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Entries in Training (10)

Saturday
May112013

Some thoughts on coaches (12.05.13)

Is it unusual that I have more than one coach? I work with David Tilbury-Davis from PhysFarm Training who oversees my triathlon training as a whole, and devises my bike and swim programmes; I work with Tim Armstrong who works with me specifically on the development of my running; I take physiology advice and guidance from St Mary's (University, Twickenham) and Jon Goodwin with regards to my strength and conditioning work; and recently I've just come back from Sedona where I was working with Darren Smith - mostly on my swimming. Does it sound complicated? It's not really....

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Tuesday
Mar122013

Out of the Rookie Ranks? (13.03.13)

How long do you think that you stay a rookie for? Or a rookie pro for that matter? I did my first IM in Germany in 2010, and now I have an 'almighty' 5 (yes, five) full long distance Ironman races and 4x 70.3 distances under my elasticated number belt.

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Thursday
Jan102013

10 Turbo-Trainer Tactics (11.01.13)

It's all in the title really. Sometimes, just sometimes, doing sessions on the turbo trainer can be a challenge. It's not necessarily physically difficult but often more of a mental battle just to keep turning the pedals and stay sitting on the bike. Happy place the turbo space.... so here are my tips for having a good session on the indoor trainer.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Frankfurt & Beyond (31.07.12)

I've had some down time since Frankfurt and have been dilligent with some high quality recovery. Mostly this involves eating well, sleeping well and not getting too carried away trying to do all the things that you put on the back burner during the build up to the race!

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Monday
Jun112012

Between Texas & 70.3 UK (11.06.12)

And POW! Back into training! Springboarding out of recovery from IM Texas and back into training for 70.3 UK and IM Frankfurt. No rest for the wicked.... In a couple of days time I'm going to head down to Exmoor National Park and go through my final preparations for 70.3 UK this weekend. British weather being what it is, I'll be packing pretty much every bit of kit I own for every climatic eventuality, booties, hat, gloves, sunscreen and mackintosh, I'll be ready.

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Thursday
Feb232012

February Happenings (23.02.12)

Here we are, pancake day has been and gone and we are fast (sorry, no pun intended) heading for Easter. For me, January and February have been all about consistent training and solid sessions. This was all going wonderfully well until the weekend just gone, where we'd lined up to run a cheeky half marathon.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

10 Technical Corrections (19.10.11)

Firstly I need to explain that I’m a fighter. I don’t mean this in the sense of ‘not giving up’ or of the ninja variety (*see below), I mean that I look like I’m battling my way though the swim, bike and run, even though I might be doing quite an easy session or feeling quite relaxed. I look tense; I look like I’m using brute force to barge my way through the race. Although it does me ok (!) it’s not particularly efficient and my first 3 technical corrections relate to trying to “relax” more in each discipline.

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Thursday
May052011

Metric Iron Man (04.05.11)

Swim 2.4km, Bike 112km, Run 26km. Ironman numbers but in kilometres and not miles.... see what we did there? In the build up to your chosen full-on long distance triathlon, most of us will try and do a number of shorter preparation events to get ourselves race-ready. Sometimes however, this is just is not practical or possible and so there are a number of ways in which you can mock up your own event at a time and place that is convenient for you.

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