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The Haywire Haeart, overtraining, heart problems, endurance athletes

The Haywire Heart: how too much exercise can kill you

This article is an excerpt from The Haywire Heart, the first book to explore heart conditions in athletes.

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Sbonelo Khwela, 2017 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddling

Ten minutes with Sbonelo Khwela

Sbonelo Khwela is a product of the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy. Rising out of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, he has worked his way up to being one of South Africa’s leading paddlers. After four Non-Stop Dusi titles in a K2, his wife finally convinced him to make the change to a K1 in 2015. It wasn’t long until he saw the reward of his decision, and just a year later became the first black man to take the Non-Stop Dusi title.

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Obstacle course racing, Greg Avierinos, running, strength

OCR training: how to find the balance between strength and running

If you’ve been bitten by the obstacle course racing (OCR) bug, you’ll know that to enter a series like the Warrior Race competitively, you need to be able to trail run for anything from 15-21km, and have the strength to overcome 30 demanding obstacles in betwee

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hydration, Sbonelo Khwela, Dusi Canoe Marathon

Smart hydration for endurance athletes

“How much is enough?” Hydration is an issue that every athlete has faced leading up to an endurance event.

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climbing tips, Cape Cycle Tour, Clint Hendricks, cycling

Survive the six toughest Cape Cycle Tour climbs

You may experience tummy flutters at the thought of taking on the Cape Cycle Tour climbs, and likely to have heard horror stories depicting how steep they are. Whatever your experience of the event, these key climbing tips from 2016 Cape Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks are sure to set you up for a more successful (and faster) Cycle Tour. Rather than listen to whispers of doom and gloom in the spinning class, it’s all about prioritising the […]

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Team Keyhealth Jabberwock on the moonscapes of Ladakh. Photo Terence Vrugtman/adventurelife.co.za

Getting High in India

Ruan van der Merwe was thrown in the deep end at India’s first-ever adventure race: the Himalayan Challenge. With team Keyhealth Jabberwock, he battled altitude, inexperienced organisers, and some hardcore local teams for an excellent result. Since this was the first adventure race held in India, all competitors were all in for a huge learning curve.

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Belgian cycling inspiration

In 2013 I undertook a short cycling trip to Belgium which refreshed memories from 30 years back when I was a young, ambitious rider. Cycling in SA in the early 1980s was a relatively isolated affair compared to today’s global village (TV, cellphone, wi-fi, Skype) and the improved opportunities the new generation of young cyclists have. Growing up in the apartheid days, we were prevented from free movement abroad and could not compete internationally. Die […]

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Underwater freestyle kicking

It’s all about the kick

I ask myself the question constantly: “What do I know about triathlons and endurance events?” I’ve been doing them for close to 20 years and before that, I ran at an elite level. In multisport I’ve competed as an elite in 10 world champs, numerous points race, and in total close to 40 major international races around the globe. Yet, I ask myself the question above repeatedly. I see so many triathletes training in the […]

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Should I follow the Caveman Diet?

A diet of berries, roots, nuts and the occasional hapless creature. Would you try it and would it make your life better? asks Durban-based dietitian Keri Strachan. Should we revert to the hunter-gatherer ‘Caveman’ diets of our ancient ancestors? Will it curtail the modern epidemics of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease? Considering how our modern day diet has changed in the last 10,000 years this may seem a good idea. But how practical will […]

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The roller-coaster ride of a multisport athlete

The highs and lows in a multisport athlete’s life and training are comparable to a roller-coaster: up-down, fast-slow. We all have that moment: we question our training our goals and possibly at times the point of going for the run, cycle or swim session. We find an excuse, justify not doing it for some reason or flat out feel we don’t have the energy. This is a normal problem. Unless you are taking something that […]

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