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7 Tips for a Better Iron-Distance Taper

When triathletes reach the taper period of their training plan, their eyes light up as finally, the days of long and hard workouts are behind them.   But ask any triathlete about their plan, most of them will have that deer caught in the headlights look. Am I resting enough?  Or...
Posted On Aug 23 2019
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Using Speed Training the Smart Way

By Alun “Woody” Woodward, It’s that all important and exciting time of the year again for all of us, the race season is well and truly done now and hopefully you have all had a period of rest and chilling out letting the body recover from the stresses of training and...
Posted On Aug 19 2019
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Kaboom! How to Avoid Bonking on the ride

By Alun “Woody” Woodward, coach,  You’re flying along enjoying your first Ironman then you hit 120km and KABOOM!! How many athletes experience this at 120km in an Ironman ride, it’s amazing how often this happens and athletes have a very logical but false impression...
Posted On Aug 15 2019
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1 Key to a Better Ironman Run

The big news out of the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championship was how male elite champion Patrick Lange of Germany ran through the field and win the title in a record breaking time of 8:01:40.  Lange came out of T2 10 minutes and 23 seconds off the lead and at 11th place.  When...
Posted On Aug 12 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: Run Technique Hacks

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 Aug 08 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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Ironman Performance – What to do when Training Plateaus

by  coach Alun Woodward The human body is amazingly adaptable and we can accomplish amazing feats through training and specific preparation, we read time and time again about the stories of sedentary individuals suddenly taking up exercise and within a short period of time...
Posted On Jul 29 2019
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5 Ways to Recover Faster after Hard Training

This article is for the newer triathlete who has got bitten by the bug and is starting to train every day. As your training volume increases to 8 – 10 hours or more a week, and you are getting familiar with mixing up your perceived effort levels, the issue of recovery becomes...
Posted On Jul 26 2019
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The 1-Day Race Simulation to Get You Ready for your Ironman

If you are training for an ironman, it’s very likely you are following a training plan that calls for a weekly long swim, long bike and long run, these are on separate days and the idea behind breaking the work down, you can train fresher, with better technique, faster, and...
Posted On Jul 22 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