Taper - too little or too much?

Have you ever wondered how you manage to get through a particularly stressful period – whether it’s an intense deadline at work, final exams in school or a spate of holiday houseguests – only to get sick after the stress has lifted? Well it’s the same for taper in to big events many people will taper too much and become sick from inactivity, because this makes the immune system venerable so it’s important to keep going through the taper, back off the distance for sure but you can increase the intensity levels, to “Tick Over”’ While this is not new, it is not fully understood by many, probably because the immune system is so complex. First, psychological stress is associated with mobilisation

Follow the plan

We have found that having a race plan is an essential element for any race to be successful. So many people just simply don't think to have one and then fail to execute. The race plan can be as simple or as detailed as you like and it's designed to keep you focused in "the moment" that I talked about in my last article. There are 8 key elements to the race plan to consider, pre-race | Start | Swim phase |Bike phase | Run Phase | Transitions | Nutrition and finally Recovery. All these elements need consideration. "Live in your moment" So let's just look at what I would consider for the pre-race phase of say a 70.3. If I look back to my Race at Taupo 70.3 where I had a great race which fel

Are cramps getting you in a pickle?

So we all think we know what cramps are right - how we get them? Well it’s a little more complex than we think, so stick with us here you will get the point, but first the science. Sports scientists now think that the best way to stop cramps is to overload the nervous system somewhere else. No one has ever really attributed cramps to anything specific and as such we are not completely sure why we get cramps while we’re exercising. For decades we have worked off the theory that reduced electrolyte levels within the muscles stops the process of muscle relaxation from happening at the level of the muscle cell. But more recent theories are leaning towards more of nervous system malfunction as t

Whats your Mantra?

So what keeps you going? When the fatigue kicks in and the body says enough is enough how do you keep going? How do you prepare not only physically but more importantly mentally for the challenges that triathlon can throw at you, whether short or long course its tough. The Academy places a big emphases on the psychological aspects of the sport – why? You may ask. Any sport has fantastic benefits that sports in general can give you, none so much as triathlon as the time investment is generally greater as we train for the different aspects of the Swim | Bike | Run, but with such big highs there can be some real lows, that you need to be aware of that may not be covered off by your coach. The

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