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Five ways to maintain health during isolation

By Ashlie Lopez Acting on the basis of government advisories, international protocols and mane ESA doctors review reports, millions of people around the world are living in a state of lockdown. This is necessary for us to be safe, but at the same time, it creates challenges for our health—mental as well as physical. This is because...

What kind of parkrunner are you?

By Ricci McGreevey – Parkrun Australia Within the world of parkrun, there are many different types of parkrunners. From the millions of people who turn up at a parkrun around Australia, you are bound to spot one of the following types of parkrunners. But, the big question is, what kind of parkrunner are you? The...

The art of running

By Hanny Allston. Is running really as simple as we make it out to be? The motion of pulling on your shoes and stepping out a door anywhere makes it appear simple.  Once out the door we take one step forward, push strongly, move our other leg forward… and away we go.  As we warm-up,...

The art and science of the bike fit

By Connor McKay B.A Physiotherapy Connor is a full-time physiotherapist and an elite level age group triathlete. He worked in a bike shop whilst at university, igniting a love for bike fitting. This passion has only expanded as a professional, utilising his skills and knowledge as a physiotherapist in conjunction with his own impressive experiences

Swimming to success

By Dougal Allan. In my first iron-distance race in 2014 I swam 1h03m for the 3.8km at an average of 1.40/100m pace. At the age of 29 and with no previous background in swimming I was satisfied with this time, given how truly terrible my swimming felt and looked when I first started to prepare...

Set to race: Swim sessions

By Dan Atkins  It’s getting close to race week, you’re in mini-taper mode but don’t want to switch off altogether. A quality swim set is perfect as it’s going to get the heart rate cracking, the race skills up to scratch but no impact means you can stay on track for a great race. Here’s...

Running at coast – 7 reasons you must participate!

By Ashlie Lopez breathing.com Running is known as the method that allows animals or humans to move fast on foot. The main feature of the running body is that it changes the kinetic and potential energy. Running refers to the term of speeds reaching from jogging to running. Running plays an important role in our...

Run ready

By Dan Atkins It is race season, and once again we’ve tapped into the mind of Dan Atkins, Head Coach at Triathlon Australia’s National Performance Centre on the Gold Coast, but this issue it’s for a couple of cracking run sets you might employ as you hone in on race day. 12-14 days out: Session...

Run dirty

Run Dirty, By Dan Lewis.   October 2016.   Lots of heaven, a little bit of hell, and only about half the distance of a marathon. In the Pace UTA22, the Blue Mountains finally boasts a trail running race that’s accessible to novices but also attracts the elite to this spectacular sporting landscape.   From the...

Recipe: Easy protein energy balls

Protein Balls are a simple, easy snack to keep on hand in the fridge for those times when you need instant fuel – and it also helps to keep your healthy eating regime on track during those times when you may be tempted to stray. These amazing, simple protein balls are super easy to make...

Puka up: More than just a ride

By Dan Wilkins In 2016, 2866 people tragically lost their lives to suicide. On average seven people per day die by suicide in Australia and it is estimated a further 65,300 people attempt suicide every year. For every suicide in Australia, it’s estimated there are another 30 attempts. The link between those terrifying statistics and...

Para athletes take on triathlon coaching

By Triathlon Western Australia, March 2018.  WA Paratriathletes Nige Young and Justine Dawson have become the first Australian para athletes to commence their triathlon coaching journey at the recent Development Coaches Course held by Triathlon WA. Not only did they develop their own coaching skills at the course, they also gave other coaches

Iditarod – The ultimate endurance event

By Troy Szczurkowski Iditarod. Alaskan winter. 1000 miles. You may immediately think of the sled dog race, held each year across 1000 miles in the remote, cold wintry heart of Alaska. This story is about a human powered race that covers the same course. The Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) is rated as one of the...

How to stay mentally and physically fit during the Coronavirus crisis

With thanks to Travis Ireland from Run Down Under Amidst all the negativity and uncertainty the last few weeks have bought to the world, I’m excited to share some positive news from around the world – all put here to re-iterate that we should all be getting out the door to continue to run and walk...

How to obstacle correctly

By Adam McNamee How an obstacle course can challenge you more than just physically We have all seen the videos and photos of this fitness generation taking social media by storm highlighting the benefits of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, but are there benefits other than just physical? True Grit Co-Founder, Adam McNamee, explains th

‘Free dog’ time

By Dr Kate Gazzard Dr Kate Gazzard is both a medical doctor and physiotherapist with 20 years of sports medicine experience. Amongst other roles, Kate is currently the Australian Medical Delegate for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Triathlon in Australia and is the Medical Adviser for the Triathlon Australia Technical and Ope

Footprints in the sand

By Jock Campbell  Key components of being a good soft sand runner The attributes I have found successful at the elite level of sand running are pretty clear and don’t involve too much rocket science. Whilst not all of you are wanting to become elite, these facets can all be improved upon in all of...

Flip flops your feet will love!

By Dr Kate Gazzard. It’s summer which means it’s flip flop time! One of my big summer *sigh* moments is seeing athletes walking around in a basic pair of thongs with no support or cushioning and complaining of painful feet/arches/Achilles tendons. If you value what your footsies do for you out on the track/road/bike/field/gym, take...

