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6 July 2016 No Comment


Winter is the time of year when we can creep forward, always gaining a little bit. You don’t have to kill yourself in training in the colder months to gain. They say summer’s races are won in winter. Every one of us is going to struggle a little bit getting out of bed, when it’s cold and dark outside. It’s the time of day when the strength of your goals is tested.

It’s times like this when our training partners, our mates, are our biggest asset. Having a commitment to meet someone is one of the best tools to have in your tool box. Many of us can let ourselves down by taking the easy option, but most of us will not let out mates down. The thought of your training mates waiting out in the cold, dark   morning, is often enough to force you to make the move.

I have to admit that in thirty years of Ironman training I have had periods of low motivation. I have used commitments to meeting people to get me out of bed on many occasions. It’s always easier when spring comes and the days are longer, but the steady work done in winter gives you a better platform on which to build your new season.

Right now I am fourteen weeks out from Hawaii Ironman. I know that my main training is the ten to twelve weeks leading into the race. I also know how fast the last ten weeks seems to go. At fourteen weeks it seems an awful long time until I need to be fit, but I also know that the consistency built through winter is a huge asset to take into the final ten weeks.

At my age and my stage of development, training for my forty second Ironman, I have different training needs to my developing athletes. But my developing athletes will probably be gaining more than I can hope to gain by being super consistent through winter. A developing athlete needs to be focused on accumulating training hours, while honing skills in each sport. It takes many hours to develop an endurance athlete to his/her potential.

I encourage each one of you to put pressure on your training mates when they don’t show up, you’ll be helping them and you’ll also be giving them ammunition to use against you if you don’t make it one day. This is a good thing.

The biggest asset you can have in your development is a training partner who is driven to be the best he/she can be.

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