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How I like to explain a clients progression journey through the sport of Triathlon is like crossing a bridge.  At the start the bridge is wide, there is a low chance of falling off or falling down. Otherwise put; when a person first starts off in the sport of Triathlon there is a lot of easy wins and potential to get fast improvements. For at least 2-3 years simply by following a structured training program, working on glaring weaknesses and being consistent, will ensure that athlete improves. Because of the relatively low training volumes, a beginner can recover easily between...

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It is fair to say that often the country you are born into, will dramatically affect your chances of being successful at a specific sport. Aside from the physical attributes that may be characteristic of specific ethnic groups, or the geographical locations, such as requiring mountains or snow, or coastal waters or large lakes in the example of sailing, perhaps the most important factor driving long term and multigenerational success is cultural factors.Perhaps the most obvious example of this fact in endurance sport is that of the Kenyan running dominance. What few people know is that the bulk of the best Kenyan...

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One of the biggest problems in open water swimming and triathlon event is exiting the water disorientated. This article covers two quick tips to prevent this from happening: Swim with earplugs. As all races require a cap to swim, you can simply solve this problem with earplugs By ‘hearing’ the water. If earplugs don’t work for you you can simply make sure your cap is above your ears. When the water enters your eardrum it will self balance you as the swimmer The key things to avoid are: Getting water stuck in your cap Breathing on one side only Regardless...

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One of the frequent questions asked by new athletes is, “should I breathe out through the mouth or nose?”

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Over my 25 years of observing, racing and coaching athletes for Triathlon, without a doubt the taper phase is the highest risk phase of and buildup. Let’s go through some of the reasons why.Training is being cut back from the highs of your biggest training weeks. This leaves athletes in a state of being aloof and not fully present. There has been so much focus gone into potentially the last 10-16 weeks that when the pressure of nailing sessions is taken away, so does some of the focus. Due to this, it is very common that athletes have falls off...

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