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 […]

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 […]

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 […]