Have you entered an event and then said, “OMG I don’t think I do it”? This is more common than you think, when a new athlete joins me and suffers from this anxiety, I treat it as more of “I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’ll find out”. The great thing about entering an event outside your comfort zone is that you will finish because mentally you are prepared to finish!
Today it’s easier than ever before to start a small Business, some can be done alongside your current occupation. All you need is an idea and a tonne of passion and commitment. Although its easier to get started, there is still a lot of hard work ahead.
The world of Business today has evolved an incredible amount and is more cost effective than before. The coaching business I started in 2008, was exciting and challenging. My new launch of Coach Craig Moore in 2017 is
This week I had another awesome sports therapy session with Wayne Armour the Body Mechanic. We talk a lot during the session, between my yelps of pain, but afterwards everything was so loose and relaxed that it made me reflect on my past experiences with massage and other forms of therapy.
Getting good therapy is vital and everyone should be having some form of body therapy on a regular basis.
Recently I had a conversation with someone who plays rugby and basketball but wants to target an Ironman. Awesome, I said, how are you going to fit in your training? “I’m not sure”, was the reply, “I’m struggling to get things going”.
Getting started can be daunting at times no matter your sport, exercise regime or target event. Hands up those who love pre-season training?? Not many hands! Sometimes the thought of getting off the couch and doing some exercise is overwhelming so I thought I’d post a few of my strategies and thoughts below, I hope this is helpful!?
The last weekend in June I organised another Swim Smooth weekend with New Zealand Swim Smooth coach Russell Smith from Hamilton. What an awesome weekend of swimming and learning. The morning was spent videoing and then analysing the video’s and the afternoon we were in the water correcting technique. It’s not often that you come across someone who has a great way with people and an awesome ability to coach. So while driving to the Sunday session I asked Russell a few questions about some of the things he had seen on Saturday.
Well I've finally signed up for Movember. After many years of remembering halfway through Movember I've remembered in time!! Woo Hoo!
Remember Movember is all about developing awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, and metal health.
Are you man enough????
Well so far so good! The first weekend without sugar was definitely the hardest, but I survived and I'm sticking to the challenge. So far I've lost 1.3kg and I've not been exercising much or doing anthing else. My diet has stayed the same albiet without sugar or products containing more than 4g sugar per 100g/mls. I've also lost 1cm off my waistline. I'm finding now that I don't crave sugar nor do I look for sweets in the pantry (which we have - tempting me!) like I use to. It will be interesting in December when I try a sugary product to see what happens, you have to admit sugar is pretty addictive!
After watching Nigel Latta:Is Sugar the new Fat?, my wife and I decided to set ourselves a Sugar Challenge for October. We both want to improve our health and sugar awareness, so we put the below challenge together (not sure how I will cope without Cake!). I intend to get a health check before and after to measure any changes, we would love for you to join us and the rest of the team doing the challenge.
Another year has gone by and things have been very busy on the Tri-Planet front. I’ve been doing a lot of work with athletes on swim and run technique, keep an eye on the website and Facebook next year for useful pieces of information that will really help you. I’ve also had the privilege of helping with the TriNZ High Performance Junior South Island development weekend as well coaching and training the juniors for the Canterbury Triathlon Club.
Had an awesome day and managed to get to both the start and the finish line which was brilliant :) The swim went really and was probably my favourite part of the day. It was a bit daunting to see how choppy the lake was, however I'd been out the day before in similar conditions so knew it was fine. I had a great warm uproutine thanks to your sessions which really helped relax and focus me. I started quite a way out to the right (left hand turns through the course) so had a lot of space to myself. It meant no one to draft off but in the conditions that would have been hard anyway. At the first turn the lake suddenly got very shallow, it was so odd being able to see this gorgeous sandy bottom and I had to constantly fight the urge to put my feet down and see if I could touch the bottom!
Happy New Year everyone. Now that the festive season is behind us and the reality of being back at work has hit home, we tend to reflect on the last year or look towards the new year.
