- Is It Worth Hiring a Coach?Enlisting the help of a coach can be a significant investment and with so many off-the-shelf training plans available, it can be seem like a…
- How Do I Know if my Race Goal is Achievable?
A lot of the answer to this question lies in the type of goals we set. When working with athletes this can be the most difficult conversation we have at the start of our journey, for me and for them. Here are a few things that I have learnt over the years help with realistic goal setting, which will help you build confidence in your ability to achieve and enable you to find success in each race.
- How to Train for an Ultra Trail Run
Ultra running is becoming more and more popular as people become more curious about just how far they can push themselves. So how do you prepare your body to run for over 26 miles?
Here are a few things that I target when helping people prepare for an ultra trail race:
- 10 Ways Endurance Athletes Can Reduce their Injury Risk
Getting injured is the fear of most endurance athletes. If you’ve been hit with injuries in the past that have put you out for any length of time you will be as keen as I am to avoid injury in the future. Here are ten things that I have found as a coach have helped athletes stay injury free.
- How much rest do endurance athletes need?
The amount of rest that endurance athletes need depends on many factors but here are some general guidelines that you can develop for your individual needs.
- 10 Training Tips for the Older Endurance Athlete
There’s no doubt as we age our bodies change and the way we are able to train and how we react to it changes too. That doesn’t mean that we can’t still make fitness gains and race well. Here are ten tips that I have found helpful in coaching older athletes to help them continue to reach their potential.
- 10 Tips to Maximise Race Performance
Taking part in any endurance event requires a certain level of commitment; the disappointment if it all falls apart on race day can be extreme, so how do you make sure that you arrive on race day ready and able to maximise your performance?
- How Effective is My Training Plan?
So how do you know if your training plan is effective? The simple solution is to test it; you can do this by entering interim races, or by certain other markers of fitness. Good plans will include some regular testing every 4-6 weeks (although they might not call it a test to avoid stressing you out).
- How long should my Longest run be if I am training for an ultra?
So how long should your longest run be? First of all, you don’t need to run the full distance of your target run in one training session; you will have weeks where you run near (or in some cases above) the distance and it is the accumulated mileage that will prepare you for your event. Regardless of the distance I wouldn’t usually suggest any single run lasting more than 8 hours in any given training plan.
- What is Base Training and Why Is It Important?
So what is base training? It’s a cycle of training of at lest 8 weeks which focuses mainly on endurance training, in short this means almost exclusively easy running at a conversational pace with little or no speed. The focus is on extending the longer endurance runs and creating training volume with other easier runs to improve running efficiency.
- What are the best cycling workouts for you? – the power duration curve
It is sometimes difficult to know what cycling workouts to do and why, particularly with all the information available nowadays. This article considers how you can determine the demands of your goal event and set workouts to help you train for those demands.
- Is Strava Good for Beginners Cycling Training?
The Strava website states that Strava is “Designed by athletes, for athletes, Strava’s mobile app and website connect millions of runners and cyclists through the sports they love”. However, is it any use to help you build your cycling fitness? So, is Strava good for beginners cycling training? In my opinion as a professional cycling coach, yes it is an excellent tool that combines elements of social interaction, manageable competition and challenges, and features that allow you to track and direct your progress according to your needs.