Swansea swimmer Dan Jones defended his Red Bull Neptune Steps title at Merryhill Locks in Glasgow last weekend. The event involves 420m of swimming in cold water and navigating seven locks totalling 10.5m of climbing, often with gushing water hitting your face. It’s become an iconic event, which takes place many weeks before most people […]
A good training camp is just like a good dinner party, with the right mix of people it is bound to be a success and last weeks triathlon camp in Majorca definitely fit the bill. The week started out with 2 days of rain and cold weather so not ideal when you need to be […]
Seeing underwater video of swimmers, comparing the use of wetsuits, pull buys and regular swim suits makes for interesting viewing of what they do to our body position and stroke rate. Here’s a great example of just this from Swim Smooth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufBGPASHxak Obviously, we know that a wetsuit gives much more buoyancy in the water, […]
Learning to pace yourself is a key skill in any endurance event and while technology is now making it easier for us to monitor our effort using power output, speed and heart rate, it’s no replacement for being able to judge your own effort. Limitations of technology As much as it allows us to quantify […]
Of all the kit we need to buy when starting out in triathlon, a wetsuit can be one of the more confusing. For those new to the sport, it’s not always obvious what makes a triathlon wetsuit specific to the requirements of swimming, and what to look out for when shopping for one. At RGActive […]
Getting into open water early in the season is a benefit to any triathlete, regardless of ability. Since this is where we’ll be doing most of our racing, it makes sense to put those winter training lengths to effective use and continue the work in the open water. Many experienced athletes look forward to this […]
Sports induced asthmatics just have to be a bit more cautious with the cold weather.
The small but very enjoyable highlight of my day this time of year is having a warm cuppa, in bed, before I rise and shine. Sometimes it is at 5am, sometimes it is at 6am when I like to indulge in this yummy, must-have treat. You see I definitely will choose caffeine before sleep anytime […]
I’ve never been a particularly fit person; growing up I would hide myself in books and television and hate the PE lessons that had us cross country running, much preferring social sports or things that were over quickly, like a sprint. As I approached 30 I wanted to get back on the fitness lark and […]
I would call this process PEEPing, this is Plan-Execute-Evaluate-Plan, it’s a continuous cycle that we should all do each year, each month, each week and as frequently as each session.