyment Don’t forget how much fun it can be riding. The wind, the burn in the legs, the stress release, it’s amazing where a bike can take you. Whether you enjoy long chats with mates, or just riding along in silence contemplating your own thoughts, being on a bike…

  • Training

    Triathlon Mistakes to Avoid

    There’s so much to focus on with the sport of triathlon that it can be very easy to get carried away. I’ve definitely been guilty of making a fair few mistakes on my triathlon journey. Here are some common mistakes to avoid. Neglecting Recovery Training stress our bodies, and its recovery that makes our bodies stronger. Not making sleep a priority greatly increases injury risk.Treat rest like a key workout day. Taking naps can be a great way to catch up on the necessary recovery needed when training for triathlon. It can be worth scheduling 15mins into each day to just find a quiet place to rest. Not making rest…

  • Running 5km at Parkrun
    Training

    Run 5km Faster

    Why Run a Fast 5km? Training for the 5km distance is something anyone can do. It’s time-efficient since there’s no need for super long-distance runs, rather shorter interval work is key. It’s a great distance for weight management and gaining fitness. To run a good 5km it’s about speed, strength and endurance combined. The distance is long enough for it to become very challenging, creating a great training stimulus to build your mental fortitude. But also short enough that when things get hard, you are well over halfway, and you can’t give up once you’ve gone that far. The best part of 5km? Assuming you warm down properly, you can…

  • Achieve your goals
    Training

    SMART Goal Setting

    Setting a Goal Defining a goal should always be the first step. Whether the goal is to finish a race, run 5km continuously, or even getting a job, using S.M.A.R.T. goals is a key factor to success. S.M.A.R.T goals stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Working through this process provides clarity around your goal. I’ll expand on the acronym. Specific What specifically do you want to achieve? The clearer and more well-defined your goal is, the greater the rate of success. Consider the five “W” questions: Who is involved in this goal? What do I want to accomplish? Where is this goal to be achieved? When do I want to achieve this goal? Why do…

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