Archives for December 2012

The voice of reason – Who to listen to when achieving your goals

RainbowOne of my first ever tips on this site was “don’t let others impose limits on your dreams.” This came about because I was at a time in my life when I was feeling a bit too fragile. I was inclined to spend too much time listening to the negative folk, you know the ones. They stoke the voices inside your head that pop-up in your low moments. The voices that say “you can’t do it” or “it is impossible” or “you are too old” etc. They can be hard to ignore, particularly when you set yourself a challenge that is a bit bolder than normal. For some people this will be running a 10km race, for others it will be competing in a multi day ultra marathon such as the Marathon Des Sables. However these voices do have a purpose in your life, you just need to be careful who you listen to. Read on to find out more.

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Achieving your new year’s resolution

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King of mince pies!

It is that time of year when the motherload of guilt from the indulgence of Christmas and New Year is making us want to be better people. We will promise ourselves that from the second of January we will exercise more, eat healthier and binge less. Local gyms and fitness centres are rubbing their hands with glee at the thought of the extra custom. Especially the money from those that pay the signing fee and agree to a long term commitment, then only attend twice in January before giving up. Don’t get me wrong, I love those people as it means that the fitness centres can afford better facilities, yet I know that for most of the year they will be underutilised meaning that they are available for me to use. So how do you go about making your new year’s resolution a bit more meaningful and long lasting, so you aren’t setting yourself up from a morally self-destructive binge towards the end of January as your willpower wanes and you start to make excuses? Read on to find out more.

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Coaches, coaching and achieving your sporting goals

Originally I was very sceptical over the use of coaches. This wasn’t a general opinion, I just wasn’t sure whether one would suit me or not. Firstly I thought that my swimming, cycling and running weren’t all that bad, and I was making decent progress on my own. By keeping a log of my training sessions and doing a lot of educational reading I have identified my key weaknesses, and I decided to see if I could get specific help to improve on them. This wont be news to most of you as I have already mentioned coaching in two different articles, that shows how useful it has been to me:

Read on to find out how to plan your own training and also how to get the most bang for your quid (pound/buck/euro!) if you decide to take on a coach. [Read more…]

Vivobarefoot Breatho Review

Vivobarefoot breathoYesterday my latest “gadget” arrived in the form of the Vivobarefoot Breatho trail running shoe. As the name would suggest it is a minimalist barefoot running style shoe. The Breatho is the trail running version, so it is a little bit heavier, with more tread on the bottom and a more robust outer to protect the shoe and your foot from the undergrowth. Read on to find out more.

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Triathlon England Receives Funding Boost

Tri EnglandThis is great news and bodes well for the future of Triathlon in England. You can guess my opinion on it by the name of this blog, but I truly believe that Triathlon is an amazing sport that brings together a huge range of people with wildly differing abilities. It has such depth compared to many single discipline sports and is great fun both to train for and compete in.   [Read more…]