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Stuart Marais Salomon Featherbed Trail run

10 Top multisport lessons to raise your game

One of South Africa’s top multisporters, Stuart Marais, has plenty of experience in a number of different disciplines.

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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 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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Do you need a coach?

Is getting a coach for you? How will a coach help? The Myth Only the pros need coaching The Reality You do not need to be a pro athlete to have a coach. In fact, there is probably more need for the non-pro to have a coach, than the pro! The Dilemma Over-training, under-training, peaking and injuries – bumps that become hurdles that become walls in any athlete’s running career Let’s look at a runner’s […]

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Why warm up and cool down?

If you don’t do either, you are definitely not alone.
A large majority of people don’t consider the warm up or cool as necessary in their exercise regimes. But you should, and this article will give you four very good reasons. This scenario may be familiar: You arrive at the venue, have a cup of coffee, quickly do a few stretches, run to the bathroom, and wait nervously for the start gun. Now the race has started, your breathing has become rapid, and you feel a little off, struggling to run efficiently. You may feel your groove is gone.

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Bladder problems Haematuria

What if your pee turns pink?

Have you ever come back from a great training session or even a race, went to the bathroom and noticed the colour of your urine was distinctly pink or red? You know you didn’t eat beetroot either! If so, did your heart skip a few beats? I know my heart did. Good news is you are not alone. This condition is known as Haematuria. I’ve experienced it very seldom in all my years of duathlon […]

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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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Trekking in adventure racing

Trekking is the decider in adventure racing

Trekking is one of adventure racing’s foundation disciplines and arguably is the one that should be given the highest respect. Strengthening your feet, doing the endurance training for the demands of trekking and developing strong navigation skills are key to successful trekking – whether the stage takes two or 36 hours. All three elements should be trained and trained again. As adventure racing legend Ian Adamson says in his book, Runner’s World Guide to Adventure […]

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You do not need ALL of it when you take a quick run or cycle.

Getting out the door takes longer now

Have you noticed how getting out the front door takes longer now than when you started your fitness journey all those years ago?   You probably did your first few runs and rides wearing nothing more elaborate than a t-shirt, running shorts, old potty-style helmet and running shoes. It took you five minutes flat to get from birthday suit to fully kitted and standing outside your door. Now, it takes you 30 minutes and here’s […]

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How to trail run in wet and dry

So there you are, innocently minding your own business and enjoying your weekend trail run with some friends. You reach a steep downhill section of singletrack that is still sodden after the rain yesterday. As you step on what looks like a firm patch, your foot slips from under you and you crash down heavily on your side, sliding down the path at hyper-speed and coming to a sudden, jolting stop against a very prickly […]

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