September 30, 2018

It has been a year since I received the invitation to race Ultraman Australia and almost 5 months since the event. It has taken that long and a number of attempts to write a race report. I found it hard to put it on paper but wanted to have something to keep the memory. The result is rather lengthy but hopefully it is not totally boring.

Without stealing the thunder, I had several moments and even days, where all I wanted was t...

July 14, 2018

Christian joined us at Pursuit Coaching for a year from Switzerland. Every athlete brings something to a squad and he certainly left a positive feeling on squad with his professionalism.

Below was posted by Christian two weeks before Ironman WA

The most intensive weeks in preparation for Ironman Western Australia just passed. I’d like to take this as an opportunity to appreciate an awesome triathlon squad, its members and coache...

March 21, 2018

Every second Saturday we put the squad through its paces. Thanks to Ger O'Donovan for filming

March 21, 2018

We have always valued education here at Pursuit Coaching, always interested in improving our athletes and also ourselves as coaches. We educate through a few different methods, at training (like all coaches), in our twice weekly emails, meetings and seminars that we put on.

Topics we’ve covered this year

  • Positive emotions

  • Team contribution & success

  • Building Confidence & barriers

  • Visualisation

  • Reflection,...

March 21, 2018

That sums up my journey since joining Pursuit Coaching / Blackfins only 4 months ago, from feeling competitive to knowing how to race.  Physically a different athlete, a new mindset, and new found confidence for racing - not just competing.  Why didn't i do it sooner?!  Well here is some of the road to Pursuit and the transformation...

Having hauled myself off the couch in 2012, seeking a new personal challenge and wa...

March 21, 2018

If someone said to me that I was going to swim a 01:07:05 in choppy conditions like those that presented at Palm Cove that morning, I wouldn’t have believed them. As we were lining up in the pen, I was bursting with excitement. I knew deep down that having had that ‘beautiful’ swim at Busso IM in 2015 behind me, this couldn’t be too much different. But it was different. SIX minutes different!

This kind of a rolling start was ne...

March 21, 2018

A well-known quotation states that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Back in June 2015 I was confronting the harsh reality of that definition. I had just completed a frustrating Cairns IM with an average swim and run ruined by a really bad day on the bike. Cairns had been my fifth IM, and whilst there had been improvements, and a few near misses for a Kona s...

March 21, 2018

I always thought my limits in Ironman are purely physical. I'm talking about lack of background and experience in endurance sport and sport in general, lack of talent, my not-fish-like-swimming and so on. Ironman Melbourne has proven me wrong. Very wrong.

Sitting here and trying to write a race report is fairly difficult as there isn't much to report about in regards to the actual race. I had a really good day. I did my thing,...

March 21, 2018

Five years in the sport of Triathlon and I never had a desire to compete in an Ironman. It was not until I had the opportunity to train with a dedicated and talented group of people in the Blackfins squad that things changed. Watching these friends train for an Ironman, then qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona was fantastic. It was following them online as they competed in Hawaii though, that inspired me. I...

March 21, 2018

3.03 to 2.46 in 11 months

As I crossed the finish line at the Barcelona Marathon, and still as I sit here now, I am in shock. I ran that, I ran sub 4min/km over a 42.195 distance – really was that me?

In a synopsis, I still know I have room for improvement. This was not my best race.

The day before the marathon, as I rode around on the tourist bus (highly recommended) as it hailed and rained I had wondered what I had gotten mysel...

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