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10 Tips for a Better Marathon

by Shem Leong,  1. Taper – A well structured taper is essential to run a good one on race day. It gives your legs a chance to fully rest and “soak up” the many kilometres that have been put into them in training. It is NOT an excuse to do nothing and “Carbo- Load”- Please! There...
Posted On Jan 25 2019
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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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Zero to Ironman: Swim Technique, Strength on the Bike, Confidence on the Run

By Alun “Woody” Woodward,  Jumping in at the deep end, a common phrase that is being used more and more in the modern world, wether in your personal, business or sports life this phrase is being thrown around as the solution to stop all the thinking and procrastinating we all do...
Posted On Nov 02 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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Ironman Performance – Preparation Races and Training through a Race

By Alun Woodward, Online Triathlon Coach, ironguides.net Spring has most certainly arrived and those first races of the season are just around the corner. For most of you targeting a major ironman race you will be coming into the final 2-3 months of your program and endurance...
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Training – Performing on Race Day

By Alun “Woody” Woodward, Coach, ironguides.net ironguides coach Alun ‘Woody’ Woodward looks at some crucial elements of triathlon preparation that will ensure you get to enjoy your fitness in a goal race. – At the very heart of race season, we are looking to be in the best...
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Training Article: Challenge Days

Alun “Woody” Woodward, Coach, ironguides.net Triathlon and especially ironman is a major challenge and its this challenge that draws us to the sport! At ironguides our training method is all about consistent training and building fitness with a brick by brick...
Posted On Apr 06 2018
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Half-Ironman Tapering

At this stage of preparation, with the months of hard work behind you and a mere 2 weeks until the big day, you should be at your fittest. You’ve done the late night track sessions, given up a social life for 5am bike rides, and rushed to the pool after work to get a swim in....
Posted On Mar 23 2018
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Changing Things Up approaching Off-Season

By Alun Woodward – ironguides coach – UK We are heading to the off-season now with no more races remaining for most athletes. This is a hard time of year to maintain hard training as both the body and brain are fatigued not only from training but the extra demands that come with...
Posted On Dec 22 2017
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Ironman Performance – Overcoming a Frustrating Season

by Coach Alun Woodward, ironguides.net Triathlon can be very rewarding and when things are going well with training and racing all seems perfect but when we are chasing ironman performance this is not always the case. Its very easy to get stuck in a negative situation with...
Posted On Dec 01 2017
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