How to make your fitness and Ironman New Years resolutions sustainable and successful.
It’s that time of year when we all rush headlong into our New Years goals. We set targets and make big, exciting new plans. I’m no different and January usually signals the start of structured training for me. One of the most important things I’ve learned over the last number of seasons is to start slow.
When Bryan Mc Crystal was coaching me on the bike last year he warned me going into Christmas not to hit the f**k it switch. You know that moment of teetering between temptation of eating all the cake and sweets and crisps or not. It’s Christmas, you’re constantly faced with the dilemma of should you just go ahead and have one or twelve. You argue for and against before caving in and hitting the f**k it switch and sometime I hit it several times…
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I had a chat with Irish Road race champion Damien Shaw this week and was delighted to discover that we were very similar. Well to be honest it was just that we had a very similar view on nutrition. It’s just a pity there is such a difference in engine size. I’m like a 1 litre Nissan Micra, Shaw is like the 3.8 litre Porsche 911. Despite the difference in capacity the most important take away for me was that we both strongly agreed that if we were going to fall of the wagon and eat sugar or rubbish that it should be cake and not energy bars. Read on for more cake wisdom..
A number of years ago I read a book by Lance Armstrongs team manager Johan Bruneel called We Might As Well Win. While it’s since become obvious that they took the concept way past the point at which they should have stopped I still think there’s a very good lesson in it. Read on for more…
One of the keys to my progress as an athlete was increasing training volume. Sounds obvious but I’m amazed how many people myself included overlook this simplest of ideas.
I’m writing a series of articles to answer some of the most common questions I’m asked about qualifying for and racing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2012 and 2013. Read More