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The Speed vs Strength Debate

How do I answer the elusive question of upper versus lower body strength? I am no scientist or sports physicist, nor do I claim to be. The following is based purely on personal experience and opinions from various professionals in the field. An average triathlon consists of a 1.5km swim / 40km bike / 10km run. Broken up into time, you have a 25min swim, 1h20min bike and 40min run. The time spent on the […]

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First TriRock-Durban a great success

Durban, synonymous with great weather, played the role of perfect host by welcoming triathletes from around the country in the inaugural TriRock-Durban half iron distance triathlon held yesterday. Event organisers complimented all involved and thanked all athletes, volunteers and service providers for their efforts to pull off a major event within the confines of the city. Spectators were thrilled by the performances of the tenacious triathletes who completed the 1,9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km […]

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Gomez wins sprint decider at 2013 ITU World Championship to claim third title

In a furious finish sprint that was almost a carbon copy of 2012’s ITU World Championship, it came down to the wire in a battle between Spain’s Javier Gomez and Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee. Gomez’s fearsome killer kick propelled him ahead to hit the tape one second ahead of 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Brownlee, claiming his third World Championship men’s title in London. In the last 200m Brownlee initially broke away and looked like he […]

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History made by Briton Non Stanford at ITU World Championship

The 2013 ITU World Championship women’s title was claimed by Non Stanford of Great Britain in London yesterday. Stanford secured the overall final, and became the eighth athlete in 24 years to clinch a world title at home. Stanford said, “Being the World Champion, it’s crazy, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m just trying to take it in my stride, but when I get five minutes to reflect on it I will probably get […]

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Must-Know Wetsuit Buying Tips

Buying your first wetsuit can be a daunting prospect. We quiz one of South Africa’s top ITU triathletes, Richard Murray, on what you should be looking out for when making this important purchase. A wetsuit not only keeps you warm during colder swims, it also gives you buoyancy, which aids your speed. “Besides providing buoyancy, a wetsuit controls body temperature and improves efficiency in the water,” says Richard. “This contributes to a faster swim split […]

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Evidence That People Are Getting Too Soft

In Holland I learned the word watje. These are cotton wool balls. Nice, soft, fluffy balls of comforting wool. In cycling slang it referred to the guy who didn’t want to train in the wind or the rain and who stuck to the nice, smooth, flat roads. Are modern athletes getting soft? I present my evidence to support the rise in prevalence of the watje… Let’s start with heated pools… I have heard triathletes moaning […]

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Four Ways To Improve Your Surf Swim

Swimming in the sea is tough and requires a few different skill sets compared to pool swimming. Here are my four ways to improve your surf swim. Medley Swims Even though the majority of your surf swim racing is done freestyle, make sure you add backstroke, butterfly and breast stroke into your training programme. Developing all-round strength, capability and comfort in the water is key to a strong and confident open water swim. Race The […]

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SA’s Murray grabs fifth at ITU World Triathlon Series Yokohama

Thanks to the second fastest run split on the day, South Africa’s Richard Murray managed to get a top five placing at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday (11 May). This was a great result for Murray after battling up the field from 20th. Murray’s 10km run time of 29.39 was achieved despite twisting his ankle in training leading up to the race. Fellow South African Henri Schoeman (1:47.26) finished sixth. […]

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7 Reasons To Do Triathlon

Every year, I see more and more South Africans take up this wonderful sport and nothing pleases me more. People are motivated to do their first triathlon for many different reasons. Some would like to get in shape and improve their self-confidence, whilst others start triathlon to increase their social circles. Some relish the challenge of training for three completely different sports and do it to show others what is truly possible in life. From […]

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Schildknecht and Donavan reign at Spec-Savers IRONMAN South Africa 2013

Cast your mind back almost one year in Ironman South Africa history. All the talk then was about the torrid conditions creating one of the toughest but most memorable IRONMAN events ever experienced on the African continent and for many, anywhere in the world. This year, in stark contrast, Nelson Mandela Bay blessed athletes with near perfect conditions while spectators were enjoyed some scintillating racing as Switzerland’s Ronnie Schildknecht took it home in the men’s […]

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