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When taken in moderate amounts, caffeine results in improvements in alertness, endurance, speed, time-trial performance, increased time to fatigue, strength, reaction times and co-ordination. Not surprising then that it has been shown to improve performance across a wide range of sporting disciplines.  A 2017 study [1] even showed that individuals who consume greater amounts of daily caffeine demonstrated reduced sensitivity t...

When I recently attended La Trobe University’s ‘Running Symposium’ for health professionals,  I’ll admit my motivation for leaving my long weekend getaway early to attend on a cold, wet, windy Friday night was more than professional…

Richard Willy, a physical therapist and researcher from University of Montana, presented some interesting findings in his presentation titled “The Master Runner: Maintaining Durability”.

From a biom...

August 10, 2016

Want to maximise your training benefits and race faster with no extra effort? Want to train smart?

You train for countless hours, early in the morning and late at night for your upcoming race… Surely, you want to maximise the specificity of these training hours to ensure optimal performance come race day? One sure fire way to do this is to consider the course you’re training for and plan your training accordingly. Greater train...

June 10, 2016

This is the first of a series of articles exploring some of the aspects of performance not related to physical fitness or conditioning. We’ll look at how mental, psychological and neurological pathways can be triggered to improve performance in training and more importantly, on race day.

This article has been written in consultation with Mat Tippett; a lifetime athlete, former elite swimmer, former professional Triathlete, Coac...

May 10, 2016

Teeth will not help you to win a triathlon, but they can help you to lose one. If a tooth which constantly aches disturbs your preparation, or a tooth which is acutely sensitive each time you hydrate stops you hydrating, there is a good chance you will not perform at your peak.
 
A recent New Zealand study of elite triathletes set out to determine their oral health.  They found an above average decay rate and found that all at...

April 10, 2016

Swimming Mechanics – Reteaching the Freestyle Action

 
Swimming is largely a technical sport, and arguably the most technical of the three that triathletes have to master. Furthermore, when an athlete has poor stroke mechanics, the benefits of general fitness and training, strength work, wetsuits and swim squad will all be limited! When this is the case, the best results will come from reteaching the entire freestyle action, so...

March 10, 2016

Swimming Mechanics – Re-teaching the Freestyle Action

 
Swimming is largely a technical sport, and arguably the most technical of the three that triathletes have to master. Furthermore, when an athlete has poor stroke mechanics , the benefits of general fitness and training, strength work, wetsuits and swim squad will all be limited! When this is the case, the best results will come from reteaching the entire freestyle action,...

February 10, 2016

Swimming Mechanics – Reteaching the Freestyle Action

Swimming is largely a technical sport, and arguably the most technical of the three that triathletes have to master. Furthermore, the largest issues arise when poor mechanics are already present, which means that general fitness and training, strength work, wetsuits and swim squad will all be limited! The best results will come when reteaching the entire freestyle action, so...

January 10, 2016

Swimming Mechanics – Reteaching the Freestyle Action

Swimming is largely a technical sport, and arguably the most technical of the three that triathletes have to master. Furthermore, most issues arise when poor mechanics are already present, which means that the benefits of general fitness and training, strength work, wetsuits and swim squad will all be limited! The best results will come when reteaching the entire freestyle ac...

December 10, 2015

The ins and outs of preparing for the race start
 

You have spent several months preparing for this one event - many sacrifices have been made so the least you can do is capitalise on this and use the final 40-60 minutes of preparation time to maximise your performance!

An Ironman race start is hectic. In fact, most triathlon starts are! There are several hundred bodies trying to follow the same path, to get to the same place, a...

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