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Tips & Tricks

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The Importance of….Doing your Race Research!

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

Doing your race home work could be the making and breaking of you! Especially if its your first time competing in that race. Let me elaborate on that. Adventure/multi-sport races are about endurance. Spreading your energy levels out. So not knowing what is around the corner could be the undoing of you. I have seen first [...]

20 Top Race Tips

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

With The Blackstairs Adventure Race, Clare Island Adventure Race & Gaelforce Connemara Adventure Challenge fast approaching, it's important you will not be left wanting at the starting line. Check out these 20 tips to help you make the most of your day!       1. Gear Up If you are a [...]

5 Reasons to Run on Different Surfaces

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Running, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , |

1. Injury prevention In order to minimize the opportunity of getting injured, you should really try and get off the hard surfaces. Those high impact surfaces. The ones that batter the joints i.e. concrete, tarmac. Over time these will absolutely crucify the body. 2. A change is always good Monotony can be killer. Motivation levels can [...]

Kayaking for Adventure Racers – Getting On-board by Mike Jones

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Kayaking, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Getting on-board This is the first in a series of blogs to help build your confidence and skills around the one bit of the race you probably haven’t trained for! That’s OK though I am sure you have been kayaking before on a school tour or on a summer camp and you ran across the boats [...]

Race week – Carb loading?

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Nutrition, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

With big calendar races like Quest Glendalough & Shore 2 Summit coming this weekend, the queries have started to filter through again. One of the more common questions we receive is on "Carb Loading" and do I need to carb load and if so how much? So before I answer that, lets see why we need Carbs at all... [...]

Conquer Heavy Leg Syndrome

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Cycling, Kayaking, Running, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For anyone who has ever gotten the heavy legs after transitions, you know it can be very frustrating. But there are ways & tricks to get around it. Before I tell you those, lets get to understand why exactly it happens. Reason 1: When cycling, the blood is mainly directed up into the quads in what [...]

The Importance Of…Listening To Your Body

By | March 11th, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Whilst training, it's sometimes easy to get carried away and think you're invincible. Do not get me wrong, it's so important as a self-motivator to be in the frame of mind that no hill is too steep or no distance too long...It's essential that we get in a positive frame of mind to maximize our [...]

5 Race Day Mistakes

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So the big day has arrived and you are bursting the traps trying to get out and own that mountain...well take note of the following pointers to avoid disaster. Every athlete at some stage or another has fallen foul to a couple of these...no matter what level they are at. Rest There is an old Irish [...]

What Do I Need To Get Started…

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Your first steps into the world of multi-sport/adventure racing may be daunting but fear not. I will admit when I first decided I was going to give it a go, I was intimidated, not least by the race itself, the training involved to get me up to speed but from a financial side of things. What [...]

Roll on the 2nd Day Aches…

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Injury Prevention, Tips & Tricks, Training|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Until late last summer, I would equally look forward and fear the 2nd day pains...You always knew that in order to get those pains, you have been doing something right. As the old wise ass in the dressing room would gleefully proclaim "Sure that's just weakness leaving the body". And to a point he would be [...]