Written by Dan Wilson, Australian Representative in Triathlon and Team Brooks Member
Well, Iâm currently airborne on board a Lufthansa plane somewhere between Hamburg and Frankfurt, as we leapfrog our way from Hamburg, via Frankfurt, to Geneva, then back to âhomeâ in Aix Les Bains in France. We did have a more streamlined (metaphorically, not aerodynamically, Iâm sure this planes airfoils are sound. Or possibly not, thinking back to the rather labored take off…) flight initially booked, but failure to receive convincing confirmation that our bikes would be welcome onboard led to some frantic 5am rebooking by Mossy on a different airline. This proved to be a shrewd decision, as the Kiwi team who booked on the same airline were greeted with blank faces and a staunch refusal to accept the teamâs bikes on their flight, and thus their coaches took a bullet for the team and drove their bikes in a 12 hour meandering route across Europe to arrive in Hamburg. A drive, if the Kiwiâs account is anything to go by, featuring a vice-like grip on the steering wheel, wide eyed stares into the distance, and repeated muttering littered with imaginatively descriptive adjectives used to describe the airline in question.
The reason for this ANZAC-based rendezvous in Hamburg was for another leg of the World Triathlon Series, and importantly for those Glasgow-bound, a last hit out before the Commonwealth Games. The 5 week block leading up to Hamburg had us working harder than priest on a sinking ship – it was a solid block of hard work, only pausing to do some tough work, then having a break to do some intense work, followed by some difficult work, and then back to the staple of hard work. Having indulged in a metaphorical buffet of various forms of work, we had a few easier days leading into Hamburg, in which my body decided to undergo some furious adaptation, consequently making me feel as lively as a corpse with a mustache, and had me in the room of mirrors having a good hard look at myself and wondering what the blazers was going on and how the blazers was I supposed to race the quickest race of the year tomorrow. The blazers were either deaf to my questions, or decided their answers were not ones suitable for my ears; however, I got around alright for a 27th in a race that was quicker than a cheetah driving a Ferrari. I felt reasonably strong all round, but not too much spark, which is a pretty good place to be in 2 weeks out from Commonwealth Games.
I was lucky enough to be picked for the team relay on Sunday, and after a fantastic job by the rest of the Aus team, I led off the anchor leg of the relay at the head of a group of 5. In hindsight, it was a pretty tough ask to battle with Brownlee and Luis (who were 1st and 2nd the day before) as well as a Hungarian athlete who was brought in especially for the relay and had not raced the day before, but I was a little disappointed to finish 4th and not win a medal with the Aussie team. Again in hindsight, it turns out the best decisions to make would have probably to be a little less aggressive on the bike, I put in a big effort to bridge to a Brownlee attack, which left me open to a counter attack from Luis, who ended up bridging and leaving me behind with the Hungarian. Itâs hard to be a passive in a race like that, but it turns out that would have been the best option.
Anyway, Iâve swallowed that pill, and if Iâm included in the relay for Glasgow, will be eager to execute with more sangfroid efficiency! So, from now, we donât have too much hard work left to do, with two massive hits of intensity this weekend that left lactate in places I didnât know I had places, we can rest and sharpen up over the next 10 days before Glasgow. Myself and Jacko will be in Aix, and will spend the next week recovering from the races, the last training block, as well as our time in the altitude tent, and hope to improve a bit more before we leave next Sunday for the Athlete Village. Itâs an exciting time, just crossing the iâs and dotting the tâs (or possibly the other way around, but Iâm sure no-one actually noticed that before I pointed it out…) in the final preparation for the race, and itâs a race and experience Iâm really looking forward to! Iâll bring you another update from the Games Village with a few pre-race thoughts!
Until then, take care friends,
Check out the Racer ST – Dan’s Brooks Race Day shoe of choice.
Posted on | July 17, 2014 | Comments Off
By Ryan Sissons, NZ Triathlete and Member of Team Brooks
It is now 16 days until I compete at my very first Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as part of the New Zealand Triathlon Team. Itâs fair to say most of the hard work has already been done, and itâs now time to settle down, recover and fine tune until race day on the 24th July. For the last 7 days I have been based in Loughborough in the UK, a little town with some great training facilities and surroundings and a place quite similar in weather conditions to Glasgow. I will be based here until 4 days before my race in which the NZ team will head to Glasgow.
