Coach Ray

Training for Excellence, with Excellent Training

Ali’s Adventure

Ali’s Adventure – Mental Tenacity

Drought, then rain. The trails are open, but it’s so wet you need goggles out there. So inside the ‘Training Cave’ it is. Day one, novelty factor. i-Pad and some good music to get me through. No head winds and…

Ali’s Adventure – Balancing The Parent Thingy

I have my two amazing daughters 50/50 with their dad and it’s hard. I miss them.  They truly are my everything. I enjoy being a mum more than anything in this world and it’s the thing I am most proud of accomplishing in my entire life. When I was first thrown into this situation, it was very trying.  The weeks without them seemed to take forever to go by. As time has gone on, I now look at the weeks without them as the weeks I can go ‘big’ on training.

Ali’s Adventure – The female athlete

This is not a sob story post, or an icky post. More of a ‘understand your own physiology’ post. As a woman trying to train to the best of my ability, it has been important to learn a few things about how my body is affected by monthly hormone changes (more so now I’m into the 40+ category) and how that in turn affects how and when I can train, and the adaptations I have to make during the different phases. In addition to that, I have recently learnt about nutrition and the female body, and how vital this can really be week to week.

Ali’s Adventure – Endurance on LCHF

When I was down in Wanaka in January, I picked up a nasty stomach bug. About a week of stomach cramps and not being able to eat anything more exciting than melon and scrambled eggs. Since then I have really struggled to eat anything that resembles carbohydrates, and this is a problem as I am a Vogels and Pics Peanut butter girl as pre-training fuel.

Ali’s Adventure – K2M: When Life Throws You Lemons Make a Gin & Tonic

Just when you think all your training is going well, life throws you a lemon or a few. However I can still remember a friend telling me that if life does throw you the odd lemon, well, make a gin…

Ali’s Adventure – Kaiteri to Mapua (K2M) Racing On Gravel

It’s been a wee while since I was given a training programme, being in a ‘racing stable’ under the guidance of a coach was BK (before kids). Having previously been a well oiled training machine, I’m now 40+ and two…

%d bloggers like this: