Category Archives: Ethos

End of Season Reviews

Some of our athletes are finished for the year. Taking a break, looking back, knowing that you did what you could. All of these are important skills that each athlete needs to learn.

Congratulations to Tim at the London Triathlon at the weekend – goal achieved despite a season of training skewed by external pressures.

Similarly well done to Sean, performing at Bontranger 24/12 despite a massive reduction in training time and increase in life stress. One place off the podium in a harder field than last year. Some gains are not measurable by position.

Autumn is about to fall. The weather has broken and many athletes are just awaking. Keeping motivated in the lead into fall races is always hard, hours are less, weather more unpredictable, life catches up after the summer break.

Focus. Simplicity. Targets.

All of these things will allow them to continue.

Request for 100km running race advice.

A referred email from clients. Advice about the psychology that is needed to cover 100km by foot. No talk of pace, no talk of time, just thought.

It made me think, so I share.

Hi there,

BIG question there. “What do you need mentally to get through an ultra?”

For me, from both an ultra running, triathlon and cycling background it comes down to one thing: You need to want it. More than anything.

If at any point you feel that you don’t belong at the race – you’re in trouble. You can not let that even cross your mind.

Training is training – racing is racing. You train to race, not the other way around. Simulate the racing in your training – be focused on the fact that it’s not a long run today and a long run tomorrow.

It’s a run today, a run tomorrow.

It’s not long compared to 100km. So do it, move on, then come race day it will be easier. Incremental focus. Focus on the task, not the enormity of it.

During racing itself incremental focus is more important than anything. Breaking a race down is the way to deal with it. Don’t think of a 100km race, think of an easy paced 10km run. Then think about another easy paced 10km run. Repeat until you happen to cover 100k. Focus on the total of the event and it will break you.

However, fail to understand or appreciate that totality of the event and the demands that it will place on you physically at your peril. It may break you. But so may stepping off the kerb.

Be aware, not wary. Knowledgeable, not paranoid. You are capable of making the decisions, not the race itself.

Mostly. Enjoy it. 100km is not that far.


Cyclocross Nationals 2013

Good luck to all our long term coached athletes competing at their National Cyclocross Championships this weekend.

Remember; Don’t think about the pain, use it to race harder, ignore your brain and push like it is the last race of your season.

It is.

Pic: Jo Haggleband

Alan Dorrington

Sean Downey

Dave O’Neil



Starting Anew

New year. New resolutions. New aims. New objectives.

The end of the year and the start of a new one signifies some sort of mystical chance to start anew for many people. Why we assume that something will change on the first of January is uncertain. How it differs from today unclear. Why it can not start today unknown.

The first six weeks of January will see people take hold of new goals. Talk about them, think about them, ultimately fail to fulfil them. For many, six weeks is the difference between creating a habit, or giving up on something.

Failing to do something is not a bad thing.

Failing is a chance for evaluation.

Failing is a chance to learn

  • Why did I not achieve what I set out to do?
  • How can I achieve what I want?
  • What DO I want?

Only by asking these questions, writing down the answers, addressing the issues can we hope to progress. Everything we do has purpose. We must learn from that purpose.

Asking these questions before we undertake a new training regime, seeking help from those more experienced than us, opening ourselves to outside examination. These things will help us learn, progress and eventually achieve.