You should know by now that I hate these kind of statements and one-line motivation nonsenses. <= I’m not sure that’s a word but I’ll stick with it

But actually this one liner resonates, sort of.

Thing is,

working hard all the time is a sure fire way to never see your full potential.

So, at the risk of sounding pedantic I’m going change this to

“Consistent and specific beats talent when talent isn’t specific or consistent”

Ok, so I’m being a bit nick-picky here but bear with me, or is that bear with???

Bet that ^^^^^ made you think for a second….


Take dieting for instance. You may lose weight, change shape if you start eating healthier but here’s the thing, there is no guarantee.

What’s needed for that is specific caloric restriction so that you lose body fat and maintain energy levels so that you have plenty of energy to train.

You want that right?

When it comes to training for Triathlon there are so many variables to consider that training HARD really doesn’t cut it. NOT ONE BIT!

Ok, so I know what you’re thinking.

Going hard will build fitness.

I’ll agree with you on that.


You’ll start to see diminishing returns fairly quick if that fitness is built on just going hard.

To truly get FASTER.

You have to build power, endurance, strength, go HARD and go EASY. (Most athletes don’t go easy enough)

You have to break each discipline down.

Look at your individual weaknesses, skill level in the swim, bike and run.

Build an action plan to refine, change and improve all of these.

So you see

Building performance fitness is NOT just about going hard.

Don’t fall into that trap.

So here’s a question I want you to think about!

* What do you think are your weaknesses in racing?

* What one thing can you change this week to help you get the best from your training?


Simon de Burgh
2 X Winner of Gym Based PT
Level 2 British Triathlon Coach
Performance & Nutrition Director


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