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Nov 17, 2014

Energy flows where attention goes

The confident countdown:

Here are some tips, in chronological order, as we cruise the last couple of days to the start line.

Nov 10, 2014

A confident head space, a piece of cake.

Like baking a cake, we’ve pulled together the separate ingredients of endurance, speed and technique over the last 21 weeks. The cake now needs to “rise”, our focus and energy shifting toward getting our mind into a confident space. A week of mental confidence boosting. The physical training tapers down,.. sharpening up with short, intense sessions. We’ll talk about the icing on your cake next week with race-day tips and strategy.

Nov 03, 2014

Getting fresh

What’s the optimal way for us to use the final 2 weeks before the Queenstown Marathon?

In a word: Taper.

In a sentence: Ease off the really long hard training, sharpen up with short intense sessions, and add lots of recovery, so that you line up for the race as fresh and crisp as you can possibly be!

Oct 30, 2014

The last hard week, the top of the hill!

This week is our pinnacle training week, our hardest of the program. After this hard week we will begin our taper. Congrats on all of your good work to date! Only 3 weeks to the marathon. Time to feel the excitement!

Oct 21, 2014

Don’t get stitched up

Duncan’s a bit concerned about getting the “stitch” around the start of the Marathon.

One of the main causes of stitch is eating too much, too soon before the race start. However, it’s a good idea to have some sort of breakfast on race day, (you’ll need fuel in your tank for the start, as well as top-ups during the race), so this warrants testing in training to get it right.

It’s not just the stitch, it’s also that uncomfortable feeling of too much in your gut, and feeling like throwing up for the first 5 to 10 minutes.