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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, 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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OCR training: how to find the balance between strength and running

If you’ve been bitten by the obstacle course racing (OCR) bug, you’ll know that to enter a series like the Warrior Race competitively, you need to be able to trail run for anything from 15-21km, and have the strength to overcome 30 demanding obstacles in betwee

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Is your training intensity high enough?

We can determine the answer by asking three telling questions: How many kilometres of running, cycling or swimming did you log this week? What was your time on your feet for your running sessions? (Coaches like to call that TOF). What was your average and maximum intensity for each session? Chances are that you will be able to answer the first two easily enough, but you might come unstuck on the third question. The three […]

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11 Maxims to improve your fitness

I love fortune cookies. It’s the frivolous words of wisdom and positive prophesies that I enjoy more than the cookie itself. While preparing a special treat for a night-time, orienteering event that I organise, I went in search of pearls; those wise words that motivate and inspire and say it like it is. These 11 are my favourites. 1. Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: Yes. I’m not much in favour […]

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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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Top 10 training tips for endurance events

These top 10 training tips will be of great use to you for any endurance event you’re training for in the the next few weeks. It will be especially useful if you’re tackling long endurance challenges like ultra trail runs, multi-day mountain bike, road cycling, and paddling events. If you’re at this level, you should already have our taper programme, but it never hurts to have a few tried and tested tips in the last […]

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Tips to tackle multi-stage races

The art and dynamics of stage racing seeks to bring out each participant’s true colours. It takes athletes back to the days of survival, the days of the hunter-gatherers. Each morning hunters gather in pairs to take on the morning’s hunt. It’s the challenge to beat your opponents, to wrestle and overpower your own psyche and prove to yourself it can be done! What follows a successful hunt is a gathering of battered bodies and […]

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What to Think About During Exercise

by Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why not read fun stuff on the Internet instead? Well, other than the fantastic health benefits, exercise is a wonderful time […]

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Bunch Riding Tips – The Aha Moment

One year, cocooned within the mass of a tightly-packed competitive peloton at the Amashova Classic in KwaZulu-Natal, the magical, almost imperceptible tactics of cycle racing and especially the nebulous skill of bunch riding, became lucidly clear to me. It was like a religious epiphany, I tell you. The scales were figuratively falling off my eyes on the road to Damascus. Except there was no beast of burden and no shining light blinding me. But wait, […]

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