• Race reports

    Western Sydney 70.3 Race Report

    Western Sydney 70.3 last year was my first step up to a long course triathlon. So I was quite excited to race again having an idea about what to expect. Getting to the race venue with plenty of time to set up making transition a very relaxed affair. However, after spending 30mins lining up for the loo most of my ‘spare’ time evaporated. I helped put up the club tent and then realised with some shock that my wave was about to start in less than 5mins and I still hadn’t put my wetsuit on! No time for lube or anything, it was a mad rush to get it on…

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    Strength and Conditioning,  Training

    Improve your swim without swimming

    To improve your swimming there to parts to the formula; fitness + technique. Swim fitness is built by spending more time swimming. But the technique isn’t so easy to improve. Professional swimmers constantly work under the watchful eye of a coach on refining and improving technique. But if you have poor mobility, it’s very difficult to improve your technique as you just don’t have the range of motion to get into the correction position to be efficient. This is something I constantly battle with, as for work I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Here are 6 stretches to improve your swimming on while out of the…

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    Race reports

    Hills Sprint Triathlon Race Report

    It’s been a while since a did a sprint race, and with only 2 weeks out from my 70.3 I thought it would provide a nice little tune-up. I wasn’t feeling great though having just recovered from a cold, a little lethargic is probably the best way to describe. I really want to go under an hour for a sprint distance, but the conditions were windy, so I wasn’t very hopeful. In fact, I was mentally preparing to go easy if there were any signs from my body that it wasn’t coping, so not a great way to be thinking about chasing a PB. But that wasn’t my goal for…

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    Recovery

    Is being sick all bad?

    Look at the positives of sickness  Getting sick can feel like the worst thing when you’ve been training hard. It feels like all the great progress you’ve made instantly disappears in one or two days while you sulk about with congestion, headaches, aches and pains. Thinking it’ll take months to get back to the fitness levels you were before being sick, it can feel like a sense of helplessness. But there are always two sides to look at anything. For example, being positive with training; Looking at the upsides of sickness can help to get through the challenging period a little less stressful. Sickness provides well-needed rest. Training is about…

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    Race reports

    Nepean Race Report

    My headspace in the lead up to Nepean triathlon was full of doubt. I’d also pulled out of two races as my hamstring has been causing me some issues. I’ve reduced my run volume and doing any speed work, and it worried me it might really flare up during the run leg of the triathlon. 2 nights prior to the race I wasn’t sure if I could race at all, as my body ached all over, it was like I had a fever (just minus the temp). Thankfully, the night before the race I was feeling much better and although tired, very relaxed about the coming race. James and I…

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    Training

    Basics to keep improving cycling FTP

    Ride frequently It’s quite simple, spending more time cycling will improve your FTP. Increase your current riding volume by 10-15% will see some good gains. Allowing time in your week for a long aerobic ride is very important. It helps to build and maintain the base for all the quality work you do. Generally the longer the ride the better, but keep in mind the distance in which you are preparing for. There’s no real need to do 5-6hr rides if training for a sprint triathlon. Also, for a time-crunched athlete spending 4-5hrs on a long ride might give some great gains, but not at the expense of missing a…

  • Training

    Learning to Swim Better

    Swimming beginnings My dad taught me to swim around the age of 5 in my grandparents’ pool. As a kid and even a teenager I swam regularly but not for fitness, it was to stay cool and for fun! So I’ve always been pretty comfortable in the water, which is often the greatest struggle people face when learning to swim. But it wasn’t until my 30s and starting triathlon that I started to train to swim better.  I thought I was relatively fit when I started to swim, but I was completely out of breath after my first 50m! I couldn’t believe how hard it was to actually swim a…

  • Recovery

    Importance of sleep

    Sleep promotes the building of muscle, strength, and endurance. It is critical to recovery and should be made a priority if you want to get your best results. Although I know these facts, I still really struggle in the sleep department to go to bed when I should! I bring this topic up, as of late its been something I’ve really been struggling with to get on top of. As an age grouper triathlete with a family, I like to have some downtime that’s not training, working or getting the kids sorted. I have a natural tendency to stay up and so I find myself digging a hole for myself…

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