What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport?

What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport?

What’s it’s like being involved in elite sport? Everyday. You have to find what pushes and keeps you going when are out in the pouring rain doing a fartlek session, and wondering why on earth you are there! You have to find something to drive you to carry on. For me it’s racing and the desire to win. The thought of pushing my body to do something it’s never done before, run faster than i have, and be on the podium representing my country gets my heart racing just thinking about it. It’s also the fact that I love what I do, I love training and being around like-minded, positive people, and seeing myself improve everyday. The thought of one day being paid to do what I love as a job is the dream. It’s hard to put it into words how lucky I am to be involved in athletics, it’s a great sport for everyone- there is an event for anyone and any age! Of course it’s hard, and being a popular sport, the climb to the top is massive, and the journey for me has only just begun. It’s not just physical, it’s very mentally tough and you have to be able to cope with that. I’m very lucky to be in a place where there are great coaches and facilities, but that’s the thing with athletics- to get to the top you need a lot of help because as much as it is an individual sport; parents,physio’s,coaches,fellow athletes and many more all pay a huge part. Being at school still can be a struggle to balance...
Power taping brings great results for Chris

Power taping brings great results for Chris

Chris Stirling was spotted at the recent Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon sporting long strips of the Union Jack patterned RockTape. Clearly it did this endurance athlete a world of good as he came in second in the epic multi-sport event. Chris, who crossed the line in a hugely respectable 12 hrs 3 mins and 6 seconds, is photographed here by Steve Carter sporting the RockTape on his arms and shoulders. The 32-year-old, who hails from Ambleside in the Lake District, is a great believer in RockTape. He says: “I use RockTape to support the chains of movement and use of different muscle groups as I move between the three sports or triathlon. “I find that my muscles tire less quickly when using RockTape and it is easier to hold good form. “For example, when switching from bike to run, you go from being bent double for six hours to wanting to run nice and upright. The stretch of the tape reminds me not to lean forward too much and to pull my shoulders back.” Chris confesses that he is not a great swimmer. With the help of his physio Adam Smith he tried taping for power in the swim stroke. Chris says: “I swam much better than I thought I would with the help of the RockTape. I tested it in a couple of training sessions and another event prior to the Celtman! “The extra one to two per cent that it gives makes all the difference when you are trying to perform at your limit. I was pleased with how I performed in my weakest discipline in the...
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