The Coach-Athlete Relationship

Here coach Diogo discussed very openly how a coaching relationship is a relationship based on trust and communication. All too often we base our opinion of coaching and coaches on what they know (and this is important) but don’t forget that you need to connect and build that relationship as well – when that happens, the performance magic happens!

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What to look for when buying your first bike for triathlon

A new client asked for help her buy her first bike to use in her first triathlon. Her goal is to eventually complete a half IRONMAN, but she is currently inexperienced at cycling and feels overwhelmed with all the options out there. Whilst we cannot make the final decision for her (ultimately it's her money, and her decision), We can help her make sense of the information she sees. Perhaps this could help you too…?

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Summer Holidays...the Achilles heel for triathletes balancing life and training?

As an athlete nears or enters race season, it also suddenly becomes the holiday season! So as to avoid becoming a total holiday bore, coach Soraya explores how to (subtly) continue with your training without letting your friends or family realise deep down the sweat isn’t pouring off your head because of the beautiful sunny location, but rather you are thinking how hard it will be to join in with swim squad again when you return!

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Well, I finished my big race…now what?

What should you do after your main race and when should you decide on what to do are some of the most common questions people have around racing and the aftermath. Here Coach Diogo discusses how to work through the impulsive purchase of a race entry when standing on the finish line of your most recent event and how to learn from a mistake he made early in his racing career.

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Coach Soraya – My first IRONMAN and 12 tips to make yours successful too!

Coach Soraya joined us in 2019 for and it happened to coincide with her first attempt at an IRONMAN. She had chosen the famous IRONMAN Austria to be her first attempt at toe-ing the line and describes below her experiences and we can see how her passion and emotions run through her race experience and it is very clear we will see her doing a few more IRONMAN distance races in the not too distant future! Furthermore, she has kindly provided us with her twelve top tips which she wishes she had know before starting!

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How to prepare for your first National Representation

Representing your country at an age group or elite level in an international event is a real honour and achievement in it’s own right. It helps us race for something bigger than ourselves and the levels of camaraderie are second to none. However, with a representation, comes significantly higher pressure, expectation and harder racing. There are a few good rules to follow to help you get the most out of your exciting race without being overwhelmed by the experience and as a result, you will get so much more out your event than those who don’t follow these rules.

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Nutrition for Injury Recovery

Being injured is extremely frustrating. Not only does it stop you from doing what you love but also sets you back in your training. Knowing what to do nutritionally in the initial period can limit recovery time and influence the quality of repair. Here, Helen Money helps guide you on how to ensure a quick return to the sporting arena from a nutritional point of view.

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The Excuse of "It was Tough"

Endurance athletes train to succeed, not when everything goes perfectly, but rather when things aren’t! Below, we explore the how some athletes simply weren’t psychologically ready to take on a competition and how we can learn from it to ensure we build for the next experience.

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How to Recover after your First Race

For someone new to racing, everything goes into planning for your big day but very little consideration is given to the hours or days after the event (except perhaps which food or drink you want to ‘smash’ on the finish line...!). Without introducing too strict a regime, some small considerations can be really helpful to get you back moving in good time to make the Monday morning coffee conversation about how well you are doing after such a big endurance feat!

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How to get the most from open water swimming

As the seasons begin to change, we start to see open water venues open once again and this usually indicates to triathletes that race season is now just around the corner and they begin to ditch the busy pool and flock to the open water in their droves! In this blog we look at how important open water swimming practice is and how to incorporate open water swimming into your schedule most effectively.

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