TRAIN SMARTER FOR IRONMAN

Pro David McNamee of­fers his ul­ti­mate tips for 226km suc­cess

220 Triathlon Magazine - - CONTENTS - WORDS TIM HEMING

He’s qui­etly es­tab­lished him­self as the great­est Bri­tish Ironman in his­tory and is gun­ning for more suc­cess at Kona in 2018. But what ad­vice does top Scot David McNamee have on mov­ing up to Ironman?

When David McNamee left the Bri­tish Triathlon pro­gramme at the end of 2014 re­al­is­ing that slip­stream­ing the Brown­lee brothers for a place at the Rio Olympics was be­yond him, few raised an eye­brow. The Scot had al­ways been a solid all­rounder at ITU level, with half-a-dozen top-10 fin­ishes in the World Triathlon Se­ries and a sev­enth-place on home soil in the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games.

But while he was with­out weak­ness, neither did he pos­sess a stand­out dis­ci­pline that would push him to the fore­front of se­lec­tion and be­come a ma­jor Games con­tender. Al­most four years on, and McNamee has proven him­self as his­tory’s great­est Bri­tish male Ironman racer.

Tim Don may have set the Ironman-branded world record last year, but McNamee has never been beaten by a com­pa­triot over the dis­tance, and af­ter Ironman World Cham­pi­onship fin­ishes of 11th and 13th, he broke through last year to fin­ish third. In bet­ter­ing Spencer Smith’s fifth place from 1998, McNamee also stopped the clock at 8:07.11 – the sev­enth fastest time ever on the Big Is­land.

So how has he made the move from Olympicdis­tance rac­ing to Ironman with such suc­cess? And what guid­ance does he have for age-group iron ath­letes of ev­ery level? Here the Scot guides you to a storm­ing 226km in 2019 with his ul­ti­mate Ironman ad­vice.

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