COM­MIT­MENT IS KEY

It’s your at­ti­tude that earns re­sults, says Man Tri’s head coach Kate Of­ford

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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.

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