☆ R A C E R E V I E W ☆
16wks ago I started training for standard distance Tri season and Tweed Enduro 70.3 Throw in a trip to Everest Base Camp, sickness, leaving a stressful job, family life and running a gym solo and the impacts on my training were many and varied. But today I swam 1.9km and while slow I actually enjoyed it which is never usually the case 🤔 A 90km ride with a bit of headwind and rain and still not quite coordinating my fuel on the bike. But it was important to compromise so I wouldn't crash on the run and a couple of quick pitstops were incorporated. And that plan certainly paid off as I had a really strong 21km clocking in just over 2hrs. My overall time was 6.09hrs and I couldn't be happier. The support and program from my coach @des_gooda_coaching is what kept me accountable and got me across the line. The cheers of support from friends on track inspired me especially Deus who popped up at different locations on the run ... I even got a cuddle mid race 😁 But mostly what I have learnt is that anything is possible if you do the work to the best of your capacity and rather than just think about what you want to do take action no matter how small to make it happen. Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and never ever quit on yourself 😍
I currently have an athlete on a specific program for his first attempt at the 70.3 distance.
It is really refreshing as a coach that this athlete has no 'greed for numbers' within his training and doesn't depend on a bike computer or elaborate watch to supply data feedback or even for reference while riding and running.
Enter the time proven method of perceived exertion or 'train to feel' and so with this athlete there is no " I held 34 kmh" or " I was running at 4.45's or even " My heart rate was out of control"
When I ask him how his day or sessions went, I get " I felt really good over that 90k" or "My run was awesome and it was a really sustainable, could have kept going at that pace". This reveals that he is listening to his body and the way it is responding and reacting to the stimulus of each session and is not chasing numbers to hold just because an expensive piece of equipment or previous data says he should be able to and it is also all the feedback I need to produce and adjust his future weeks.
Recovery has also been as good as his training so this again tells me everything is running smoothly. The fact that I have also been present on a number session with him confirms it is all on track.
This athletes original statement to me was "I will happy to finish under 6 hours"
My vision for him is a little different. Watch this space ! 'Train to feel' Don't under estimate the value.