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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 This is a misguided and outdated view, mostly based on the fact that fat is more calorie dense and easily eaten to excess.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

Larissa’s Get-Up-And-Go Granola

I never had an appetite for breakfast until I started training for Ironman and found myself ravenous after grunty 3000m early morning swim squad sessions. When you’re training twice a day your breakfast often doubles as a recovery meal, so it’s really important to make sure it has a good balance of carbohydrates, fats and … Continue reading Larissa’s Get-Up-And-Go Granola

Protein and Peak Performance – Part 2

In Part 1 I established that there’s a benefit in eating more protein than the recommended daily allowance of 0.8 – 0.9 gram per day for general health maintenance. An athlete in regular endurance training should aim for a daily intake of between 1.2 grams and 1.8 grams daily – less when training volume and … Continue reading Protein and Peak Performance – Part 2

Protein and Peak Performance– Part 1

A lot is known about protein needs for strength and power athletes such as swimmers, gymnasts, track athletes and wrestlers. Lean muscle gain is a well-researched topic. There is less certainty about the amount of protein that will optimise training and performance for endurance athletes. This is because the primary emphasis for stamina-based sports is … Continue reading Protein and Peak Performance– Part 1

What You Need to Know About Antioxidants and Exercise – it might surprise you

When you exercise, your active muscles and organs produce molecules – one group of these are free radicals and reactive oxygen species. They have the potential to damage your cells, and they’re called pro-oxidants, or oxidants for short. In a healthy person, the body has its own supply of antioxidants that it uses to disarm … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Antioxidants and Exercise – it might surprise you