Andrew Read Athlete Journal

Every sport has bread and butter sessions - sessions where you learn where exactly you stand in terms of your performance goals. Here are mine, as I continue to train for Ironman.
Anyone who says you should never train with pain has simply never really competed in anything in my eyes. While I never advise my clients to train with pain, sometimes it becomes necessary.
This week Andrew's calves heal up and he ponders the true meaning of hardstyle training, the balance between anaerobic and aerobic, and how to best optimize training.
This week Andrew looks closer at his swim training and makes some adjustments to his breathing that have a major impact on his aerobic training and aerobic capacity.
Have you ever tried to please two masters? What if those masters were Ironman and RKC training? Here's what I'm doing to try to blend the two.
While running hills Andrew tore his calf and is now under doctor's orders to stop running. How does he keep training for Ironman Melbourne and what is the lesson to learn?
If you’ve ever seriously prepared for something, you know in your heart what I am about to say next. I suck. But as I've been taught, "It never always gets worse."
I have four levels of training – rest, recovery, fluffy, and full. There are reasons for each and even different levels within “full” that need to be explained.
As Andrew's Ironman training continues he fights two of the biggest obstacles for endurance athletes - boredom and injury. Find out how he is adjusting his training to deal with both.
I have my place in Ironman Melbourne and it's time to make a plan. A training schedule, a plan for how fast I'm going to run, how I'm going to sleep and eat. I'll also share my goals!
The journey for Ironman Melbourne 2013 begins. Find out why I plan to do a lot of kettlebell swings and get ups in preparation...and also WHY this race is so important to me.