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 […]

TRIATHLETE DIARIES – Lisa Hancox is a Quintessential Female Triathlete. Why?

27 November 2017 sandspirations 0

Read the story of elite female triathlete and swimming coach Lisa Hancox who resides in Dubai and has been racing in triathlons for 4 years. During this tenure she has raced and won in various long distances races. She set her first long distance goal as the Ironman South Africa […]

Dubai Makes History in Sport – First Women’s Triathlon in the Middle East

5 November 2017 sandspirations 0

This weekend marked history in the sport of triathlon in the Middle East. Dubai held the first ever Women’s Triathlon in the region, with more than 250 female participants marking the great success of the first ever event of this kind in the Middle East.  The event was organised by […]

Lifestyle Weight Management Programme

1 November 2017 sandspirations 0

One of my personal challenges is food. I love food. All types of food.  Seriously, food speaks to me. EAT ME. Especially thick spicy Indian curries with loads of sauce on, and cheese, olives, French bread, you name it, every thing that I am not “supposed to eat” shouts out […]

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN – Swimming Across the Channel

22 October 2017 sandspirations 0

On the 2nd of September 2017, British ocean swimmer Deborah Herridge successfully completed a solo swim across the English Channel. During her three years of swimming training, she contracted severe pneumonia, putting her long time ambition at risk.  She spent three months in bed, could hardly walk up a flight […]

Female Cyclists with GRIT

16 October 2017 sandspirations 0

Female cyclists are on their bikes and rolling This week saw the kick-off of the third year of the Urban Ultra Women’s Cycling League, further raising the profile of women’s cycling in the UAE. Aimed at heightening awareness of women’s cycling, achieving more media exposure and ensuring women’s cycling is […]

What is Your Stress Coping Strategy?

27 September 2017 sandspirations 0

How are you coping lately?  Feeling the pressure? All kinds of people experience stress, whether they are based in an office, in the home or on the road.  Do you have a coping strategy? You might have lists, “be looking on the bright side”, goals, inspirational Post-it notes, copious quantities […]

Is Your Brain Fit?

10 September 2017 sandspirations 0

It is often said that having a healthy brain is not only vital to happiness and fulfillment in life, but also vital to success at work. A couple of previous employers of mine were under the impression that being very physically fit was part in parcel of performing well at […]