Training

  • Scared of a DNF? Here’s how to power to the finish line

    Scared of a DNF? Here’s how to power to the finish line

    4th March 2015

    A DNF can leave you broken and demoralised. So how do you bounce back, and more importantly, avoid one? It’s all about level-headed risk management, say leading international experts. Discover their top tips for powering to the finish line. “Whether…

  • Ian Walker: Training and nutrition for the Volvo Ocean Race

    Ian Walker: Training and nutrition for the Volvo Ocean Race

    25th February 2015

    To celebrate the birthday of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Skipper Ian Walker, we look into the challenges he faces with training and nutrition while on his Volvo Ocean Race journey… © Matt Knighton “We’ve just crossed the equator!” Those were the…

  • Training diary: triathlon novice

    Training diary: triathlon novice

    30th January 2015

    As a breaststroke-swimming, non-runner with a shopping bike, Catherine Jevans seems an unlikely triathlete. Yet through a series of unrelated events she’s found herself enrolled for a first triathlon. Meet the triathlon novice… Catherine Jevans, 46 – works for a wine…

  • 7 steps to breathe like a freediver

    7 steps to breathe like a freediver

    30th January 2015

    Freedivers swim extraordinary distances and depths on one lungful of air, using techniques that could benefit any runner or rider. We caught up with superstar of the deep Hanli Prinsloo to find out more… 1. Become aware of your breathing,…

  • Lower back ache from cycling

    Lower back ache from cycling

    29th January 2015

    Physiotherapist, Tobias Bremer answers reader’s questions including this one on diagnosing lower back ache among cyclists. Q. My lower back aches after cycling. Why, and what can I do about it? Paul Hyde, by email A. Obviously the first port of call…

  • How James Cracknell would survive an obstacle race

    How James Cracknell would survive an obstacle race

    29th January 2015

    Former Olympic rower James Cracknell reveals how he would survive and thrive in a muddy, challenging obstacle race.. I competed in the Tough Guy a few years back – and I guess the Marathon des Sables also counts (admittedly the…

  • Training diary: multi-day sportive ride

    Training diary: multi-day sportive ride

    28th January 2015

    Next June, Jack Sedgwick will be cycling across the Alps in a multi-day sportive, which is going to demand serious training. Trouble is, he needs to fit it in around a busy job and a baby son. Jack Sedgwick, 31…

  • Training diary: ultra marathon

    Training diary: ultra marathon

    28th January 2015

    In training for the week-long Marathon des Sables in the Sahara, Darren Grigas has just completed his first multi-day ultra run, the three-day, 84-mile Druid Challenge. DARREN GRIGAS, 37 – Web designer Darren lives in Peterborough and is rapidly increasing the…

  • Make every mile count: Supercharge your cycle

    Make every mile count: Supercharge your cycle

    16th January 2015

    Supercharge your cycle with these three workouts from coach Tom Hodgkinson. It’s easy to fall into the trap of riding every mile at the same speed, putting the same effort into every climb and coasting downhill. These three sessions will…

  • Find the optimum tyre pressure for your bike

    Find the optimum tyre pressure for your bike

    14th January 2015

    Improve your performance by finding the optimum tyre pressure for your bike. 1. For best performance, a tyre needs to run at optimum pressure levels, dependant on the road surface, conditions and rider weight. Reducing pressure means less power is…