Posts tagged Philip Hatzis
How to prepare for your first National Representation Race

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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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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Specificity and Including Open water in your IRONMAN Training Plan

Keeping training on plan and IRONMAN specific as well as conquering the open water are two big considerations for IRONMAN athletes in their final block of training. Maintaining focus in training and overcoming a huge barrier to IRONMAN events (the open water swim) can prove problematic for some athletes. In this blog we' will try to guide you through these two areas of your preparation.

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Smashing the Sub 6 hour IRONMAN Bike

For many people, doing an IRONMAN is an effort in itself. Putting in a fast time is one step too far! However, for the rest, they want to nail a time as well as get round. The six hour bike split is a very worthy goal to have and for many people on their way to breaking 11 or 12 hours, breaking 6 hours on the bike is an important milestone. Here we discuss how to get below six hours and still run off the bike!

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How to Break 1 Hour 30 Mins in a Sprint Distance Race

Many of us look to try and improve our performance by breaking 1:30 at a sprint distance triathlon. This is something that a lot of people want to try and do and is by no means an easy feat. This is a wonderful milestone to achieve and there are many different ways you could approach this depending on your strengths and weaknesses. Here, we outline a way of breaking the race that you could use.

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Are you prioritising Specific Training?

Training for a triathlon can seem somewhat straightforward: swim, bike, run, eat, repeat. Race with friends and if your legs are sore, then you have had a good work out; if your arms are sore, then you have had a good workout and as long as your segments or your efforts seem to be going in a positive direction, you are fitter than you have ever been before, right? However, does all that equate to a great race result? This article explores the art of specificity and how you can ensure your training is geared to the race you have signed up for.

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Preparing to Suffer On Race Day

Racing a triathlon is tough. Yes, there are countless sayings: "winter miles, summer smiles", "train hard, race easy”, etc. etc. However, that isn’t really why we race, that describes why we train. We race for a variety of different reasons, some very personal to ourselves. This article helps you define what question you are asking yourself by racing and helps you get ready to answer it.

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Training Hard or Hardly Training?

In the triathlon world there is often kudos given for doing “more” training. It is thought to be hardcore to add an extra rep to your session, or if you do a little extra, than you have prepped yourself a bit better for your race. Social Training Apps reward big weeks or rank athletes based on miles completed or otherwise.

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Open Water Swim Session 1

Here is a quick set to consider doing before you next open water session – This is more than just trying to get as many loops done as you can!

The purpose of this session is to have awareness of different speeds while you are swimming. Throughout the whole session you will have to be sighting and you may even get the opportunity to settle into some drafting if you find another swimmer who is swimming at the right pace for you.

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