Stay Swim Strong with this Yoga Workout

No pool? No home gym? No problem – I’ve got you sorted to be able to maintain your upper body and core strength with this routine during the Covid19 lockdown. One of the great assets of having a regular yoga practice is that you can develop functional strength without needing any equipment. Yoga harnesses the … Continue reading Stay Swim Strong with this Yoga Workout

Larissa’s Berry Nice Vegan Cheesecake

Here in New Zealand we're now in Covid19 lockdown. As a recovering Ironwoman with too much free time on my hands, and limited opportunities to get my endorphin fix outdoors, my other happy place is in the kitchen getting creative. It's blueberry season here so today I bought a few punnets of these immunity boosting … Continue reading Larissa’s Berry Nice Vegan Cheesecake

RACE PREPARATION NUTRITION – Guidelines for Ultra Distance Events

So here you are, just a week away from your key race, wondering what else you can possibly do to get an extra 2% out of yourself on the big day. Refining your nutrition pre-event may give you the boost you’re seeking if you’re a first timer, or you still don’t have a tried and … Continue reading RACE PREPARATION NUTRITION – Guidelines for Ultra Distance Events

Downward Facing Dog Pose – a full body stretch for every athlete

This full body posterior stretch is an excellent fundamental pose for both lengthening and strengthening your body. It builds strong wrists, arms and shoulders, while releasing tension in your back, hips, hamstrings, calves and ankles. Both runners and cyclists can benefit from the all-over stretch. For swimmers, this pose can help build upper body strength … Continue reading Downward Facing Dog Pose – a full body stretch for every athlete

Skipping hand in hand with a gorilla over the 140.6 finish line (repost)

I was honoured to be asked to write a guest post for KAW Tri Boutique (aka Kick Ass Women) to share my triathlon comeback journey. Why would a yogi decide to do an Ironman when she turned 50? There’s a short answer: in my early twenties I’d had a fling with triathlon, and loved it, … Continue reading Skipping hand in hand with a gorilla over the 140.6 finish line (repost)

Green Goddess Summer Salad

With a couple of free weeks in between Ironman training blocks, I've been back in the kitchen playing with food. Some of my go-to flavours are lime, coriander and chilli. This recipe is my version of a divine salad I always order at my favourite restaurant. It's packed full of protein for my vegan friends … Continue reading Green Goddess Summer Salad

Free your Shoulders and Upper Back with these Stretches

Swimmers, cyclists and triathletes are prone to aches and niggles in their necks, shoulders and upper backs. There can be many causes, but two common ones are repetitive use injuries, like rotator cuff pain in swimming; and having poor upper body posture from hours hunched over your handlebars or looking up from your aerobars. There … Continue reading Free your Shoulders and Upper Back with these Stretches

A Bite of Something Yummy Truffles

Have you ever had those times when you stand in front of the fridge and think to yourself: 'I want a bit of something yummy, but I don't know what I feel like having.' As a triathlete, this happens to me regularly. The hardest time is between meals and training sessions, when I want a … Continue reading A Bite of Something Yummy Truffles

NZ Blackcurrants Pack a Performance Punch

Did you know that eating a handful of blackcurrants could improve your speed, endurance and recovery? New Zealand blackcurrants have gained attention because they appear to have unique health and performance properties not found in other fruits. Specific running and cycling benefits have been observed following blackcurrant ingestion, whereas performance improvements following intake of other … Continue reading NZ Blackcurrants Pack a Performance Punch

The Big Fat Chat – Part 2

Now it’s time to look at how fats fit into your diet as an endurance athlete. Let me get the scientific gobbledegook out of the way first. (If you missed Part 1, where I talk about the role of fat in sports performance, you can find it here.) Most of the fat found in your … Continue reading The Big Fat Chat – Part 2