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Mr Smith Talks Triathlon

Author: Gerrard Smith & Doug Stark

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Practical triathlon advice for every-day athletes (not just the racing snakes…)
42 Episodes
Update - Sept 2019

Update - Sept 2019


Quick update to explain podcast on hold for a few weeks while Gerrard juggles priorities.We'll be back early November
Training with others is great for social support and the challenge to push harder or longer than you might otherwise. But it is all too easy to push too hard too often. We talk about how to make group training work for you across swim, bike, and run disciplines.
There is a lot of different equipment you can use in both training and racing, and all of it has benefits. However there is a lot you can do with the basics, so we give some guidance on the different options to help pick and choose the things that will make the biggest difference for you.
We live in a world of instant gratification so it’s common to want/expect instant fitness returns too. But it just doesn’t work like that. True peak fitness takes time and is hard earned. We talk about the importance of thinking long term, but taking small daily steps towards your goal. 
Who has a GPS watch or bike computer they look at to see how long they have been going and how fast they have been going? There is so much more more these devices can do for you, but as always we focus on the key things that will make the biggest difference to you. 
No one loves a time trial, and most people will avoid them if possible. But you should not dread them. Time Trials are fantastic training sessions, and an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself. If you don’t do that learning throughout training you can’t be at your absolute best on race day. 
Nutrition can be such a confusing area so this week we give you some simple and practical ways to tweak your current nutrition without needing a complete overhaul. Spoiler alert: it should be as simple as fuelling your training and recovery for performance, then eating less and eating for health at other times. 
Training zones are there to help you get the most out of your training (rather than take the fun out of it as some people believe!). But you need to understand the training zones associated with your training plan, and why some zones are more beneficial than others. 
There are 8 Half Ironman distance events around New Zealand between December and March. Each of those is different so listen in to find out which one(s) might appeal or be good for you. 
Nutrition changes of sound simple but they’re not always easy to make stick. Instead of trying to change everything at once just pick one thing and commit to doing to well for 3 weeks to build a new habit. We’ve got 5 different ideas for you to choose from. 
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