What do I do between now and then?
This weekend I will race another round of the World Triathlon Series Hamburg in Germany as a good hit out race 10 days out of the Commonwealth Games. Itâs a stellar field assembling so a perfect opportunity to test my form and a final race situation hit out before the big show. Post Hamburg I will travel back to the UK and recover and rest as best and as fast as I can before the final push in training. There is only a 10 days window of training post Hamburg so the training I will do will be very precise and specific. For the last few months I have been doing some pretty solid training, with between 25-30 hours a week of training, however as it draws closer to races and especially the Commonwealth Games this is cut down to between 15-20 hours in order to let the body rest and recover.
Thatâs about all for now. I am extremely excited to compete for my country at the games but for now itâs only right to put the head back down and get the preparation as best I can.
Check out the BrooksÂ Racer ST that Ryan Sissons will be using on his road to Commonwealth Games glory in Glasgow.
Posted on | July 8, 2014 | Comments Off
Author:Â Leigh FisherÂ from Running Fit Coaching
We know itâs not easy to lace up your runners and decide to head out the door for your first run. But that is the hardest part of the journey! Once you commit to getting out the door, only then can you look to realize your running potential. Running is one of lifeâs great liberties and if you are new to running then your world is about to open up.
SET A GOAL
This helps you stay focussed and on track with your training. Â It should be specific, realistic, and measurable. i.e. âI would like to run for 20 minutes continuously within 2 monthsâ.
BUILD UP SLOWLY
Running is high impact. Â It is best to start with a run/walk progression. Â Each week should build up your running distance 10-15%. Â If you start off too quickly, the body can develop niggles/injuries.
The body requires ongoing maintenance in the form of stretching, massage and good nutrition. Â Stretching should be dynamic before a run and static after a run. Â Massage can be in the form of a sports masseur or self massage with a foam roller, tennis ball.
For those new to running there is a lot of âRunning Jargonâ that can be quite confusing, terms such as fartlek, intervals, lactic acid, cadence and VO2Max are just a few. Knowing how often, how far and how hard you should run are also important factors. Â For a great introduction to running you can join a free seminar in Melbourne on Feb 27th with experienced coach Melissa Vandewater from Running Fit Coaching. http://ow.ly/tJ5AW
Posted on | February 18, 2014 | Comments Off
Author: Clyde Rosanowski,Â Triathlon Australia â Development Coach (Level 1) and member of the BRAT Triathlon Club
Quite simply our running performances are a direct result of a few main factors which make up our overall performance; Vo2Max (size of our engine), running efficiency (economy/biomechanics).Â One of the key limiters to us developing the first factor (Vo2max) is injury.Â Put simply not all of us are blessed with the biomechanics of an Olympic Marathon runner and canât sustain massive running volumes.Â We know that we need to progressively build up our overall aerobic endurance but donât want to push too far with our r8unning and get injured.
Cross training can be the answer.Â Â What exactly is cross training then?Â Cross training is participating in another sporting activity to compliment your primary sport, in this case your running.Â So, what can we do?Â Swimming, Cycling and Gym work are the obvious choices.Â
Iâll start with swimming.Â A lot of us runners swim like stones which makes a few lengths even more of an aerobic challenge.Â Once you have mastered a continuous swim of say 1km in the pool it is time to have some fun and do things that are just plain hard when running.Â By this I mean, high intensity reps with minimal recovery time.Â As swimming is zero impact you can manage more high intensity, more often and with shorter recovery.Â A session like 300m warm up, 5 x 100m at max pace with 30 sec recovery and 300m warm down will get the blood pumping but not leave you wrecked for days like a running track session may.
Cycling has fantastic aerobic benefits and a lot less impact that running.Â You can also get to new places that you may never running or even in the car!Â Remember to be road aware and obey all road rules as unlike when you are running you are treated as a car when on your bike.Â Spinning which means high revolution pedalling is a great way to pump the blood through your legs and is awesome for recovery.Â A 90 min flat ish ride a few times a week will do wonders for your running.Â Be careful not to go out and do 7 hour rides if running is your primary goal as this will promote weight gain in your legs.
Strength training in the gym should be the runnerâs best friend.Â Old fashioned core work will keep you in alignment when running and improve your biomechanics in each step.Â Pilates and Yoga are also awesome supplements to your running program and promote strength and flexibility which are both critical to running fast and injury free.
