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It is fair to say that often the country you are born into, will dramatically affect your chances of being successful at a specific sport. Aside from the physical attributes that may be characteristic of specific ethnic groups, or the geographical locations, such as requiring mountains or snow, or coastal waters or large lakes in the example of sailing, perhaps the most important factor driving long term and multigenerational success is cultural factors.Perhaps the most obvious example of this fact in endurance sport is that of the Kenyan running dominance. What few people know is that the bulk of the best Kenyan...

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Over my 25 years of observing, racing and coaching athletes for Triathlon, without a doubt the taper phase is the highest risk phase of and buildup. Let’s go through some of the reasons why.Training is being cut back from the highs of your biggest training weeks. This leaves athletes in a state of being aloof and not fully present. There has been so much focus gone into potentially the last 10-16 weeks that when the pressure of nailing sessions is taken away, so does some of the focus. Due to this, it is very common that athletes have falls off...

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