About Glenn Macnamara

Glenn is an elite triathlete who also loves running trails. He competes internationally and he has numerous top five finishes to his name. He coaches kids and adults. His love of writing is inspired by the sports he competes in.

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recovery, race recovery, endurance sport, stretching, mobility, cycling

Endurance race recovery – some valuable observations

It always fascinates me listening and watching our bodies recover from endurance events. There seems to be distinct differences in the abilities of athletes to recuperate from races. Usually elite athletes recover the quickest from these long and demanding exertions, and often show remarkable powers to perform soon after big races. Two athletes who spring to mind in this regard are Raynard Tissink and the late great Benny Vansteelant. I count myself very fortunate to have trained […]

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injury, overcoming injury, recovery, advice, rest, mental strengbth

Injury, the toughest race to win

Being injured is one of the most challenging forms of training an athlete can experience! No amount of training can prepare you for injury. From Glenn Macnamara’s experiences as a pro duathlete and professional coach, he believes injury is a required (if unwanted) part of every athlete’s life. He shares some valuable advice about taking the right approach to overcoming injury, not just physically but mentally.

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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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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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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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How Post-Exercise Alcohol Sets You Back

Cutting back or eliminating alcohol may help you more than you know. Picture the scene: There’s laughter aplenty and a great vibe at running clubs around the country after the weekly time trial. Runners congregate and drink a beer or wine while swopping war stories. It’s a perfect way to be social and it’s socially acceptable, especially since runners feel they’ve earned that drink through burning off the calories. But is it healthy? I have […]

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Are you inspired or motivated?

What motivates you? What inspires you? Is there a difference between the words? For me as an athlete and person, there is a subtle difference. When I read the word ‘inspire’, the first syllable tugs at me, winking and asking me to ‘Please, please notice me’ in a shy, unassuming and humble way! The In of Inspire tells me its Inside or Internal: That I am Inspired by the Inside of Me and what come […]

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Knowing when you’ve recovered from racing

Respond to Recovery by Glenn Macnamara Last time I wrote about ensuring we are adequately recovered after major races. How do you KNOW if you have recovered properly? As a triathlete, I find the three sports have different rates of recovery.

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