When I began thinking about what I was going to write in this post I began to think about the sheer volume of people that started by adding a little cross training to their run program and then became Triathletes.Â So, be careful or you may love the variety so much you change sports!
Posted on | December 1, 2013 | Comments Off
Tips from Melissa Vandewater, Run Coach for Running Fit Coaching.
Youâve decided this Spring to get fit with some running. Whatâs next?
The best way to start running or return after a break is by:
- A graduated run walk program.Â This might take the form of 30 secs running/1 min walking repeated 6-8 times.Â Commence with a 5-10min walk.Â The time running can be increased gradually or started at 3-5mins on, if you have previously built up your running.Â
- Write down the days you can run and put this in a spot where you can see it. You are more likely to stick to plan when it is written down.
- Ask a friend/s to join you.Â Â It goes quicker when you have company and accountability to each other.Â Or better still, join a group with coaching.Â Be sure to check that they cater for your level of running.
- Whilst running: Focus on being tall, relaxed shoulders and breathing deeply to open up chest/stomach.
- Wear comfortable, breathable clothing.Â Cotton tends to soak up sweat, rather than taking away from the body.
- Running shoes are important! Invest in a pair of good running shoes, not cross trainers or old pair from 3 years ago! Poor footwear can certainly contribute to niggles/injuries.
- Keep strong: cross training and strength/pilates/yoga are all good to complement you running this Spring/Summer.
For more advance tips and coaching visit Running Fit Coaching
Posted on | October 14, 2013 | Comments Off
Words by Leon Griffin â Team Brooks Athlete
Wow â where did the winter months go! If youâre anything like me, your last race of the previous summer feels like it was just yesterday, and a new season already dawns upon us.
Those feelings of pre-race anxiety are starting to creep in, and you start to wonder if that goal you set at the start of the offseason – to become a much more competent swimmer, to race some bike crits to improve your bike skills, or complete a few more brick sessions so you donât run out of gas and walk the second half of those runs â was realistic.
OR youâre simply working up the courage to tackle your first triathlon. Whichever it is, donât despair, youâre not alone. Those rollercoaster ridinâ butterflies in the pit of your stomach when your thoughts turn to the fast approaching season kickoff are about as common and guaranteed as a Bart Cummings appearance at the Spring Racing Carnival.
Hopefully I can give you a few pointers below to help you become the master of your own anxiety!
All about You
Make sure youâre taking on the challenge of racing your first tri, improving one of the three legs, improving on all legs, setting a PB or winning your age group or the whole kit and caboodle for yourself, no one else. That can be the easiest way to eliminate some of that external stress thatâs waking you up at 2:30 in the morningâŚworried youâre not going to live up to the expectations of your partner, friends, competitors or even your cat. If youâre not in it for you and your own reasons, then get out of it before you even start!
Make a list
It sounds boring and youâve probably heard it a million times before, but the easiest way to minimise pre-race anxiety is to make a list at least 1-2 weeks before the first race and split it into two parts; 1) things that need to be organised plenty of time before the race; and 2) things to sort the day or two leading in and night before.
Things to include on the first list include at least one brick session (bike ride with a run off) so to get the familiarity of the âjelly legsâ transition back, a test run in the wetsuit if you havenât thrown it on since last summer or have a new one, or maybe never even used one, a bike service or some new tires, a gentle run in the race shoes, a massage, a new haircut, etc. Basically anything that you donât want to be stressed about the day or so before the race.
The second list may just include everything you need to pack to take to the race to use like goggles, wetsuit, bike and helmet, shoes, plus other little bits and pieces like your pump, pair of thongs for your blistering feet (not needed if you wear Brooks!), a clean t-shirt so you donât have bad B.O when you stop at the shop for a pie and coke on the way home, definitely some baggy shorts so you donât go into that shop to get the pie and coke in your tight and smuggling race shorts, sunscreen lotion, etc.
Whatever you do, donât think you can just wing-it! Think about each leg and how youâre going to approach it. By that I donât mean being so specific that if it doesnât happen then you need to throw in the towel, but think about where youâll position yourself at the swim start (weaker or less confident swimmers start on the side or to the back of your wave), start pulling the wetsuit off running to your bike or wait till you get to your transition spot, bike shoes clipped into your pedals or put them on in transition and run out with them on, start fast or start slow, socks or not for the run, hat, sunglasses?âŚso many decisions!!!
