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

The Big Fat Chat – Part 1

Fat has been blamed for a variety of health issues over the years and unfortunately the low-fat myth still persists. This is a misguided and outdated view, mostly based on the fact that fat is more calorie dense and easily eaten to excess. However, if you want to optimise your health and performance it’s essential … Continue reading The Big Fat Chat – Part 1

Lengthen Your Stroke With This Stretch

There are four phases to the freestyle swim stroke: the catch, the pull, the exit and the recovery. If you do a web search how to improve your swim stroke, you’ll find oodles of technical advice and plenty of conflict. Which isn’t really very helpful when you want to learn how to go faster in … Continue reading Lengthen Your Stroke With This Stretch

Avoid Hip Pain and Strain With These Simple Stretches

While having good core strength through your hips and pelvis is essential for alignment, power and efficiency, overly tight hips and glutes can contribute to mechanical problems such as lower back and sacroiliac discomfort, sciatica, hamstring strains and knee pain. In swimming the glutes and hip flexors generate force through legs for your kick. In … Continue reading Avoid Hip Pain and Strain With These Simple Stretches