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Dealing with Injury

August 5, 2019

Earlier in the year I touched on identifying the root cause of an injury, where I discussed some of potential contributing factors for an overuse injury in a triathlete. A key point of this article was that there will be no one factor for an overuse injury, but rather a culmination of many things that…

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Performance is Accumulative

July 7, 2019

It is not uncommon in endurance triathlon to have athletes go all in on their training for a 12 or maybe 16 week program in the lead up to their ‘A Race’. They put their life on hold for the 12 weeks, maybe take some leave from work, sweet talk their spouse into putting up…

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What’s better? Turbo or road?

June 26, 2019

Last week I had one of my athletes express concerns for the bike training at the moment because of an increased number of turbo sessions in their program of late. The question has inspired me to share some of the key benefits to training on a turbo in comparison to riding out on the road.…

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Triathletes – How do YOU move?

June 7, 2019

It is a commonly known fact that triathletes tend to by inflexible – I am referring to physical inflexibility here (although I accept that there are plenty – myself included – who are known to be inflexible in our mindset too, but that’s for a different day). Physiologically, we see the shortening of the hamstrings,…

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Triathlon – It’s not a swim, a bike, and a run

May 27, 2019

As a coach, I find it fascinating to speak with athletes who perceive the sport of triathlon as a swim, a bike and a run. They adopt this mindset when approaching their training and their racing, and I’ve gotta say – they’ve got it all wrong! Let me give you some context to this statement.…

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Identifying the ‘root cause’ of injury – part II

May 11, 2019

In the last blog post, I delved into the subject of injury in triathletes and had some really positive feedback. Thanks to everyone for their comments, and if you haven’t read my last post I’d highly recommend going back to that one (click here) before proceeding with this one as it provides some insight into…

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Identifying the ‘root cause’ of your injury…don’t blame the shoes!

April 25, 2019

Common Causes of Injuries in Triathletes I once heard Dr Paula Charlton (clinical Doctor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport) say that ‘once an athlete has sustained an injury, they will NEVER be the same again’. Scary thought huh? Now you’re probably thinking that everything heals with time, and you’re absolutely right. If…

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Rocks Vs Sand

April 14, 2019

There’s an age-old story that I vaguely recall first hearing about from a high school teacher many moons ago which seems to come to the front of my mind more and more frequently since I began coaching triathletes. The story goes like this…   ‘A teacher gave every student in the class a bucket and…

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Overcoming ‘unlucky’ bouts of sickness this winter

April 2, 2019

Last year I had the privilege of spending 10 days on campus at the Australian Institute of Sport watching and learning from some of Australia’s experts in sports science and coaching. One of the guest speakers in attendance was Jamie Turner, who has an impressive resume of athlete results to his name – including Gwen…

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Kona – A First Time Coaches Perspective

October 29, 2018

While this year was not my first time to the Big Island of Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships, it was my first time there as a coach. Although it may have been 5 years since I was last there, and although not much has changed there (aside from the relocation of Lava Java and…

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