UTMB CCC 2018 – Part One – The build up!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Marathon, Psychology, Racing, Running, Ultra Marathon

After my first ultra in June 2014, the Classic Quarter on the Cornish coast path, I looked up what the UTMB points were that I’d gained after the race. I was captivated by the enormity of this week-long series of races circulating the Mont Blanc massive in various clockwise and anti-clockwise routes. It seemed way beyond my reach so I …

How to Fit in Training: An Ironman, Three Kids, an Ultra-wife, Coaching and a Full Time Job!

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Ironman, Nutrition, Racing, Recovery, Running, Triathlon

I’m often asked how I manage to train for triathlon, alongside everything else our family gets up to, (3 very active children, an ultra-running wife, my day job and coaching!). Even more so this year, when I decided to give Ironman another go, this time Wales! The simple answer is – learn to love early mornings, and be creative! The …

Significant Gains – Part 2 – Fitness Testing & Training Smart

Chris Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Racing, Recovery, Running, Speed-work, Triathlon

This is the second part of my “significant gains” blog. Building on the bike set-up aspects discussed in part one, we now focus on training at the right intensity. While the first part was focussed on the bike, this topic is equally applicable to running, and indeed swimming. As amateur triathletes we all want to maximise the training benefits from …

Significant Gains – Part One – Balancing Aerodynamics with Power

Chris Maxwell Coaching, Cycling, Triathlon

Brailsford’s “marginal gains” is perhaps an over-used term, but the two aspects covered in this 2-part blog would arguably be more in the “significant gains” category. When it comes to cycling, there are two broad areas to focus on when you’re looking to take seconds or even minutes off your race time: Equipment and fitness. Let’s start with the kit… …