March 17, 2015

 

This is my last blog post until Tanya and I return from the Marathon des Sables (MdS).

 

With a little more than two weeks to the start of the 30th Marathon des Sables (MdS), I returned to the MdS 2013 research data in an effort to refresh my memory as to what physiolog...

January 11, 2015

With 82-days to go until the 2015 Marathon des Sables, I thought it would be a good time to discuss foot blisters. During my 2013 pre-race MdS research, participants were asked to rate whether or not they were prone to blisters. Among the research participants, 10% cla...

January 1, 2015

Posted from Facebook Conversation

 

Thanks for sharing your research. It definitely promotes healthy discussion. Please can you clarify your definition of Cross Training? (alternative endurance training or strength training) I agree that Cross training may not improve Vo...

December 30, 2014

After analysing the 2013 MdS runner data I was somewhat alarmed at the high rate of injuries reported by runners. In August 2013, I noted that:

 

“From the research data it is clear that 77% (76.92%) of all finishers used cross-training in one form or the other as part o...

December 3, 2014

Download and read the PDF report below to gain some insight into what role the various weight components play in deternaming individual race performance. In this paper I deal with individual body weight, body fat percentage, and race pack weight in terms of race perfor...

August 2, 2014

Philip Boardman, is the lucky winner of our Dawie Mocke art work! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and made a contribution towards our 2015 Mojave Desert expedition.

June 22, 2014

"It is not the critic who counts...it's not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled...credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because ther...

May 10, 2014

This blog entry records the experience of a friend, Philip Boardman, who participated and completed the 2014 Marathon des Sables. Enjoy the read.

 

Marathon des Sables, an Overview (6-12 April 2014)

 

Day 1 - 34km, 

Day 2 - 41km, 

Day 3 - 37.5km, 

Day 4 - 81.5km, 

Day 5 - Rest...

March 24, 2014

The person that wrote the script for this video has been there...

March 23, 2014

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At first I thought about writing an article to compare various race-packs but decided against that for one simple reason; such an article would represent my personal preferences which may be very different from the preferences of others. I, therefore, deci...

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