Random Thoughts on Training

Consistency is the secret of success - "Consistency maketh the athlete" - If you can't be consistent over a week then be consistent over a two week block. Remember, little and often is better than training erratically with one or two weeks on and one or two weeks off....

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PACING A TRIATHLON BIKE LEG WITH POWER

Warning – this article is quite long! However, it really is worth reading all the way through if you’re interested in power meter pacing for triathlon. This a simple summary. If you’re further interested in the subject, I’d highly recommend the book ‘Triathlon 2.0’ by...

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What is your Critical Swimming Speed (CSS)?

Why bother with CSS? The main purpose for finding what your Critical Swim Speed is to be able to tailor your training sessions, so that you can maintain a consistent and moderately fast pace over long distance events. Done correctly you will be mixing good efficient...

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Power Meters

If you’re serious about improving your cycling – and you have a chunk of cash you don’t mind spending – a power meter is just about the best investment you can buy. Once the preserve of the professional athlete, competition in the market has reduced prices so that...

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FLU AND RECOVERY

Never having flu before I was completing taken by surprise at how severe it hit my whole body. After being in bed with no appetite for nine days and nights I finally began to feel much better. I lost eight pounds which was mostly muscle and I was told by numerous...

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STRETCHING AND STRENGTHENING

  As you may know, I have been unable to run for anything over a couple of miles for a few months now. It has taken a long time to fully understand the cause but it looks like it has been the result of a considerable number of miles on the bike with not enough...

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HOW TO KEEP MOTIVATED

First of all, everyone at some time or other will struggle with feeling motivated, so don’t think it’s just you. Over the many years of training I have noticed that the following factors have helped to keep me motivated: Getting enough sleep is the most important one...

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CAN YOU DO AN IRONMAN?

Before you answer this question you will need to consider and reflect on the following: EXCITED AND COMMITTED – Close your eyes and imagine yourself crossing the Ironman finishing line on the 15th July 2018. Do you feel excited as you receive your medal? If so, can...

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TEN THINGS YOU MUST DO AFTER THE IRONMAN

Once you have crossed the finishing line, received your medal, had your chip removed make your way to the tent to eat and drink whatever you can. Keep walking around and get a massage from one of the many volunteers. Celebrate with your family and closest friends, who...

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