Train Hard – Race Easy

Lots of talk after the weekend of racing about how quick the racing is getting. Yep. The world isn’t slowing down that’s for sure. The one thing we all have in common no matter where we are in the field is that we all want to be faster. No matter who we are or what…



Pull Buoy and Paddles

Last night I pointed out to a couple of athletes how the paddles helped their technique. This was, I believe, due to the resistance they provide allowing the athlete to “grab the water” a bit better. An important piece of the puzzle especially at the end of the set when the hands tend to go wider than they…



Real Athletes Don’t Train

I want to tell you a story about a coach who I’ve never met. His name is Bill Sweetenham. Bill was brought up in poverty in Mt Isa, the mining town in Queensland. He was thirsty to learn and he knew early on that he wanted to be a coach. In fact, he had coached…



Beginner Long Course Thoughts

Time to pen a few of my thoughts and experiences about coaching athletes to their first long course race. It’s important to remember that the numbers are very much a guide – individuals vary of course, but mainly about where they are starting from. 70.3 training volume goal at the end of the build =…



Yes Dad

Yes Dad …. This saying is at the core of any childhood. Okay and maybe it’s a yes Mum as well. You’ve been asked to do a chore and well yeah it’s probably not going to get done is it. Daily in my coaching environment I get the yes Dad. That look of yeah I’m…