Training

If you’re an amateur/age group athlete, you should not copy a professional athlete’s training plan. And yet, lots of athletes and coaches do just that.IntroductionI’m often asked why I seem to take such a contrary view on so many things that are simply accepted as fact in the coaching realm. Partly, this has to do

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Optimum Health

Suffering from illness or injury is something most athletes fear. When the unthinkable happens, there are a number of strategies you can use to come out the other side better than when you went in.IntroductionFrom the last two posts (here and here), you’ll know that I don’t believe that illness or injury are inevitable consequences

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Optimum Health

Previously, I wrote about why you absolutely need to avoid injury. Today I’ll provide you with some simple (though not always easy) ways to do so.IntroductionInjury can be a huge setback for any athlete. When you consider that the time it takes to recover a level of fitness after just one week away from training

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Optimum Health

We’re athletes, getting injured is just a normal part of the process, right? WRONG!! In fact, you can’t afford to get injured at all if you can help it.IntroductionI’ll admit it, if there’s a mistake to be made in training and racing I’ve almost certainly made it. Foremost among those mistakes, I used to embrace

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Training

The old-time purists might not like it but draft legal triathlon in the age-group ranks is here to stay.IntroductionThe bike leg in a triathlon has always been a time-trial, but no longer. British Triathlon made the bike legs for its qualification races for the 2016 age-group sprint world championships draft-legal, kind of like a bunch

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Optimum Health

One often hears this bandied about: You can’t be really healthy and super fit at the same time, they’re different things.IntroductionPart of this statement is correct and another part is only partially true. They absolutely are different things and attaining a high level of fitness for a specific sport can be detrimental to your overall

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