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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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Is your training intensity high enough?

We can determine the answer by asking three telling questions: How many kilometres of running, cycling or swimming did you log this week? What was your time on your feet for your running sessions? (Coaches like to call that TOF). What was your average and maximum intensity for each session? Chances are that you will be able to answer the first two easily enough, but you might come unstuck on the third question. The three […]

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Is your training a form of slavery?

“Train like a slave, race like a king.” These words dropped from the pages of a magazine article with all the grace of a crashing downhill skier. The pearl of wisdom is attributed to a South Africa former pro cyclist, whom I shall refer to as a fearsome rodent of Irish heritage, aka Anon O’ Mouse. I picked the pearls up, wrapped them in a brown paper bag and handed them over to my Acimom […]

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Top 10 training tips for endurance events

These top 10 training tips will be of great use to you for any endurance event you’re training for in the the next few weeks. It will be especially useful if you’re tackling long endurance challenges like ultra trail runs, multi-day mountain bike, road cycling, and paddling events. If you’re at this level, you should already have our taper programme, but it never hurts to have a few tried and tested tips in the last […]

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TomTom strapless Runner Cardio GPS / HRM

TomTom launched the strapless Runner Cardio GPS sport watch with cutting-edge heart rate technology in South Africa on Thursday 14 August. The Runner Cardio has a built-in heart rate monitor, eliminating the need for a separate chest strap. The media were invited to a morning of experiencing the new unit. After a screening of the cheeky The Joy of Strapless Running video, we got to put our hearts through their paces on stationary bikes, while […]

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Tips to tackle multi-stage races

The art and dynamics of stage racing seeks to bring out each participant’s true colours. It takes athletes back to the days of survival, the days of the hunter-gatherers. Each morning hunters gather in pairs to take on the morning’s hunt. It’s the challenge to beat your opponents, to wrestle and overpower your own psyche and prove to yourself it can be done! What follows a successful hunt is a gathering of battered bodies and […]

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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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What to Think About During Exercise

by Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why not read fun stuff on the Internet instead? Well, other than the fantastic health benefits, exercise is a wonderful time […]

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Faster bike performance in the gym?

Coming from a running background, where weight training has been shown to improve running economy, boost lactate threshold and decrease injury incidence, I automatically think that every other sport can also benefit from time in the weight room. However, entering the cycling arena, I have found that some cycling coaches and scientists are far from convinced that weights produce faster bike performance. Checking out the literature for myself, it is full of opposing view points. […]

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