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The Endurance Blog

Anxiety on race day (part 1) - What's the worry?

On twitter recently I've noticed a growing trend for 'virtual races' or 'virtual events'. If you're not familiar with them, the basic principle is that you go and run 10k or any other distance (you can run any time, wherever you like) and then you send an email, proving you've ran 10k, who then sends you a medal for your efforts. There's no results, you're not running at the same time as other people, you simply go for a run and then you get a medal for it. Now... I've got a few thoughts on this... firstly I'd like to...

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Fitting your wetsuit correctly... your questions answered.

One of the most common issues we see is wetsuits which don't fit swimmers correctly. Sometimes it's due to way it's been put on and other times, it's just the wrong size suit. If your suit doesn't fit, the 2 outcomes are that you'll swim slower and you'll also risk getting very cold. IMPORTANT: We've realised over the years that 'sizing charts' are NOT a good guide. Most sizing guides are generous and can lead to the suit being too big. Here's our most common fitting problems and how to solve them: 1. "I don't have a swim specific suit,...

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An obsession with training output can seriously mess with your head...

If you read page 1 of most 'coaching books' it will start with 'monitoring progress'. If you keep a training diary, you will hopefully see your power output or running speed progressing on a weekly basis, throughout the training plan. There's a general view that when you train, you should 'progress' from week to week and you can 'track your progress' by recordingĀ metrics.Ā  I've got to be honest... I've never started a training program and watched my power output increase week on week in a progressive, linear fashion. Generally I have good days and bad days, some weeks I feel...

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Swim Club Blog: Is Swimming The Least Important Of The 3 Triathlon Disciplines?

I've heard it so many times I've heard it so many times... "the swim is the shortest part of the triathlon, you spend much more time on the bike and run, so your training time should reflect that". If you're a weaker swimmer then that might be music to your ears, but sadly it's not the truth and I'm here to explain why you need to re-think your view. Every year I see triathletes lining up at the start of the swim, dreading the first discipline. You can tell that all they're thinking is "once this is over and I...

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The Injurance Blog pt2 - Plantar Fasciitis and endurance athletes

In addition to our regular Endurance Blog, which covers topics related to endurance coaching and nutrition, we will also be publishing Injurance Blog, which cover common injury topics for endurance athletes. We work in conjunction with A6 Physiotherapy and Axis Podiatry who contribute their expert advice for each blog post. If you have any questions, post them on THE ENDURANCE STORE Facebook Page, where this blog in posted. Owning a running store, possibly the most common injury we see is plantar fasciitis, which is pain in the bottom of the foot or under the heel bone. It can prevent you...

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