Why You Need to Train with a Coach

So you have secured that entry to your bucket list event. The Cape Epic, Wines to Whales, Pioneer Trek or something similar. You have a R50 000 bicycle, R10 000 worth of kit and accessories, R5 000 worth of nutrition and to top it all you have spoilt yourself with a new Polar heart rate monitor, R7 500 for Christmas. Not forgetting the entry fee of R25 000 for the event, your total investment is in excess of R100 000. You work hard and you have to manage your time well but you are 100% committed to this event. This is the one thing you have been looking forward to for a very long time. Maybe it’s a gift to yourself for a big achievement or a big birthday. How will you train for this event? Y

7 Steps to achieve better race results this weekend (without changing anything in your training)

1. Sleep more and better We all know that our bodies recover, and hopefully adapt to a better condition, during rest and recovery. That implies that most of your recovery will take place during your sleep. But how much does a good or a bad nights’ sleep influence your recovery or performance the next day? According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Some research suggests that sleep deprivation increases levels of stress hormone, cortisol. Sleep deprivation has also been seen to decrease production of glycogen and carbohydrates that are stored for energy use during physical activity. In short, less sleep increases the possibility of fatigue, low energy, and poor focus at game time. It may al

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