SLATEMAN TRIATHLON 2015
So there it is, first triathlon of 2015 completed, its always a relief to get the first one out of the way, I find pre race nerves are always a little heightened, but soon as the start gun goes all that disappears and race auto pilot takes control.
What better place to kick things off than Llanberis, Snowdonia and the amazing Slateman triathlon. It really has a big race atmosphere, friendly feel, great competition and an awesome course. Over 1200 people took part in the race on Sunday, long may this continue.
The race is short and fast by my usual standards so pre race goals were short and sweet. A better swim, hold back a little on the bike and finish with a strong run. Last year I was 178th out of the water and finished 27th, I had to really hammer the bike for that, hence all the work on swimming through winter. Read more
CELTMAN TRAINING CAMP, TORRIDON
As I write this blog, we are just under 8 weeks out from the Celtman, the first main race of the season. The way I structure my training means I am currently deep into the build phase of my program. Race specific challenging workouts are the key during this phase, the previous months of training have all been keyed to get to this point ready for some serious work. I believe it is the next 3/4 weeks training, will ultimately make the difference on race day. It means a little more rest between sessions/blocks but we need this to get stronger. Luckily race specific for me means more time in the mountains, hills and lakes. Time for a trip to Torridon to test the fitness on the Celtman course, cant get more specific than that!
The forecast for the 4 day trip was not great but after the amazing weather of the last 2 weeks I decided it would be a good test and toughen me up a bit. During the 4 days we had everything from sunshine, snow, wind and rain. Very different to last year, it was back to full winter in the hills but at no point did the weather or conditions interfere with the quality of training. The weather gods played ball but still threw a few tests our way to keep us on our toes. Read more
MY FAST RECOVERY
Today I would like to tell you how important it is to listen to your body. A lot of people come to me and ask about their training programs and the only thing I can see is lack of regeneration and the trainings scheduled for the whole week! That’s the biggest mistake we could make. Whether you are an amateur or pro or secondary school athlete you need to have some REST!! Even with the hardest training every day you won’t achieve the same success as if you took a break and then come back with even more power. And so I did it too. Read more
WHINLATTER XTREME DUATHLON
After a winter of very successful training and hard work it felt great to be back racing again. Such an amazing race to kick off the season as well, loads of hills and a very technical course, another High Terrain Events masterpiece, it certainly lives up to its name and has to be the hardest (most fun?) of its type in the U.K. It was also my first multisport race since the Wasdale Triathlon way back in September, so I felt a little more nervous than usual standing on the start line. I knew the field had some great athletes racing this year so it would be a very good test of where the winters work had left me.
The format is 9km fell/mountain run, 25km MTB and 9km trail/fell to finish, with over 1600m of ascent/descent. The summits of Grisedale Pike, Seat How, Lords Seat and Barf are all visited on the runs.
H2O- CHEERS TO GOOD HEALTH!!!
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PROTEIN ABC- WHICH ONE TO GET?
Confusing world of protein especially for the beginners!
As you know proteins play crucial role in muscle development and it’s really difficult to provide enough amount of them to the muscles… To do that we try to eat a lot of high protein food like meat, fish, eggs, beans etc but in the end we all start looking for some alternatives to the real sources, something that will help us to build lean muscles, to speed up recovery process and metabolism… And that’s the moment when we start our journey into confusing world of protein powders…
When you go to the health store you’ll be amazed by the variety of products available there. A lot of Read more
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