Life Isn’t Fair
Last weekend I had the incredible privilege of competing as an U23 elite at the South African Olympic distance triathlon championships held in Durban. The race would comprise of a 1.1km sea swim (shortened from 1.5km because of rough conditions), a 40km cycl...
Behind the (tri)suit
Behind the (tri)suit: what being a triathlete is really like The life of a triathlete is full of glitz and glamour - adoring fans, huge prize purses and shiny equipment (alright, I might have made some of that up). In truth the life of a triathlete is a str...
Do things that Scare you
Almost a year ago to the day I was on the start line of a race which terrified me – the infamous Double Century. The race consists of a 202km loop starting and finishing in Swellendam, in the Western Cape and is done in a team time trial format (i.e. you s...
The Training Reality
Training for a triathlon is tough. There are usually multiple sessions during the week when I question the sanity of my coach. Times when I wonder how on earth I am going to complete the prescribed workout. Other days the conditions force me back into bed: t...
Greatest Swim-Run Events
The sport of swim then run then swim then run (SwimRun) again has started to snowball over the last few years. If you are into multisport, no doubts you will have heard of THE OTILLO. This is where the sport was essentially born, sort of like the “KONA” ...
The Science behind Hydration
Long distance endurance sports such as triathlon come with a host of situations. If you do not properly prepare for these, they can cause serious consequences to health. Lack of preparation can be a huge factor in losing a race or underperforming. Effecti...
Carbo-loading myths Debunked
If you are into endurance sport, no doubts you will have heard of the phrase “carb-loading”. It sounds intriguing enough, so what exactly does it entail. What exactly is carb-loading? Simply put, it’s a strategy used primarily by endurance athlet...
Warm-up to a better performance
It’s a well-known fact that a “warm-up” prior to racing or even a training session, will improve your performance. We often see the pro’s going through their warm-up routines that to some, would seem like a very exhaustive process. They do this to en...
FOAM ROLLING EXPLAINED
Foam rolling is recommended to athletes’ training for and completing endurance sports, especially runners and triathletes. You see them in the stretching zone of gyms in all shapes, sizes, and styles. You may use them regularly, but do you know how they ac...
Couch To Tri
Getting into the sport of triathlon can be daunting, especially if you’ve gone through an extended period without exercise. If you’ve been dormant for a while, your body will be biomechanically slightly different to one that is regularly exercisi...