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Start adventure racing

Adventure racing is the ultimate race of human endurance. Teams of four athletes race non-stop, day and night, through courses up to 800km in length.

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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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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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The Fats You Should Be Eating

People generally form their opinions from what they read or what they are told. Indeed, we were told twenty years ago that healthy food should always be low in fat. This theme ran concurrently with the revolution of aerobics and the exercise craze. Jane Fonda was Queen, sun tans were in and low-fat was gospel. Despite a huge reduction of fat intake, though, have you ever wondered why Western society is becoming more obese? Obesity […]

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New Tim Noakes book unmasks overhydration

Noakes book dives into pool of overhydration From Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports, due for release in late July 2012 Foreword by Amby Burfoot Former editor of Runner’s World Tim Noakes doesn’t do anything halfheartedly. In his youth, he ran marathons and ultramarathons and had many finishes in South Africa’s two most famous races: the 36-mile Two Oceans and the 54-mile Comrades ultramarathons.

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Start canoeing

what makes canoeing cool? Our friends are how most of us got into paddling. You know, the gentle, patient – very patient – variety.

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Paddling tip

Paddling tip Before hitting the water in a borrowed boat, always get into the cockpit and sit as you would while steering the boat. Ensure your seat is the correct distance from your pedals. Adjust with the wingnut in the centre of the seat if necessary.

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Start triathlon

what makes triathlon cool? Being challenged by one sport is not enough for triathletes. They take on three – on the same day – with just a quick transition between the three. Traditionally, triathlon (swim/bike/run) happens in the warm months, and duathlon (run/bike/run) in winter. Winter triathlons allow the tri-animals on the warmer eastern board of South Africa to race throughout the year.

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Start mountain biking

what makes mountain biking cool? It’s called mountain biking for good reason. The outdoors. Huge mountains tower above you. Crisp air. Rocky paths, steep up and downhill gradients. Scary dropoffs. You get the picture. Just because you own a mountain bike doesn’t make you a mountain biker.

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Start offroad triathlon

what makes offroad triathlon cool? It’s away from the traffic and out of the city! Clean air. Nature in all her glory. Offroad triathlon involves a lake or dam swim, a mountain bike and then a trail run. A classic example is the XTERRA format, franchised worldwide after starting in Hawaii in the 90s.

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