Barefoot Running for Form Improvement

Barefoot Running for Form Improvement

New Zealand claims the title of birthplace of the running revolution from back in early 1960, when Arthur Lydiard formed the Auckland Joggers Club. After running with Lydiard in 1962, Bill Bowerman, former track coach at the University of Oregon,  brought jogging back to America. The rest, as they say, is history. Bowerman went on to be co-founder of Nike and from this early beginning, led by Bowerman, running grew into one of the largest...

Realistic Expectations In Session Design and Management

Realistic Expectations In Session Design and Management

For many, the major limiting factor for performance in training sessions is unrealistic expectations. The weight of expectation going into a session can potentially hinder your performance. In some cases, this may be to the point where the completion of the session is counterproductive to your goal. This may drive your progress in a negative direction rather than toward positive enhancement of your overall fitness.

Sweat The Small Stuff

Sweat The Small Stuff

They say don’t sweat the small stuff, that is until your goggles get knocked off at the first turn, you spend an eternity in T2 fighting with your shoelaces and your run goes from port-a-loo to port-a-loo wishing you had tested that new energy gel pre-race. When it comes to preparation for triathlon racing the old adage of ‘worry about the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’ is far more apt.

Goal Setting For Performance Gain

Goal Setting For Performance Gain

In training just as in life you need to give structure to your dreams in order for them to be achievable. Goals, which are dreams with a purpose, need to be above your current level of skill and ability in order for them to be worthwhile. Michael Phelps, for example, probably didn't dream of winning the 25 - 30 age division of the local masters 100 meters butterfly. He dreamed big, planned intelligently...

Mind Over Matter: Control The Moment

Mind Over Matter: Control The Moment

The brain is an amazing and at the same time mysterious organ. It coordinates all the systems of the body to maintain homoeostasis. In doing so it balances the internal operating system against the external environment to ensure we, as a whole, survive. If we are low on energy we get hungry, if we need water we get thirsty and if we get hot we sweat. Similar to a mother with a large brood of children the brain controls its systems by keeping...