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Enjoy The Beach, Stay Fit These Holidays

While you might want to relax on the beach on holiday, you also want to enter 2014 healthy and fit, don’t you? You’re away from home, possibly without bike, surfski, maybe even without your running shoes. How will you possibly train? How about maximising your holiday and getting a workout like a lifeguard at the same time? What you’ll need Swimsuit, goggles and a bright coloured cap (for visibility in the water) Method 1 Hit […]

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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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Four Swimming Drills To Perfect Your Pull

In last issue’s article I focused on the catch. A good catch leads to an effective pull, so now is probably a good time to look at the three important pull phases. Your pull can lead to the biggest improvement in your stroke. Phase 1 Downward During the first phase, the hand enters the water in line with the shoulder. The hand must be relaxed and flat. Your fingers must be together with your thumb […]

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Suunto Ambit 2S Review

The Ambit 2S is a sleeker, lighter multisport version of the original Ambit. It is ANT+ compatible so you can link to a host of pods including power meters. It offers a range of analytical info for HR, beat to beat measurement, EPOC etc. You have to rely on GPS altitude which is fine for most urban uses. I like a wrist unit (and background software) that is easy to use and intuitive. Both should […]

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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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SA ice team risk arrest to swim from Russia to US

Five South African extreme swimmers are set for one of the most remote, frigid and hostile challenges imaginable by attempting to swim in relay about 110km across the icy sea between Russia and the USA in early August. They depart from Cape Town this Saturday (27 July). Wearing only a Speedo, cap and goggles, Ryan Stramrood, Kieron Palframan, Toks Viviers, Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai will jet off this weekend to join about 50 international […]

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Four moods of the ocean you must know

One could wax lyrical (and many have) about the moods of the ocean but for a lifesaver and multisporter the ocean is a rewarding playground. Now with summer here, there will always be an excuse to hit the beach to either train or just play. Here is some helpful advice to tackle your summer training. Silky Smooth A flat, smooth ocean is by far the least intimidating. There’s no swell, seemingly no currents and just […]

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Blog Songo.info: Find a reason to get off the couch

Blog: My XTERRA dedicated to Songo.info I did the XTERRA Lite in 2008 and while almost drowning, pushing my bike up all the hills and walking the run, I really enjoyed myself. What struck me about the XTERRA athletes, and I’m referring to the professionals here, is how quick they are relative to the teams and the others who are doing it as a fun event. That year Dan Hugo came in 6 minutes faster […]

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Finis Swimsense

Finis Swimsense Most fitness swimmers arrive poolside with only a vague idea of what they’re trying to improve. At the novice end they think of completing a set number of laps. As experience increases, they start wanting to do sets because they realise that their technique needs training too. Unless you’ve put a structured programme onto paper and laminated it, it’s tricky to keep track of how many 50s, 100s and 200s you have swum […]

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PE swimmer to attempt 23km swim in Algoa Bay

Kyle Main prepares for English Channel crossing with monstrous swim Port Elizabeth Long distance swimming legend Kyle Main will warm-up for a record breaking English Channel crossing attempt in September with a monstrous 23km sea swim in Algoa Bay.

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