A lot of people have made New Years Resolutions but how many of us actually follow through with them?? We make that first initial step to say “I want to change or dosomething” and sometimes thats are far as we get. Most people tend to look towards improving their health and why wouldn’t you it's the most important one but the least important on your list of priorities! How often do you say to yourself, I should check to see what I’m eating and make sure I’m getting enough fluids. I bet you never say i should book myself in for a full medical and make sure my health is in order!
Last month I was up in Auckland visitIng friends and meeting up with the Triathlon NZ director of coaching. While I was there I hired a mountain bike and cycled the bike course for the Auckland triathlon as part of my race preparation. For those of you who are entering the race and have not had the opportunity to cycle the course then check out the information below. I can tell you that it is a hilly course but the climbs are short and there are only a couple of steepish ones. I've also added some photos of some of the climbs for you to visualize, as well as the elevations.
This Years Spring Challenge was epic for me. It took a long time to get a team sorted for the event. For some reason there's not that many woman I know who are chomping at the bit to do a 6hr adventure race! There were a few women who said they'd love to but couldn't afford the entry, a few who said it sounded great but they'd never be able to do it. So after registering 1 team and pulling out, I slotted into a friends team who had an injury. After weeks of training together and only 3 weeks from the race 1 of the team members pulled out due to pregnancy. We were really lucky to get a another woman to join the team at such late notice, especially one who was such an athlete.
What fun there is to be had in racing, the battles you have during the race, the body pumping with adrenaline, the muscles screaming at you to stop and the exhilaration when you cross that finish line! The Enduro is a 2.6km run, 9km bike, 1.3km run, 9km bike, 1.3km run and is the 3rd and final race of the JD Duathlon Series.
As I’ve been in Denmark for 2 months I had missed the first two duathlons, but was determined to make this one. Spent the morning before the race putting on my Tri-Planet wheel covers, they are really cheap and do the same job as a disc wheel (well almost!), go to www.wheelbuilder.com to get some!
Winter is without a doubt the most difficult time of year to train. Not only do you have limited hours of light and sometimes freezing cold weather but motivation is also hard to maintain! It’s easy to say “It’s raining I’m not training”, or “It’s too cold”.
Why not start here! For everyone it’s different, but I find goal setting the easiest way to maintain motivation, races certainly help with this. If there are no races then plan your training with a few swim, bike or run time-trials each month.
Christchurch – Ruapuna Raceway - Novice: 1.3 km run, 13.2 km bike, 1.3 km run
Who would have thought 18 months ago I would be heading into my 13th competitive sports event. Before this the last sports event I was involved in was “dragon boating” and this was over 11 years prior, which to be honest didn’t require a very high level of fitness to paddle a boat for just over 60 seconds.
Who would have thought that opening up your local paper could give you more energy and help with weight loss and this almost sounds like one of those ads on TV, “But wait there’s more” what a cliché however in this case its true.
My name is Debs, I’m a 46 year old farmer and I need to lose 10 kg, there I said it, its out there and now I have to do something about it. I’m on the go all the time with the farm and the animals, I look after them, better than I do myself, I live too far from town to do the take away thing and my pantry and fridge do hold a lot of healthy foods, but my weight problem is not eating poorly nor eating too much, my weight problem comes from not eating on a regular basis and also not doing enough aerobic & strengthening exercises.
The Rise Up Team Challenge was created after the earthquakes that recently struck Christchurch, this was a fun event catering for everyone designed to start people back on the road to a healthy active lifestyle. Any profits from the event went towards re-building triathlon services in Christchurch. With this in mind I couldn't help but enter a Tri-Planet team to show our support to the people of Christchurch. Very little arm twisting was required and in no time at all I had Caren and Natasha signed up for Team Tri-Planet!
Firstly thanks to all those who gave me words of encouragement, support and congratulations. Especially Craig for his last minute “tweaking” maybe my swimming isn't a lost cause after all. This race was a target for me and it was an absolute buzz, blast and adrenaline rush to complete it successfully.
Conditions were calm….unbelievable for Wellington. The dawn atmosphere at transition was tense and electric. Not sure if that was the anticipation of racing or a result of the possibly pending tsunami on its way.