• 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…

  • Training

    Rules of Engagement (Training)

    Setting a Goal Determining what your goal is for being active, can play a fundamental role in you achieving what you set out to do. Aimlessly training is one way to lose the enthusiasm to get off the couch and be active. However, by having a goal it gives you a why for those times when you may not feel like training, or when a session challenges you. Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you. – Unknown –  Select the Right Intensity Once we have a goal we are working towards, there can then be a tendency to smash yourself. You work harder…

  • Race reports

    Taupo 70.3 Race Report

    A week after western Sydney 70.3 I was getting excited by the prospect of racing at Taupo the following week. A fever on Sunday just 6 days out started to change that. I was still hopeful to recover but as the days evaporated, and only 2 sleeps till race day, I was fearful about even being able to finish let alone race. Thank God my stomach somewhat settled on the penultimate race day. A diet of New Zealand honey (yum!) and bread was all I dared eat, different to my normal carb load. I tried to not overdo it on the food, else it brings on the discomfort I’d been…

  • 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…

  • Think of an imaginary wall you are trying to drag your elbows along as you reach up.
    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…

  • Ready to race
    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…

  • Sleeping is the best way to recover
    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…

  • 2nd in AG at Nepean Triathlon
    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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