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Browse through a collection of some education articles, race reports and other thoughts and insights from my point of view as an endurance athlete


Challenge Roth 2017 Race Report

July 14, 2017

With all the hype and excitement prior to this big event I made sure to arrive a few days ahead of the race to give myself enough time to prepare and ...


Foundation Training for triathletes – Part 2

August 30, 2016

In the first part of this serie I talked about the concept behind Foundation Training and why it’s useful in particular for triathletes. If you ...


Foundation Training for triathletes – Part 1

August 9, 2016

In this 3 part series I want to talk a little bit about my experience with Foundation Training and how I use it to help me with injury prevention and ...


Race Report – How I raced my first Ironman

July 5, 2016

“Nothing comes easy, if you want something bad enough, you will get it, but don’t wait for it to come to you, you have to get up, get goin...


Strength Training – Your anti-aging and longevity secret

May 30, 2016

As we get older our muscles can become smaller and weaker. Beyond the age of 30, we lose approximately 3kg of muscle mass per decade. Research finding...


Training Update #4 – Training camp in Mallorca

May 2, 2016

Mallorca – An athlete’s paradise It doesn’t come as a big surprise that this island is a cycling Mecca and great training ground.Esp...


Training Update #3

April 6, 2016

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone over the last months. I am now 6 months into my new training program and 12 weeks away from my first ...


Karri Valley Race Report

March 23, 2016

There is a particular history to this race. In 2014 I was helping as a volunteer on the course and was watching in agony with a broken shoulder. 2015 ...


Hustle – Time to get grounded

February 19, 2016

The alarm goes off at 5am, I get pulled out of my sleep, the bed is so nice and warm, it’s still dark and cold outside…no you don’t want to get up, yo...


Training Update #2

February 15, 2016

I am now well and truly in the middle of my Pre-Season training phase and training has started to “feel real”. I have been cruising throug...


Intelligent recovery – insights and more

February 3, 2016

In two of my previous posts I have talked about the importance of recovery and how to use HRV to measure your fatigue and your level of recovery. I wa...


Training Update #1

January 16, 2016

I will post more regular updates on how my training is going in preparation for the IRONMAN race in June. This is part of my fundraising challenge as ...


Creating healthy habits and your perfect Day Itinerary

January 15, 2016

Reading time: 10 minutes Over the time I have created some useful and healthy habits that I use on a daily basis. It’s like a little tool kit th...


Wrap-up of 2015

January 1, 2016

Looking back at 2015, I think I would sum it up with the following two words: discovery and consistency  I’ve discovered my passion and desire o...


Recovery – Make it a priority

December 23, 2015

Quite often when people hear the word recovery in sports, they jump to the conclusion that it’s just an excuse to make training easier. In fact,...


Periodization – structure your training season

December 1, 2015

Purplepatch coaching introduced me to a well known paradigm in the athletic training world, Periodization. I somehow followed a periodization training...


Benchmark week

November 10, 2015

My first 2 training weeks on the new purplepatch fitness training program are done! After a nice introduction to the program by one of the coaches I w...


Training and Coaching – My new season ahead

October 29, 2015

I took some time to think about how I want to approach my next triathlon season. So far I have been self coached with support from local coaches from ...


HRV for Dummies

October 2, 2015

A while ago while researching different topics on training stress, fatigue and recovery, I stumbled across HRV  (Heart Rate Variability) and how it is...


Reflecting on goals and expectations

September 22, 2015

My last season ended with racing at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Champs in Zell am See in Austria! What an amazing experience and a great way to finish off ...


Transition and preparation

September 22, 2015

After finishing my last race end of August I decided to take a few weeks off training for a mental and physical break before I go into the next season...

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