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Open water swimming can often be a tricky business. So many times I've spoken to people who perform well in the pool, yet they just can't 'produce the goods' on race day, in particular when swimming open water.  When you consider the fact that the swim comes first in a triathlon event, making sure you get off to a good start is critical to get you into a positive frame of mind. If you have a poor swim, you've got the rest of the event to regret it, which won't help your bike and run performance. To those people who...

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Last week we explained why exercise in the heat is such a problem and the physiological process of keeping cool. In this week’s blog, I’ll explain how you can acclimatise before you travel, the physiological changes that take place as a consequence of acclimatisation and simple tips to ensure you stay hydrated and perform at your best.  It’s a bit cold up North, so acclimatising might be difficult!! Okay, if you live in the North of the UK and you’re traveling abroad to race, then you might be struggling to understand how you can possibly acclimatise. In simple terms, to...

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Forefoot running has become a real trend in recent years, largely due to the publication of a book about a certain Mexican tribe, who ran barefoot for millions of miles without even needing to stop for a drink (something like that). The running shoe industry followed suit and designed shoes to encourage forefoot running and coaches encouraged people to take shorter strides and land on the balls of the foot. The term 'heel striking' is generally greeted with a pained expression by most runners, as 'heel striking' is BAD... it's VERY BAD... or is it? What's the theory behind forefoot...

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Cycle Training Articles, The Endurance Store -

So last week we posted a blog titled, 'why runners can't cycle quickly'. The basis of the blog was that cycling requires a certain amount of leg strength, which is not the case for running. Our observations were that many runners who take up cycling prefer to ride in easier gears and 'spin' rather than push bigger gears. As a result, they tend not to be able to match the same power as cyclists on flat courses or short sharp incline, but are able to perform on longer gradual climbs. You can read the article in full by checking last...

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To be honest, some of them can, but I wanted to get your attention with the title. Another Ironman event done and dusted and numerous questions from competitors have lead to this blog post. It's a simple question, what's the difference in terms of fitness between running and cycling? Why doesn't running necessarily make you a great cyclist or vice versa? They are both endurance activities, both aerobic and both use your legs, but what's the difference? Testing 1,2,3... The answer to some extent lies in the way we test cyclists and runners. People who visit us for VO2 testing...

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