Triathlon Coaching – is it worth it?

I’ve been doing triathlon for more than 10 years and have previously worked with a coach as an athlete for 2-3 seasons.  In 2017 I coached myself to an Ironman personal best after a 6 year break.  Before triathlon I trained for half marathons and marathons. As a...

Should I have a cafe stop?

Its tradition in many cycling groups to stop at a café half way round. But if you’re a triathlete or a cyclist training for an event you may be wondering how will this affect your training. And what are the advantages and disadvantages of having a café stop. Part of...

Marathon Recovery

Lots of YouCanCoaching athletes have end of season Marathons coming up with a few people racing at Birmingham at the weekend. But what happens after the marathon and how should you recover? It takes 3-4 weeks to recover properly from a marathon and a common...

Pool Toys – Do they help?

It’s common to see bags of stuff at the side of the pool when clubs and squads are training and to see swimmers using all sorts of toys. To be honest over the years I’ve used them all! Partly to see if they would help me swim faster, and also partly because I’ve got a...

What happens next?

If you’ve had a busy summer with some big events and goals then you might be wondering what to do next, or even be experiencing a dip in motivation and mood. This is quite common and in the world of Ironman racing even has its own label “Ironman Blues”. After several...

Its Cold in the Lake

Tonight is the first open water of the season at local venue Cliff Lakes. Lots of YouCanCoaching swimmers and triathletes will be going for their first dip.  It might be a bit brisk. Around 11-12C. So here are some tips for dealing with the cold. Don’t hang around...

Should I swim with a club? 

A common question I get asked by Total Immersion swimmers and Triathletes is “should I swim with a group or club?” I love to swim with other people and have benefited hugely from swimming with clubs over the years so I never try to discourage anyone.  But there are...

How to deal with swimming pools, busy lanes, and pool etiquette

Last week I witnessed some disagreements about the etiquette of lane swimming that ended with two people in tears and disrupted swimming for all those involved. This is such a shame because swimming is a fun and sociable activity which we do in our spare time to help...

Learn to love your Turbo

(Or any other Indoor Bike Training torture device) We’re in the middle of a cold dark winter in the UK, so the only way for most people to keep their cycling fitness going and build some form for next season is to use an indoor trainer. This could be a turbo, rollers,...

Cycling through winter

In the UK it’s that time of year when short days, low daylight and bad weather all affect motivation to get outdoors to train. Most of us work and have family commitments so it’s common to only have one day in the week to get outdoors in the daylight to ride. Only to...