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… …

When should I begin training again post marathon? My legs feel fine…

Michelle Maxwell Coaching, Marathon, Nutrition, Racing, Recovery, Triathlon, Ultra Marathon

So we’ve all been there…just run a marathon, sore for a couple of days but then the nagging in the back of our head, ‘You will lose fitness’, ‘You will put on weight’, so you put on your trainers after just a few days rest, and it feels OK… but then. Two weeks later you feel awful, you get ill …

Chicago World Triathlon Championships 2015!

Chris Maxwell Racing, Triathlon

It all started in 2012! The Brownlee’s impressive performances at the London Olympics, reignited my passion for triathlon after an eight year break. My fourth return from competitive sport soon followed in 2013 (I’m on a par with George Forman for come-backs!). So it all began with a 4km-400km-40km triathlon challenge for my 40th birthday, then dabbling in local races, …