Category Archives for "Library"

Top 12 Most Popular Posts of 2012

With 12/12/12 occurring this month, I thought I’d extend that theme. Welcome to our 1st ever annual wrap up of the most popular posts here this year. Whether you are new to the Sparta community or a regular visitor, a triathlete, runner, cyclist or someone just interested in general health and fitness, I’m sure you’ll […]

Continue reading

A Good News Story from Cycling: Rising From The Ashes

I’ve been feeling a bit disillusioned by cycling in recent months. But then I came across this story and was reminded why I love this sport. Rising From The Ashes Rwanda, 1994. A time of blood shed in Rwanda as genocide swept the country and men, women and children were slaughtered. It is estimated that […]

Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at Sparta: Getting Naked with Danny Iny

I’ve never taken you behind the scenes at Sparta. Until now. I’m often asked about how I run Sparta, where my client’s come from and how I market the business. And I’m the first to admit that my marketing skills are (shall we say) a “work in progress”. So when the opportunity arose to have Danny […]

Continue reading

5 Unexpected Highlights of the 2012 Tour de France

It’s over for another year. The greatest annual sporting event, the Tour de France, is now done and dusted for another year. As the descendant of convicts shipped to Australia on the First Fleet by the Brits, it pains me to see Bradley Wiggins crowned as the 2012 champion and Cadel Evans relegated to 8th […]

Continue reading

The Number #1 Way to Improve Your Cycling

It’s pretty simple. The best way to improve at something – anything – is to do it consistently. (‘Tell me something I don’t know’ I hear you say!) But being able to train consistently requires a body that doesn’t breakdown; that doesn’t get all the aches, pains, injuries and niggles that restrict how hard you […]

Continue reading

To The Max: Become faster on the bike without breaking the bank

Everyone wants to be a better and faster on the bike. Last year I wrote about the best ways to do that without breaking the bank. Since then, I’ve had many many conversations with cyclists and triathletes about their biggest frustrations, and challenges, when it comes to their cycling ~ “My hamstrings are always tight” […]

Continue reading

On Dying, Riding and Conquering Cancer

Her name was Mavis. Mave to some. Nan to me. She was an incredible woman. She loved a scotch and a laugh. She was always open, honest and forthright in her views. An incredibly warm but firm woman. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of when Nan would come to visit. She was like […]

Continue reading

6-5-1@SPARTA interview with Jamie Whitmore

XTERRA World Champion. 5 time XTERRA USA National Champion. Mother of twins. Cancer survivor. The word “inspiring” gets thrown around too easily these days. But there is no other way to describe Jamie Whitmore. The winner of an XTERRA World Championship & 5 XTERRA National Championship, life was looking great for Jamie Whitmore until the […]

Continue reading

My Top 5 Moments In Tour de France History

 <bounce, bounce, bounce> That’s the sound of me jumping up & down with excitement. Only 1 more sleep (at least here in Australia!) until the greatest show on earth, le Tour de France, kicks off for the 99th time. I’ve watched le Tour since 2005. In fact, the first time I was aware – and […]

Continue reading

Next Time: 15 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Dreams

Next time, I’m going to… …do more core exercises …do less mileage … do more stretching …stop wasting time on Facebook …start doing strength training …get more sleep …do more quality sessions …get down to my race weight …drink more water …drink less beer …eat more fresh foods …eat less chocolate …get more massages …start […]

Continue reading

3 Ways My Crystal Ball Can Predict Your Next Injury

It happens one day when you least expect it. Your training is all going well. You are consistently ticking the sessions off your program. Looking back at your sessions, you know that your average pace is increasing. You feel fitter and stronger and confident that this might the time you finally pull together all the […]

Continue reading