COMMITMENT IS KEY
It’s your attitude that earns results, says Man Tri’s head coach Kate Offord
Head coach Kate Offord explains why to commit is to succeed.
Triathlon is much more than swim, bike, run. Whether you are focusing on a super sprint, a standard or an Iron distance there are no quick fixes to meeting your potential. Of course, it helps greatly if you can run a sub-35 minute 10k or swim a 19 minute 1,500m before you take up the sport, but talent in one discipline (or even all three) does not necessarily make a successful triathlete.
In the years that I’ve been coaching, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some very talented triathletes. What working with these athletes has taught me is it’s not those with the most talent who tend to make it to the top. You can interpret ‘top’ as any level you like, but the principles are the same at novice, age-grouper or elite level.
THE MAKEUP OF A COMMITTED ATHLETE
The athletes who excel within their club, their region or their country show not only physical strength and ability, but importantly, they have unwavering commitment.
These triathletes leave little to chance, and their success is never by accident. It comes through careful planning, diligent training and a positive mental state. They eat well, they sleep well and don’t take the winter off from the discipline they like least and come back surprised that they haven’t improved. Here’s what we can learn from successful triathletes...
• GOAL SETTING
Set your goals carefully for each season and make sure they mean something to you and are achievable. Don’t choose goals based on the opinions of those around you.
• WORK BACKWARDS
Plan your training cycles starting from what you want to achieve, then build it up from that point to the point where you are now.
• TRUST YOUR TRAINING PLAN
Just because other triathletes are doing something different, doesn’t mean you should. Stick to what works for you and don’t compare yourself to others who may adapt to training differently.
• REVIEW REGULARLY
Sticking to a training plan is all well and good, but you should also be able to measure where you are and adapt to setbacks such as a poor race performance or injury.
• RECOVER AS PART OF TRAINING
Sleep and good nutrition should be significant priorities in your training schedule.
• WORK YOUR WEAKNESSES
Embracing your weaknesses as focal points of your training is a key sign of someone committed to training. Sometimes, with enough commitment, the weakness can turn into a relative strength – this should be your ultimate goal.