Discover trails in paradise

Spend six nights in tropical Queensland enjoying trails and tastes you’ve only dreamed of before testing yourself with the Hamilton Island Hilly Marathon. Your hosts, Steve and Martin, will ferry you from one idyllic location to another across the week, you’ll get the chance to ‘find nemo’ and his friends, visi

Blackcurrants – Making research headlines for endurance athletes

Blackcurrants are not a commonly recognised fruit, they are rarely seen in your local supermarket and wouldn’t be the fruit that catches your eye next to those better-known blueberries. However, research into this little-known fruit is showing that they offer a cross-section of potent performance and muscle recovery gains for active people, in pa

Bike time for business time

By Ben Griffin – Exercise Physiologist / Sansego Coach (15 x IM Finisher *PB 9:15) Whilst all disciplines of a triathlon are important, you could argue the bike leg is most critical to performance given it accounts for approximately 50% of the total time it takes to complete at triathlon. Here’s some perfect sets for...

7 running tips for new triathletes

Below are some basic, yet important running tips from triathlon coach Matt Dymond, designed to assist new triathletes. By Matt Dymond 1. Choosing the right equipment Choosing the correct shoes is essential to how you’re going to train. Shoes come in
 all shapes, sizes and colours now so it’s important to get a good tting...

5 Global superstars who will inspire you to compete in a triathlon

Finding a good source of inspiration often forms an integral part of an athlete’s success. For our readers, the good news is that inspiration can be found in multiple places to inspire you to reach new heights. For example, former Olympian Greg Bennett has had a stellar career and is one of Australia’s top athletes....

3 mistakes to avoid in a triathlon swim workout

By Brenton Ford. For the past 11 years I’ve worked with over 1,000 swimmers and triathletes of all abilities. With athletes new to the sport, I see the same mistakes being made again and again when it comes to their workouts which are holding them back from swimming faster and improving their speed. 1. Long...

Intelligent triathlon training: Why rest should be part of it

By Dougal Allan. The goal of any training program is to improve or maximise performance in some way over a period of time. Each time we train (e.g. swim, bike or run) we are introducing a physiological stress to our body. The most obvious display of this is the tissue damage caused by a hard...

Triathlon training: Fitting in the second long ride

By Shane Smith. You work 40-plus hours per week and training for a long-distance triathlon. How do you fit two long rides into an already packed schedule? The hardest part for most people who are training for an Ironman is getting in the required mileage on the bike. This is especially true when most athletes...

What is the best running technique?

By Patrick Oughtred In a world where we strive to be the very best we can, we can be fooled into believing that one particular way is the ‘the best’; because what works for one person works everyone else, right? Running technique is a question I get asked about all the time; “what’s the best...

5 Steps to swimming faster in a triathlon

By Brenton Ford. 1. Practice open water skills in the pool There’s a big difference between swimming fast in the pool and swimming fast in open water. Just like bike-handling skills require regular practice and experience, the same thing goes for open water skills. Getting comfortable sighting regularly (every 6-12 strokes), swimming in a pack...

Top 10 things to do during your time at Challenge Roth

When you decide to race Roth make sure to make the best of your time in and around Roth. Here is our top 1o tips of things you need to do when racing Roth: 1. Visit Cafe Schmidt in Hilpoltstein. There is many Cafe Schmidt in the area but this is the Lava Java of...

The Cliché Training Effect

By Matt Burton Interpreting the “Less is More” Approach with Michael Freiberg, Director of Terrain Dynamics. Pull Quote: ‘’Less; to a smaller extent, amount or degree. More; in a greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, or number.’’ “Less is More” is one of triathlons many cliché training philosophies can be literally be interpre

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Training for mountains without hills

The Ultra Trail Australia events have many exciting challenges, one of the most noteworthy being the large and numerous hills that runners will encounter in the Blue Mountains. As this event has expanded, so too has the spread of runners from across our vast country. The race is now attracting runners from as far away...

How does caffeine affect athletic performance?

By Hanny Allston As a performance coach specializing in trail and ultra-distance running, I am frequently asked about the use of caffeine a supplement to performance. With almost every sports nutrition brand providing caffeinated options, from gels to chews to beverages, I believe it is important to address the question – to caffeine or not...

Three key reasons choosing the right apparel matters

By Titan Performance Group. Not only in business do you need to dress for success, the same can be said for sport. The clothing and apparel you choose can influence your performance. We spend a lot of time training and racing, so why not get the most out of that time? Here are three reasons...

Correcting a crossover freestyle

  There are many different styles of freestyle, but one thing that’s common among fast swimmers is they don’t crossover. A ‘crossover’ is when the hand reaches across the head after entering the water.   At our freestyle clinics this is the most common error we see among triathletes with typically more than half the...

Overcoming swimming anxiety

By Dr Jodie Lowinger; Professional Speaker, Media Commentator, Clinical Psychologist, Performance Coach. DClin Psych MSc (USyd) BSc Psych Hons 1 (University Medal) UNSW. While swimming helps some people soothe and wash away their anxiety, others may find that being submerged in water is a source of anxiety in and of itself. Taking the plunge, wheth

Returning to running after an Injury

By Michelle Hemley ‘Coming back’ to running after extended time off is one of the hardest things you can do as an athlete. It doesn’t matter if your break has been due to illness, injury, pregnancy or simply taking some time out with different priorities, returning to training and racing is HARD, both physically and...

How do I get stronger on a hill bike?

By Michelle Hemley Building your cycling strength for training and racing in the hills is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your cycling. It doesn’t matter if your goal race is flat or hilly, a time trial, triathlon or a road race, or perhaps you simply want to tackle mountain...

6 Benefits of Pilates

By Indianna Franke – The Living Well Studio We at The Living Well Studio argue that you need to be conditioned to participate well in your chosen sport, the sport itself won’t make you conditioned. Physio based pilates is an invaluable tool for this conditioning. It is a service we provide where we marry the...

5 benefits to get into sport

Sport is good for us, we all know that. Yet, for some reason, the lure of the sofa and a good box set is too overwhelming for some of us. For some, it can be about confidence, for others it could be about finding the time or it could even be that some don’t feel...