Testimonial: Shayne Nation

Ironman Coach NZ

Having not done any swimming since my last Ironman race 6 years prior, and battling a back injury in which I was facing surgery, I decided to take on the Lake Taupo Across Lake Swim to help with motivation to train and get in shape.

Ray has coached me through numerous endurance events, including two Ironman races, and so I approached him once again for help with this swim. In the 8 weeks Ray had to coach me, he programmed training that not only got me over the finish line, but also consistently took into consideration any difficulty I came across with my back injury. Continue reading “Testimonial: Shayne Nation”

Best of the Internet for Endurance Athletes: 28 February 2016

Each Sunday I’ll post my ‘best of’ list in a number of categories from the inter-webs. Other weeks can be found here.

Technology/Equipment Blogs


Is paying for Strava worth it?

Training Blogs


Don’t be in your best form or pushing yourself too hard now if your goal event is 16 weeks away!!!




Athlete Blogs


UltraMan Rob Gray in the lead up to UltraMan Florida shortly. Don’t forget to check out Team Qwik Kiwi athlete John ‘Humps’ Humphries blog ‘UltraHumps’ here.

Nutrition Blogs


Mikki Williden gives some great tips on how to reduce your cholesterol.


Meat, veges, fruit, soup….what is the best way to freeze them? Find out in this article.


Get a look inside Team Sky’s Training Camp.

12 Weeks to an Iron-Distance Swim PB: Week 12

Over the coming 12 weeks I will post a a series of workouts building your swim fitness as you prepare for either Challenge Wanaka (18 Feb) or Ironman NZ (04 Mar). I have been a professional triathlon coach since 2000 and am a multiple Iron-distance finisher including doing both these events in 2011 (the year of the wind in Wanaka and the year of the rain in Taupo).

12 weeks out from Challenge Wanaka starts the week of Monday 28th November 2016. For those of you doing Ironman NZ two weeks later, your sessions commenced the week of Monday 12th December. Continue reading “12 Weeks to an Iron-Distance Swim PB: Week 12”