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Strength Training: Benefits for Endurance Athletes

By Alun Woodward, Online Triathlon Coach,  The topic of strength training in endurance sports is always a controversial one, with some coaches avoiding it at all costs and others praising it as the key to success.  Coach Alun “Woody” Woodward explains why and how...
Posted On Jan 18 2019
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Starting the Season Right: Integrating Strength in Triathlon

By Alun Woodward,  online coach,  Many of you will have recently been enjoying an end of season break, be it a total rest from any endurance training or just a period of time with some unstructured training sessions. As we head towards the start of the season its a good time to...
Posted On Jan 11 2019
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12 Weeks to Your First Triathlon

There are many ways to combine three sports and train for a triathlon. Whether this is your first race or you have already a few seasons under your belt, here’s a simple approach that will ensure you’re ship shape in twelve weeks, without resorting to expensive tools and leaving...
Posted On Jan 10 2019
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New Year Resolutions: Key to Success

By Alun “Woody” Woodward, Coach Another year has flown by—we are heading into the new year and all the challenges it will bring. Making New Year’s resolutions can be very rewarding and actually lead to significant change—however, for 99 percent of us it is just a thought...
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Off-Season: Start with the Most Important Step

By Coach Alun Woodward At ironguides, our whole philosophy is based upon improving one step at a time or, as we like to call it, brick by brick. As coaches we are here to guide you in your fitness journey and take you to where you want to go. The first thing we need to know from...
Posted On Dec 21 2018
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Training: Technique Short Cuts

By Alun “Woody” Woodward  Training to perform is hard enough without poor technique getting in the way, poor technique costs us in efficiency  of movement but also costs us with increased injury risk. By working to improve technique we can gain time in our races and also make our...
Posted On Nov 23 2018
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Race Day – Avoiding Mistakes

By Alun “Woody” Woodward Getting to race day fit and ready to race is a hard task and a challenge to every athlete and coach. I would say as a coach those final 2 weeks before a race are the most stressful of an entire program, not so much in terms of the physical preparation and...
Posted On Nov 09 2018
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Ditching the Gadgets: Learning How to Train and Race by Feel

by Coach Alun “Woody”  Woodward – ironguides.net In October 2016, we watched Daniela Ryf winning Ironman Hawaii for the second time. Look closely at the below finish photo, can you spot something “unusual”?   What? She has no watch on? Yes, Daniela raced...
Posted On Oct 26 2018
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Training: Becoming a Better Triathlete

Consistency and Repetition are the big secrets to all the top triathletes out there. If you were looking for a magic formula or a short cut to success I’m afraid to tell you there is none. But that’s what I like about our sport – it embodies and rewards the good old fashioned...
Posted On Oct 12 2018
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Training : Race Day – When Things Go Wrong

We would all like to have everything go perfectly leading into a race but there are times when this simply does not happen and we need to have coping strategies in place. Not all problems that arise mean you have to give up your race. I saw a great example of this from former...
Posted On Oct 05 2018
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How Ankle Bands can Improve your Swim

Pullbuoys feel great because they help you float nicely in the water. Paddles immediately let you know that you’re working harder and increase your distance per stroke. Everybody is happy to use these 2 tools because they enhance the feel for efficiency in the water. But...
Posted On Sep 21 2018
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Training : Performance in Ironman – Small Changes to Success

Performance in Ironman – small changes to success. When we stop seeing the challenge of Ironman as finishing and start looking at how fast we can get to the line the dynamic of our thinking and training changes. The biggest challenge when we start thinking like this is accepting...
Posted On Sep 14 2018