Triathlons definitely have a lot more involved to think about than that 5k fun run, however donât let it overwhelm you. Just break it down and visualise beforehand how you want to attack each of the 3 components that make up the triathlon. Stick to it as best as you can, but be flexible enough to allow for anything and everything to pop up during the course of the race because it something generally does. That way I guarantee youâll reduce the anxiety within you and get your season off to a great start!
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Leon is a former World Duathlon Champion and currently focuses on non-drafting triathlon in particular at the 70.3 distance with the goal to ultimately stand on top of the podium in Hawaii!
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Posted on | October 3, 2013 | Comments Off
The Trance 12 has hit stores and just quietly, weâre pretty excited. The Trance 12 takes off from where the Trance 11 left off by maintaining the balance between a plush
ride but a supportive ride. Full length DNA and Stacked MOGO look after the cushioning and the Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar (PDRB) takes care of the support!
We have increased the lateral ground contact in the shoe by continuing the midsole through that lateral aspect of the shoe. This allows for a balanced ride through the mid-foot, consistent landing zone for every foot fall and helps deliver an amazingly plush and responsive ride from heel to toe!
Posted on | January 10, 2013 | Comments Off
Guest Author: Travis Ronaldson (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
In part 1 of our Spring Health series we looked at how we can identify our goals and put timelines and measures in place to ensure we have direction and are always on the path to achieving them. So now that we have developed some health goals, it is time to get the nutrition part of our plan right. Now I think I can cover almost everyoneâs goals by saying that they probably include wanting to lose some weight by getting rid of excess fat tissue and getting more defined. Rather than eating purely for weight loss or body composition goals however, I want to focus on eating for health. Just as with our goal setting we aimed to set goals for our fitness rather than purely just weight loss, we want our nutrition plan to improve our health, rather than just help us lose weight. This is because eating for health is something that will leave you feeling better, fitter and being healthier, which will help your body composition goals take care of themselves.
So while restricting some of the unhealthy foods you currently may consume is important, letâs also focus on the foods you should be eating more of.
Step 1. Clean out the fridge and cupboard of all of your high sugar and fat products. See it as a spring clean. This means getting rid of frozen desserts, stashes of chocolate and food that is counterproductive to your goals. If you have these foods around you, at some stage you are likely to be tired or stressed or fatigued and may, despite your best intentions, end up consuming them anyway. If you feel bad about throwing them out, give them away or donate them to charity, or even invite some friends or family over for dinner and try to get rid of them then.
Step 2. Get a water bottle. When you are hydrated you function better physically, mentally and emotionally. It will also serve as an appetite suppressant. When you feel better you are less likely to make bad eating decisions based on emotion. Research has indicated that the majority of people are dehydrated at any given time. Donât rob yourself of the health benefits of being hydrated, which include feeling more energetic. Keep your drink bottle with you all day and try to consume a decent amount such as 500ml early in the day to help you stay hydrated all day. The best part? Tap water is cheap and easily accessible.
Step 3. Be organised. You need to have a plan of what you are going to eat and when. Donât get to three oâclock, realise you are hungry and go to the vending machine. Pack some snacks. Most people intend to eat well, but end up being too busy to make something and buy an unhealthy treat. Get some Tupperware and after cooking a healthy dinner, pop the leftovers in and freeze it or take it to work for lunch. When you do have some time, such as on a Sunday, feel free to cook up a big healthy meal and divide it up into smaller portions for consumption during the week. It may sound like a lot of work, but it will save you money, make you healthier and stop you making bad eating decisions based on convenience alone. Also keep some snacks handy. A handful of nuts and seeds in your bag make a nice healthy, filling snack when you are on the move.
Step 4. Be wary of sugar, especially in drinks. A couple of pieces of fruit a day will be all of the sugar your body requires and more. It is very easy to drink your calories, with calorie dense drinks such as soft drink, energy drinks and flavoured milks. Try to stick to water, with the odd tea and coffee during the day.
Step 5. Eat more veggies and salads. This goes without saying. Be adventurous and try some different vegetables and salad ingredients and combinations for variety. On the move? Quick heat up and frozen vegetables can make a quick and healthy meal. Use your vegetables and salads to help you fill up and get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need to feel great.
