Success with Stamina
Success with Stamina
A little blog about being a triathlon coach. Here you'll find a little diary about my activities as a coach, the performances of the people I work with and my thoughts and opinions on what makes athletes faster for longer.

'Be strong at the end' - Dave Scott, six time World Ironman Champion

AndyBby AndyBOct 17th 2009
So my first post will be about me which, for those of you that know me well, is not what I do often. For those of you who don't know me it will give you the chance to get to know me better.

Challenge Barcelona - Oct 2009.

This was my first Ironman distance race having spent my previous seven years in triathlon focusing around sprint and Olympic distance racing culminating in three consecutive Age-group World Championships. With the 2009 Olympic Distance Worlds in Australia it was an ideal chance to take a year and test myself over the longer distance. I was asked many times pre-race, 'what time are you aiming for?' and most questioners seemed disappointed when I explained all I wanted to do was finish. In my mind I knew what I was capable of if all went well on the day but, it's a long day and many challenges can be thrown up across 140.6 miles of swim bike and run. This first one was to be about the experience and conquering the distance.

To cut a longer story short, the swim was steady through a gentle swell and not quite on the straightest line. The bike was about eating, being patient, eating and holding back, while others ripped past with their 'war faces' on. I found this tough, I felt so good, but the day was to be so much longer than I have experienced before. The run was about finding the rhythm, controlling body heat in the strong Spanish sun, walking the aid stations, taking on fuel and finding the rhythm. Most importantly the whole race was planned and executed so I could 'Be strong at the end'.

I am incredibly pleased with the way the race went. I achieved what I knew I was capable off and put this down to the right training and sticking to the right race plan. I have learnt many lessons along the way but more than anything it has increased my confidence in my own racing, knowledge of training and how to achieve your goals.

The BAD Tri support was huge and wonderfully vocal, I thank every single one of them - they are all great! Well done to all my athletes who all hit PB's (ok, so for three of them it was their first race) and everyone in BAD Tri, you make me so proud.

For those of you who are time obsessed, 9:55:37 - A good solid effort for my first one, I'm pleased anyway.

Will I be do another one? Watch this space.
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