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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. Based on the studies of Dr John Mandrola, it targets athletes who compete in endurance sports like cycling, triathlon, running races of all distances, and cross-country skiing and highlights the dangers of overtraining.

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Henri Schoeman after the Rio Olympics

In March 2011, Henri Schoeman shattered his right collarbone in a mountain biking accident. “I was forced to start working on the basics again. I used the time to strengthen the muscles in my lower legs. The results started showing when I began running again. It may have disrupted my 2011 season… but it was a blessing in disguise.” Fast forward to August 2016, and Henri finds himself on the Olympic triathlon podium, a bronze […]

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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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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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Multisport news 3 Nov – 9 Nov 2015

Seven Days of Multisport This week we look at an Elite invitational triathlon, keeping the rubber side down at Wine 2 Whales, protein enigmas and how a coach might help you on your multisport journey. TRIATHLON 6, 7, 8 November 2015 Island House Triathlon – Highbourne Cay, Bahamas This past weekend Richard Murray took second place and a pay cheque of $45 000 at the Invitational Island House Triathlon (IHT).  IHT is an Elite invitational event […]

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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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Multisport News 26 Oct – 2 Nov 2015

Seven Days of Multisport This week we look to the 5150 Ekurhuleni African Champs, Soweto Marathon, then jet to the New York Marathon and the 20th XTERRA World Champs and an induction into the Hall of Fame for one of South Africa’s favourite multisport athletes. Triathlon 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships Sun 1 Nov 2015. The 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championships, part of the Ironman franchise, was held in and around Germiston lake. The race consists of a […]

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Marais and Edwards clinch IRONMAN 70.3 Durban

A dominant display by South Africa’s Stuart Marais put daylight between himself and the chasers while, in the ladies race, Parys Edwards of Great Britain toiled hard as the pair were crowed inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban champions on a warm day in Durban. WATCH: A seven minute highlights package of the event. The pre-race favourite, Stuart Marais, lived up to his billing but didn’t lead out of the swim, exiting the water in […]

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I’m here to compete: Donovan van Gelder

Hi, my name is Donovan and I like to compete. This unsubtle statement is completely intentional. I believe that Alcoholics Anonymous meetings start with this introduction and acknowledgement of an addiction. I may have it wrong, all I know about this I have learned from that window on the world, the television. The reason I chose to begin with that was because I find, more and more, that competition is something that people are embarrassed […]

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The IronCowboy: 50 IRONMAN, 50 states, 50 days

For most people, the thought of completing just one IRONMAN triathlon is a daunting one. Now imagine doing 50 of them, in all 50 states of the USA, in 50 days! On 6 June, James Lawrence dubbed the “IronCowboy” after he completed a marathon in a patterned cowboy hat, began a quest to complete this seemingly impossible feat. The stunt, which began in Hawaii, had many sceptical at first, not least because of the physical […]

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