Step 6. Use cuts of lean meat and eat more fish. Dust off the grill and prepare those lean cuts of lamb and beef, chicken, kangaroo, turkey and pork. Be sure to include lots of fish in your food intake too, with salmon a great option that is high in protein and fatty acids essential for body function. Protein should always form the basis of your meals, with eggs, lentils and nuts also great sources of lean protein. This will assist with muscle growth and repair and also help you feel fuller for longer.
Step 7. If you donât think you can cut out your vices cold turkey, or are worried if you do it could end in a three day sugar and saturated fat bender in a couple of weeksâ time, cut down slowly. It may be just cutting down from one can of soft drink a day to one can every second day, or takeaway three nights a week to takeaway only one. Slowly cut down even further as you go, and you will find that the less you consume sugar and fat, the less you will crave it.
Remember that you will be rewarded for eating well. Feeling great, being healthier and looking good are all great by-products of eating healthy, it doesnât have to be a chore or feel like punishment. If you do fall off the wagon, try and get straight back on and make sure your next meal is healthy, donât make the mistake of saying that you have started the day unhealthy and you may as well continue that way. Healthy eating is the key to building the body you want. Next step is exercise. Stay tuned for part three when we will cover how to design and implement an exercise program to reach your goals.
To find out more about Travis please visit his Facebook page at travisronaldson.com.au
Posted on | October 18, 2012 | Comments Off
Ever wondered what the âGTSâ stands for in Adrenaline GTS? Go-to-shoe. And for thousands of runners the new editionÂ GTS 13 will continue to be just that. Hitting Australian & New Zealand shores soon, the Adrenaline GTS 13 will deliver the perfect fit and feel to help you float along on each and every run.
We have buy clomid without a prescription taken our most-popular shoe and made it even more flexible by adding in Omega Grooves in the forefoot. Add to this the Omni
Grooves, Flextra and stretch eyelets, theseÂ technologies offer, you the runner, the perfect balance of support and comfort.
The GTS 13 will be available in stores in November 2012. For updates on the Adrenaline GTS sign up to our e-newsletter The Run Down.
Posted on | September 27, 2012 | 1 Comment
Guest Author: Travis Ronaldson (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
Spring is upon us and the warmer weather is just around the corner. This means that a lot of people will emerge from their winter exercise hibernation and comfort food and start thinking about focusing on their health again. While gaining a couple of kilograms over winter is nothing unusual, being able to shed them again can be a real challenge. But if you donât, and you gain a couple every winter, you can see how your weight can creep up quite dramatically in only a couple of years. So in a three part series we are going to touch on all of the things that you should be doing to get your health back on track. In this first part of the series we are going to look at allÂ of the little things you need to be doing which will make exercising and eating healthy easier. In part two we will look at some basic nutrition plans and in part three we will look at formulating an exercise program to improve your fitness.
So to start with we need to identify some goals. Not just big goals, but also smaller goals along the way. There is no point saying you want to lose 6kg by Christmas, and then wait until Christmas day to jump on the scales. So what we need to do is identify what our big goals are, and then break them into smaller monthly and even weekly goals to ensure you remain on track, and are making achievements along the way. Letâs say you had a goal for significant weight loss by Christmas, and then you broke that up into smaller weight loss targets by the start of October, November and December respectively. This is step one: identify goals, and then attach a timeline to them, breaking them up into smaller goals.
Â Having weight loss as a goal may sound quite simple, but as you eat healthy and exercise changes occur within your body that may see you lose quite a lot of fat, but also gain a little bit of muscle, meaning that your weight wonât change a great deal on the scales, but you will be substantially healthier. With this in mind it is a good idea to set a body composition goal such as body fat percentage, and also some fitness goals, such as running 3km in under 18 minutes, or performing 20 push ups, or a 2 minute plank. Having some fitness goals will give you something to strive for, and as you work to achieve your fitness goals your body composition goals and weight loss will take care of itself. Step two: set not only body composition and weight loss goals, but also fitness goals. Maybe a cardio goal (such as running, cycling, rowing), a strength goal (25 push ups, squatting 60kg for 10 reps with perfect form) and a core strength goal (plank for time). Working towards something such as a fun run or exercise event is also great. Read more
Posted on | September 5, 2012 | Comments Offkeep looking »