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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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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 X-Berg Challenge 2017: run, mountain bike and paraglide

The annual X-Berg Challenge is a unique multi-day adventure race that took place in the Drakensberg from 2-4 March 2017.

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Team Sanlam Painted Wolf fourth at 2016 Adventure Racing World Series

  South Africa’s Team Sanlam Painted Wolf have placed fourth place in the stacked ARWS – Adventure Racing World Series after a gruelling 627km! They crossed the finish line in fourth place just before 8am on Monday, producing the best result for a South African team. The team, which consists of Knysna brothers and business owners Mark Collins (47) and John Collins (42), Cape Town paediatrician Dr Andre Gie (34) and Stellenbosch engineer Robyn Owen […]

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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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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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The North Face Ultra Endurance shoes

You’ll tear up the trails (not your shoes) with the lightweight protection with the Ultra Endurance: a versatile trail running shoe that delivers a stable ride and unparalleled traction.

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First Ascent Speed Tri Suit review

Who needs a tri suit anyway? If you’re a triathlete, you’ll know that comfort is key, especially your apparel. Your tri suit has to fit snugly enough so it won’t fall off and embarrass you as you make your swim exit, but also not be so tight that it restricts your breathing. It’s no secret that good gear makes you feel better and more athletic than ill-fitting, poorly-made apparel. First Ascent has a sizing chart, […]

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