Developing the Skills To Succeed: Learning to Learn

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Written by Coach Chris White - As a collective of coaches at MEC, we are constantly discussing how we can help our athletes learn. Similar to being a teacher, we see our role as facilitating education, improvement and helping the student or athlete become more proficient in a given task. In these coaching discussions, one thing that comes up regularly is the issue of 'learning how to learn.' For me, I certainly wasn't taught how to learn at school and... Read more.

The Parable of Climbing the High Performance Mountain

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Written by Coaches Chris White & Michael Harvey - The pursuit of high performance in sport requires certain traits. The journey is of course different for each individual athlete, however there are underpinning requirements to reach each level of the performance continuum, which can be summed up when looking at the process of ‘Climbing the High Performance Mountain.’ Level 1: Introduction to the Mountain Mountains have been there for people to climb, conquer and challenge themselves forever.  The ‘mountains’ that... Read more.

Building Resilience: Olympic Insights to becoming a more resilient athlete

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Written by Coach Chris White - The definition of resilience is, "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”  It is a skill or attribute that is now very much recognised as valuable in workplaces, schools and sports settings all around Australia.  Developing resilience is a key part of the development of any team or individual athlete.  Whether that includes the resilience to handle pressure, the resilience to come back from injury or the resilience to dig deep and carry on... Read more.

How the Olympics can Show the way for Junior Athletes

Written by Coach Chris White With the Olympics underway in Tokyo this year, its worth remembering that many of our 70.3, long course or Ironman champions such as Daniela Ryf, Alistair Brownlee, Javier Gomez and Jan Frodeno all focused a large section of their early careers on the Olympic Distance triathlon.  Not only that, they were the best in the world at the Olympic distance.  Brownlee is a double gold medalist, Frodeno won gold in 2008, Gomez is a 5... Read more.

Mindfulness

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Written by Coach Mon Liston Mindfulness is a practice of being acutely aware of your own experience right here and now, in the moment. It’s making a relationship with our experience as it happens, however unpredictable it may be. It may seem like a new fad for many as you’ll have noticed the idea of being ‘mindful’ has been thrown around a lot in recent years. That’s mainly because it has been adopted by the newest 'wave' of psychotherapies, which... Read more.

Data: If, how and when we use it

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Written by coach Michael Harvey Over the years the athletes who I've seen grow and develop the most are indeed the athletes who have learnt how to listen to their bodies. Whilst I coach in triathlon, I'm a student of sport and it's clear to me from a lifetime watching everything from synchronised swimming to mixed martial arts that to achieve your best, Socrates had it nailed all those years ago with 'know thyself'. I've had athletes challenge and push... Read more.

Eating to Race Long

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Written by Coach Michael Harvey Eating a balance of what your body requires is what sets you up to be able to train effectively, back up and recover properly and in the case of this blog, race to your potential. My experience coaching has shown me that people either massively under eat during races or massively overeat. If you are relatively new or inexperienced in racing long distances, it is a bit of a shift in thinking as to what... Read more.

Keep it Simple

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Written by Coach Michael Harvey In triathlon, let alone the world, there is so much noise. So much advice, opinions, ‘facts’ that at the end of the day I can only see for most people they become confused. Confused because in this day and age of social media and 24 hour news, somewhere along the way we lost the BS filter. Many lose the ability to sit and think for themselves, to create and form their own opinions and to... Read more.

Same, Same, but Different

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Written by Coach Chris White Here’s two fun facts that come from spending lots of time training with teaching and medical professionals: Urine and sweat essentially contain the same chemicals, but in different concentrations. Same, same but different. Margarine and plastic are remarkably similar in their molecular structure, only separated by one extra molecule. Same, same but different. So what the hell has this got to do with triathlon? Well... as a sport that is originally made up from three... Read more.

The Compound Interest of Triathlon

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Written by Coach Chris White If you read about financial investing, many commentators will touch on the concept of 'compound interest' and how important it is to helping your savings or investments grow more quickly. It’s the cumulative effect of regular ‘investments’ over a long period of time where you start to earn interest on the interest on the interest and so on. That's the positive side, but as always there are two sides to the story. This concept also... Read more.