Jor­dan Bry­den joins Trisutto squad

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Calgary’s Jor­dan Bry­den en­joyed his first Ironman 70.3 podium in Korea with a sec­ond-place fin­ish. Jor­dan started work­ing with Brett Sut­ton’s squad this year. We caught up with him to find out about train­ing with the high-pro­file coach and some of the other changes in Bry­den’s busy life.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your sec­ond place at Ironman 70.3 Korea.

Korea was a great op­por­tu­nity for me to take some of the work I have been do­ing since July and trans­fer that into a fairly strong per­for­mance. I have been work­ing with Rob­bie Hay­wood and Brett Sut­ton over the past few months and train with ath­letes like Daniela Ryf ev­ery day. When you are with a group that chal­lenges each other, it makes ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion much eas­ier on race day. Dur­ing the race, I definitely tried to stay smart and race tac­ti­cally, and pushed the pace early on in the run to cre­ate a gap that al­lowed me to watch the rest of the field.

When did you start train­ing with Sut­ton? Why the change, and what’s so dif­fer­ent about train­ing un­der him? Did this re­quire you to move away from Calgary to train and make other sac­ri­fices?

Hav­ing the ITU Grand Fi­nale in Ed­mon­ton last year was a big mo­ti­va­tor for me to start rac­ing at a higher level again. I left ITU rac­ing in 2012, and was a pho­tog­ra­pher for Triathlon Mag­a­zine Canada at the event. It really got me re­fo­cused and I started a long-term plan to try and race at a high level again. With Brett’s history of help­ing other six-foot-plus tall guys like Matty Reed, Craig Wal­ton and Reto Hug, it seemed like the best place to go. I worked to find a way to pay some of the fi­nan­cial bur­den, and was also sup­ported by some close friends to start work­ing with one of Brett’s as­sis­tant coaches, Rob­bie Hay­wood, for a couple months be­fore join­ing the squad in St. Moritz. Things went well there and I re­joined the team in Jeju, Korea for an­other month in Septem­ber as Mary Beth El­lis, Matty Traut­man and Daniela Ryf pre­pared for Kona. Brett and his sup­port­ing coaches work to cre­ate the most ideal sit­u­a­tion for each ath­lete on the team and it’s dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one. At this point I am liv­ing in Calgary and join­ing them for longer train­ing camps a few times a year.

Did you have any of those epic train­ing sto­ries that we all hear about?

Brett will work you hard and push you to new lim­its, but only when you are ready for it. There have been 40 km run days and swim sets that last for hours, but I have never felt like I am at risk of in­jury. There are some long days at camp, but the epic days to me are not the six- or seven-hour train­ing days. Ev­ery­one does hard days, but most don’t do the work that sup­ports those days. I train in Calgary the rest of the year and see some age group ath­letes just pun­ish them­selves for a couple weeks be­fore an Ironman, and can’t understand why they get sick be­fore the race, or wind up with in­juries. The epic part is hav­ing the abil­ity to stay fo­cused and get solid work­outs done when no one is watch­ing. It’s awesome to watch an ath­lete like Matty Traut­man, who hits work­out af­ter work­out with­out a care as to if it is fun or ex­cit­ing. Just pure work ethic.

Ob­vi­ously things are work­ing. What was the recipe for suc­cess for you?

I think I can con­nect with both Brett and Rob­bie’s per­son­al­i­ties bet­ter than I have with other coaches I’ve worked with in the sport. Both really care about their ath­lete’s suc­cess nearly as much as the ath­letes them­selves. Hav­ing said that, I don’t think I can con­sider my­self suc­cess­ful yet. Suc­cess, to me, would be trust­ing the plan com­pletely for 12 months with the same at­ten­tion to de­tail I see in Daniela Ryf.

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