Training Load

I’m quite often asked how much training someone should be doing for certain events. Answer is always “it depends” , but it’s definitely good to have a ball park figure in mind. I have a few rules of thumb when it comes to training loads. 1. Work out the total number of weekly hours based…



Intervals

Its sometimes hard to know how hard to go in a set of intervals. My guide is firstly to remember that we work in a training zone. So T4 is a range between 96% and 102% of your Anaerobic Threshold. Depends on how you are feeling but if you have a set of 5x1km on…



Training Mindset

When you are training you aren’t just training your body. You are training your body, mind, skills, technique, tactics etc. Don’t just reflect on your output. Reflect on how well you approached the session.   Things like focus, skills developed, pre-session nutrition, sleep, etc are all worth reviewing and developing over time.   Review using…



Race Craft

It’s not what you think it is.   With a couple of races coming up for the team this weekend its a good opportunity to think about that specific challenge. The mind is probably now on what your current threshold pace is and how you might pace it. The usual things come up in your mind….



The Complexity of Performance

Most people get confused with achieving high performance. It can be a complex animal and has the ability to create doubt when cause and effect takes place. One thing is improved and it can cause a problem elsewhere. You might increase volume but that means you’ll be more tired. It will mean you need more…



Accountability

When an athlete trains and races they are sub-consciously setting a level. A level that goes across the board. To their family and friends, their coach, their team-mates ….. themselves ! At that stage they are setting the level of accountability for everything. If the athlete misses sessions regularly then the coach will start to…



Coachability

If you are going to engage in coaching (and you should) I suggest you get your head around being coachable. No use listening to someone if you don’t want to try what they are suggesting. To be coachable you have to be willing to be the sculptor and the clay. You have to drive the…



Judgement

There’s a fair chance when you are embarking on a journey of achieving a goal that you’ll be judging yourself in the negative for being able to reach your dreams. Don’t We could all make a strong case against ourselves for any endeavour if we really try. I’ve heard all the reasons. All of them external…



You can’t think your way to Success

Many try and many fail. Mick Fanning didn’t become a World Champion surfer by kind of training for a year Jack Nicklaus didn’t become a golfing great by playing a round every second weekend. Every single success came from years of dedication, focus and hard work. Hard work like your Dad did at the factory 40…



The First Thought

It all starts with the first thought. It has magical properties. It’s the core ingredient in the cake.  When you are about to set out on an endeavour you get one there. That one is usually based around I think I might do this. When you are I need the middle of your endeavour it’s usually…



We never really see our own success

You probably don’t realise you are already successful. If you asked 10 people that didn’t know you and your situation to interview you they would end up saying that you have built some great success. So are we really chasing success or the feeling of success? We think that “x” or “y” will give us…



First Post

This blog is all about my thoughts on improving human performance.