Intermittent fasting – is it healthy for athletic women?

27 November 2019 sandspirations 0

From a health standpoint, no. Athletes need an adequate and balanced food and fluid intake that provides nutritional support for optimal adaption to training and optimal performance, but also for preventing illness and injuries. The cornerstone of an endurance athlete’s diet is adequate energy intake i.e. FOOD. In spite of […]

Triathlon Training Camp for Women

16 October 2019 sandspirations 0

Are you tri-curious or just needing to get back into triathlon training? Just to let you know that we are holding a triathlon training camp for beginners, or ladies who need to just want to “get back into it” – or even just a social weekend of triathlon training! If […]

Belly fat in my middle (age)?

11 July 2019 sandspirations 0

I hear this often from women. “I need to lose this belly”. But, I am too stressed, not in a good place, I am busy, or a raft of other reasons. I too, have battled with belly fat since my mid-40s and now that I’m 50, I have finally found […]

Outspoken Women

2 July 2019 sandspirations 0

If you’re a Stacy Sims fan, then there’s a fantastic opportunity to attend the annual Outspoken Summit presented by Triathlete Magazine, which is a collaboration between Shift Sports and Live Feisty Media. Outspoken is an opportunity for women in triathlon to connect with like-minded women, hear from industry leaders, and […]

Through the Barrier and Across the Line

20 April 2019 sandspirations 0

This is the story of a young athlete, affectionately known as Oozy, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and how she broke through some cultural barriers to achieve her dream of competing in a long distance triathlon. In 2015, I met a local cyclist in Dubai.  She was slight, small, and […]

Road to Recovery – Is Your Training Turning You Upside Down?

2 June 2018 sandspirations 0

Are you a tired athlete? Training to get fit, or stay fit can become obsessive.  Training plans must be flexible to be effective and include recovery. Doing a workout just to satisfy the plan is doing it backwards (Joe Friel). Peer pressure can also lock you in to a daily training […]

Find Your Why

2 May 2018 sandspirations 0

Every woman has a reason [WHY] she competes and Women For Tri want to know yours! Post a picture with a quote depicting [WHY] you Tri on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #whywetri and you could be featured in one of their  weekly [WHY] campaigns. Women For Tri’s mission is simple: “To identify and diminish primary […]

Running – Why Warming Up Is Important

6 January 2018 sandspirations 0

I have to admit it, I am a terrible runner, but I am on the way to improvement. I’ve taken running classes and I practice.  Last December,  I raced in my first 21 kilometre race since the RAK 1/2 Marathon in 2015.  I completed the race without enough training but […]

Triathlete Talk: Thank The Plank

28 December 2017 sandspirations 0

In a previous article, I spoke about the importance of strength training to prevent injury.  Let’s look at how developing a strong upper body (core) can help you to be a stronger swimmer and have better posture in the water. During the last decade or so, the importance of having […]

Triathlete Talk: Injury Prevention by Strength Training

11 December 2017 sandspirations 1

Strength training is vital for proper training in order to enhance performance and decrease the risk of injury.  Any triathlete who embarks on a training programme without specific strength training is putting him/herself at risk of injury and decreased ability to generate force in a wide range of motion. In order to realize […]