My best races

I do duathlons, triathlons and 5k – they are what are important for me. I was reflecting on my ‘best’ ones and why they were the best. I’ve been thinking about this post for a while. What struck me was that my first thoughts as to what were ‘best’ were purely performance related. I guess…

Race Lesson Learnt

Race season is well and truly upon us. I had a reasonably good race last weekend. But ignoring that the point of this post is about race prep. I always take the kitchen sink to races. A car full of rubbish I never use (just like the first time you did a triathlon). Anyway. Now…

Tip 49 of 50 : Get a 5K PB *NOW* #howtogeta5kpb

  ** Familiarise yourself with the course and with your pre-race routine. If you are unfamiliar with any aspect you MAY worry about it. I could go on  about this but lack of preparation and familiarisation might affect your race psychology and/or warm-up All the suggestions are starred: *** 3 stars. IMHO it will work…

Tip 45 of 50 : Get a 5K PB *NOW* #howtogeta5kpb

* Pinch yourself hard before that final sprint. (I don’t think this will work but causing a bit of pain might give you a quick adrenaline rush) Only use this for the sprint, apparently extreme amounts of pain prior to competing in other events can give boosts because of raised blood pressure from the pain.…

Tip 43 of 50 : Get a 5K PB *NOW* #howtogeta5kpb

*X Running cadence. Aim for about 90-95 strides a minute (180-190 footfalls). If this is quite different from your current natural cadence then changing it for the weekend is unlikely to make a difference – other than a NEGATIVE difference. All the suggestions are starred: *** 3 stars. IMHO it will work ** 2 stars.…