Posts tagged Triathlon
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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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 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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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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How to Break the 1 Hour IRONMAN Swim Barrier

Here we break down what that formidable 1-hour IRONMAN swim looks like to help make the impossible become seemingly possible. For many people dipping below the hour is a fantastic accolade and will help you get out on the bike ahead of the madness that is the large group of athlete swimming just over one hour. Is it all to do with being a great swimmer, or is there more to it than that?

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Your First Step on Your IRONMAN Training Plan

This article takes you from your first week of an IRONMAN or long course training plan and settles you into the initial few weeks of training. Think of this article as your “first step” towards your end goal of completing an IRONMAN later this season!

The aim with this series of articles is to help you negotiate the highs and lows of IRONMAN training. 

Where to start? You've just signed up to your first IRONMAN. Now what?

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Triathlon Coaching or Physical Training?

Quite often I find it amusing when I meet people for the first time. After the initial question of "What is your name?", the follow up is always the tricky one to explain. "What do you do?". When you say "coach", immediately, your new acquaintance says: "Oh, a PT!" proudly as if they know what you do. Though both a professional coach and a professional PT work with people in a sports and leisure environment, the reality is they don't have as much in common than first appears. It like when someone says they work as Civil Engineer. To say they shovel tarmac is their job...is indirectly what they do, but it is a different role completely. Clearly, the athletes we work with do physical activity but as a result of what we do not as our purpose.

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How to Plan a Training Camp into your Routine

A lot of people choose to go to the warmer climates for training and as the days get colder, so what better season to consider when is the best time to go abroad and how to capitalise the benefits that 'fun in the sun' gives you. There are so many positive reasons to go away for some training, but the key point is to make sure you understand when you are going and what training effect you are trying to generate. Finally, you must ensure you use the time away effectively to come back stronger and ready to go to the next phase, not broken, fatigued and knackered. Read on to find out more.

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Elaine Garvican Race Report: Ironman World Championship 2017

The 2017 Ironman World Championships was my 3rd experience of racing on the Big Island. I qualified at Ironman Weymouth in September 2016, which gave Philip and I a little over a year to prepare. Thirteen months to dream, to plan and to train for just over 10 hours of swimming, biking and running. I went to Kona aiming at the age group podium and in the end, I fell slightly short. When I started to think about this race report, I was reminded of one a good friend of mine once wrote about a race at which he qualified for Kona whilst also not quite hitting several other goals. He entitled it “A Rather Glorious Failure” and in many ways this is how I feel about my 2017 World Champs race. 

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8 Reasons You Should Start Working with a Coach

There are times in your sport, your job or life where you turn to someone else with experience and knowledge to help you progress and develop. All too often we get far beyond that point in our lives before we actually ask for help and when we do, we look back at all the decisions we had subsequently made before seeking guidance and we ask ourselves: "Why did I wait so long?!". Here we explore some tell-tale signs that indicate that it is time for you to stop being self-coached or relying on "free" coaching from clubs and invest in yourself and start working with a coach in a more formal manner. 

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Should I take an Off Season?

As athletes we get to that time in the year when all races have been raced and we are in our 'off season'. However, for most of us we notice the only thing that changes is that we have said we are taking an off season. Is that change in approach sufficient? Or should we be more strict on taking time out? Here we discuss the benefits of taking time out and how an off-season can help you to peak higher than you have before.

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