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Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 91 - Holiday training strategies

15 Dec 2021: The Christmas holiday period is coming and whilst it’s meant to be an opportunity for R&R it can involve stress about work, families, travel, and training. So here are a few strategies to think about so you can hit the right balance.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 90 - Prepare to Suffer (Rotorua)

08 Dec 2021: Finally an event is happening! With all the uncertainty our minds probably haven’t been in “race prep mode”, but it’s time to switch into that now. Here’s my take on what to expect from the Rotorua Suffer event..

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 89 - Go faster by walking

24 Nov 2021: Walking in an event is seen as failure by so many people. But have you ever thought about how you can use walking to go faster in an event? Most people doing Ironman and Half IM events are going to benefit from walk breaks and achieve faster overall times.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 88 - How to swim in the open water

17 Nov 2021: Open water swimming has a lot in common with pool swimming, but there are a number of differences too. We’ll go through what those differences are, and what to do about them, so you can make the most of both your pool and open water swimming.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 87 - Dealing with cancelled events

10 Nov 2021: It’s really disappointing to see December Half Ironman events being cancelled. We’re all affected in different ways, and once we start processing that disappointment we can start to see there are opportunities that come from this. Find those opportunities and make the most of them

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 86 - The only two “magic workouts”

20 Oct 2021: We are always looking for those “magic workouts” that will change everything, and I’m here to tell you there are in fact 2 magic workouts. Kind of...

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 85 - One word for guaranteed success

13 Oct 2021: Guaranteed success is a big claim, but if you choose one word (a mantra), constantly reinforce that word to yourself, and live or act out that word, it will massively influence an outcome.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 84 - How to ride a bike (for triathlon)

06 Oct 2021: Obviously you can already ride a bike, but I’m going to give you a few foundational things to check, reminders about key skills on the bike, and triathlon-specific things to work on.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 83 - Training nutrition

29 Sep 2021: The line between training nutrition and day to day nutrition can be very blurry. But if we separate the two, and address what’s needed for each individually, we can build both health and great performance

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 82 - Recovery vs Adaptation

16 Sep 2021: Coaches always talk about the importance of recovery, but the most important thing we are after is actually adaptation. Adaptation comes from an appropriate balance of training load / stress, AND an appropriate level of recovery. Find out how the two of those work together, and how to make sure you are benefitting from your training.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 81 - The annual chat about training intensities

09 Sep 2021: A lot of people try to improve their performance by simply training harder. The problem is they get stuck in a middle "grey zone" of training that feels good but is not improving performance. Listen in to understand why you should use the full range of intensities, and specially the importance of LOW intensity.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 80 - What equipment do I need

01 Sep 2021: Triathlon is an expensive sport and everyone seems to have the flashest equipment out there. But you don’t need all the fancy stuff to enjoy the sport and perform well. Listen in as I talk through the important pieces of equipment so you can decide what’s right for you and where to spend your money.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 79 - Understanding your training plan

25 Aug 2021: Every coach has a different approach to training, so it’s important to understand the thinking behind a training plan. By understanding that, and knowing yourself, you can make sure the two parts marry up to make training successful for you.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 78 - The importance of being adaptable

18 Aug 2021: Last week I talked about the importance of consistency, but consistency is not about being perfect. It’s about adapting to stuff going on around us, whilst staying on track towards our master goal. I’ll give you six ways to be more adaptable, so you can be more consistent over time.

Mr Smith Talks Triathlon Episode 77 - Why consistency is important, and how to achieve it

11 Aug 2021: We all know consistency over time is important, but do you know why? And do you know how to help make it happen? Take 13min out of your day to listen to this podcast, and you’ll be armed with ways to achieve great consistency and great results from your training.

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