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Schoeman and Steyn clinch 5150 African Champs

The inaugural Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship took place on Sunday 3 November 2013 at Germiston Lake. A dominant display saw Henri Schoeman claim the title of 5150 African Champion while Andrea Steyn, one of the most feared female triathletes in South Africa, overturned a deficit to secure a gold medal finish. Known for his strong swimming ability, it was all but a foregone conclusion that Henri Schoeman (RSA) would be the first athlete to complete […]

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IRONMAN South Africa 2014 sells out for first time in history

For the first time in its history, IRONMAN South Africa has sold out. On the eve of its 10th anniversary edition, IRONMAN South Africa reached this milestone which is testimony to the ever-growing popularity of the only IRONMAN on African soil filling the 2,000 available slots in only six months after opening registrations.   The race is renowned for fast times, friendly locals and unparalleled spectator support making it one of the most sought after […]

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Seven Vital Things You Must Do To Taper For Your Best Event Yet

One of the fundamental aspects of your race preparation is tapering your training to peak on race day. Athletes use the term peaking to describe being in the absolute best condition (physically, emotionally and mentally) at a specific time for an event. Peaking is not always easy to perfect and requires experience and planning. This article could save you costly errors and disappointment. Pro triathlete and Olympian Kate Roberts has learned the science of peaking […]

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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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