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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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Become a triathlete this winter

Winter is typically a time when most sporting activities shift into reverse gear and play second fiddle to the TV and X-box.  But you don’t have to roll over so easily! For serious athletes, winter is when the hard work is done: thousands of kilometres on the bike and lap upon lap of a heated pool, not to mention several pairs of running shoes worn out. If you are new to the multisport tribe and have decided to take […]

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Crewdson Non-Stop Wartrail 2015

Non-Stop Wartrail Cocktail Recipe

Jess Crewdson and her father, Chris, participated in the 65km Skyrun, 130 km mountain bike, 65km canoe paddle Non-Stop Wartrail together on 22 and 23 March. This is Jess’s recipe for success. A classic twist from the original staged, three day event. Wartrail… but on steroids. No dossing. No comforts. Just non-stop epic-ness! Guaranteed to provide you with tons of war stories and blow your dinner guests’ minds at your next quaint cocktail party. Prep […]

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Smash Your First Sprint Triathlon

I firmly believe that anybody can do a triathlon, even if you haven’t worked out in years. All it takes is patience, willpower, squeezing some training into your lifestyle and a touch of insanity. How difficult is that? Once you align these equally important elements, the training will come easily. First up you just need to start training. The key to this is simply scheduling it into your day. Set aside a certain time of […]

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3 Training Mistakes You Must Avoid

Hi everyone! We’re human, we all make mistakes. However, by avoiding the three very common training blunders I’m going to share with you, you will: improve your performance, get fitter and faster in less time, avoid injury and get far more satisfaction from being fit and feeling in control of your life. I’m sure you’ll agree those are great results! So, here are the big bad Three Mistakes of Training… 1. Inconsistency I realise it […]

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Seven Vital Things You Must Do To Taper For Your Best Event Yet

One of the fundamental aspects of your race preparation is tapering your training to peak on race day. Athletes use the term peaking to describe being in the absolute best condition (physically, emotionally and mentally) at a specific time for an event. Peaking is not always easy to perfect and requires experience and planning. This article could save you costly errors and disappointment. Pro triathlete and Olympian Kate Roberts has learned the science of peaking […]

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The Speed vs Strength Debate

How do I answer the elusive question of upper versus lower body strength? I am no scientist or sports physicist, nor do I claim to be. The following is based purely on personal experience and opinions from various professionals in the field. An average triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim / 40km bike / 10km run. Broken up into time, you have a 25min swim, 1h20min bike and 40min run. The time spent on the […]

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Must-Know Wetsuit Buying Tips

Buying your first wetsuit can be a daunting prospect. We quiz one of South Africa’s top ITU triathletes, Richard Murray, on what you should be looking out for when making this important purchase. A wetsuit not only keeps you warm during colder swims, it also gives you buoyancy, which aids your speed. “Besides providing buoyancy, a wetsuit controls body temperature and improves efficiency in the water,” says Richard. “This contributes to a faster swim split […]

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The Light Side Of A Pro Triathlete

When I first got into triathlon, I used to watch Ironman and ITU races on TV and wonder what life was like for those athletes. I believed that professional triathletes just drank coffee, went to photo shoots and were flooded with constant offers of chique new gear. Who wouldn’t think how awesome it would be to be able to train every single day, race in amazing locations around the world and have sponsor logos plastered […]

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Interview With Precedent-Setting Triathlete Pieter Du Preez

Pieter Du Preez (Supa Piet) recently became the world’s first quadriplegic athlete to complete a Ironman 70.3 event. We interviewed Piet and his wife Illse back in 2010 where he mentioned his goal of completing a half Ironman one day. Wheels of Life was orginally published in the July/August 2010 issue He went over the bonnet of a car, landed in ICU for over 40 days, was on a ventilator for 32 and lost his […]

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