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Training Zones: Effort or Numbers?

There is a hype around training tools that measure effort, be it in training or racing. But is this the best way to track and analyze your efforts? Age group athletes are bombarded from all angles with tools that measure data such as power meters, heart rate monitors and portable...
Posted On Nov 22 2019
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Training: Sick? Don’t Panic – Here’s a Cure

Training hard, your chances of getting sick are relatively high. ironguides Coach Alun “Woody” Woodward has the cure that will help get you back on your feet as fit and fast as possible. Sickness seems to be hitting plenty of athletes right now with the very changeable weather...
Posted On Aug 09 2019
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Training : How and Why to Train Through Races, Instead of Tapering

As we head full on into race season, tapering is the topic on everyone’s mind. Should we taper for every race, how do we recover from the race, and how do we get back to productive training as soon as possible. The process of tapering I have talked about in previous articles....
Posted On Aug 02 2019
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Rest Days: Learning to Listening to your Body

Time for the next session—but you’re tired and unmotivated to head out of the door. You’re not sure if the fatigue comes from having had a stressful week at work, or if you went a bit too hard at those weekend sessions. You are a dedicated athlete who feels very guilty whenever...
Posted On Jul 19 2019
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How to Become a More Efficient Triathlon Swimmer

  Type Like a Human If you’re like most Age Group athletes, one of the most challenging (and frustrating) aspects of your training is how to improve your swim time. For many athletes the question that arises once they’ve acquired basic swim skills is: Why am I not getting...
Posted On Jul 12 2019
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Training: The Importance of Pre-Training Routine

When does your training session actually start? Do you only mentally switch on as soon as you take that first stride/pedal stroke/swim pull of your main set? To improve the quality of your training, I challenge you to tune in at least 10, or even 20, minutes before you get...
Posted On Jul 05 2019
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Training: When Things Go Wrong on Race Day

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 Jun 28 2019
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Training : Nailing Race Day Nutrition

ironguides coach Alun ‘Woody’ Woodward looks into the importance, and ways, of getting your race day nutrition right. Race performance is not only about the fitness you have gained through training but it is also about nutrition on the day. Nutrition plays a significant role—get...
Posted On Jun 06 2019
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Training : 10 Basic Tips for Ironman Nutrition

Keep it simple is the name of the game when it comes to Ironman Race Day Nutrition. Here’s how, in 10 easy steps. Here’s ten ways you can plan on optimizing your Ironman day — after all, as we tell our clients, Nutrition Trumps Training. To lock in a great return on all the time...
Posted On May 23 2019
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How to Handle the Heat and Humidity in Triathlon

Learn and beat this threat in Triathlon races
Posted On May 15 2019
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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