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Supplement Confessions From The Don

I read with fascination on Twitter and Facebook, both highly credible sources of information of course, athletes and weekend warriors espousing the benefits of their chosen supplement or energy potion. Now I am a big believer in correct, calculated and careful supplementation but let’s be honest here, most of you are getting a little carried away by the effect of your mootie. The key to a good supplement is in fact, to not feel anything. […]

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10 Questions With Martin Dreyer

Paddling, adventure racing, mountain biking, even professional fishing, Martin Dreyer has done it all. The 44-year-old has won the Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times plus seven Non-Stop Dusi wins, the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge and he holds the record for the Freedom Challenge mountain bike ride across South Africa. For the last few years he’s been giving back and helping youngsters from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN realise their potential through […]

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Seven Summer Maxims For Multisport Improvement

There are seven ways to improve your multisport fitness this season. Anyone wanting to maximise their fitness, personal, intellectual and development goals should take note. It applies to a single sport as much as it does to several. 1. Eat smart There are so many guidelines and theories as to how you can lose weight the quickest, get the leanest build the fastest and shed body fat in just a few days… In my opinion […]

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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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Training In Difficult Places

“Not to be confused with Mauritius,” is the first line of the Wiki definition of Mauritania. Although both are former French colonies, you certainly would be in for something of a surprise if you’d intended to go on holiday to the island home of the Dodo bird, and ended up in this Islamic Republic on the Western coast of North Africa. The Muezzin has woken me at 4am, an hour before I would usually rise. […]

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Plenty wind, little water at Winter Wartrail Challenge

The 2013 Winter Wartrail (26-28 July) will go down in the history books – and it won’t be because of the cold or the extremely low water levels. This year’s Wartrail will be known for the howling, gale-force winds battering the brave racers, non-stop, for the entire three days. “This is Wartrail unplugged!”, declared Adrian Saffy (race organiser), on the eve before the mayhem unfolded. Followed by a low murmur, and a few cries of […]

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The Challenges of Exercise In Central Africa

The small fixed-wing aircraft quivers at the end of the dirt runway. The athletic, blonde, French pilot, with an ornate ‘R’ tattooed on her neck, just behind her left ear, opens the throttle and we’re speeding off into the early morning sunrise. The bush of central Africa opens up just a few hundred metres below us. It is beautiful beyond the telling of it. I sit back and breathe deeply into my growing gut. I’m […]

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Why Do People Caravan?

I have a bone to pick with those who caravan Without doubt, the most irritating, pointless and ignorant question ever faced by those of us who know the true treat of multisport in all its shapes and forms, is “Why do you want to do that to yourself?” It’s got to the point where I’m thinking of lying when asked about my personal interests. “I watch TV – Cake Boss is my favourite because my […]

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Multisport Manifesto #2

Life’s too short for one sport, geddit? Hey you, on the single-speed bike, we aren’t single-speed people, so kick it! We’re the 80% tribe, like our Patagonia man Yvon Chouinard, running up mountains, bombing our bikes down da valleys We is sick and tired of the ‘same old, same old’ coming us like tennis ball volleys   Who says you need an Olympic 10,000m ‘A’ qualifier when 80% means you fit, strong and healthy? Just […]

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10 Multisport Lessons Learned

I started doing multisport from a very young age. Growing up on a farm in the Eastern Cape, I suppose we were tough and did most things the hard way. So over the years, I have learnt many lessons, most of them by way of trial and error… But the following article is directed at you. See it as a means to avoid the silly mistakes I have made along my journey. 1 Don’t be […]

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