KEEP­ING LIONEL ON TRACK. Q AND A WITH DAVID TIL­BURY DAVIS

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION - BY KEVIN MACKINNON

ORIG­I­NALLY FROM GREAT BRI­TAIN, DAVID TIL­BURY DAVIS GOT HIS START IN THE TRIATHLON WORLD AT LOUGH­BOR­OUGH UNIVER­SITY, THE HOME OF THE BRI­TISH TRIATHLON AS­SO­CI­A­TION. A FOR­MER RUGBY AND AMER­I­CAN FOOT­BALL PLAYER (WHO KNEW THE U.K. WAS INTO THAT STYLE OF FOOT­BALL?), TIL­BURY DAVIS TURNED TO CY­CLING AND TRIATHLON AF­TER A KNEE IN­JURY FORCED HIM TO LOOK FOR A MORE “LIN­EAR” SPORT.

By the late ’90s he was spend­ing a lot of time coach­ing and in 2008 gave up a ca­reer in the bank­ing world to pur­sue coach­ing full-time. He moved to The Wood­lands, Tex., in 2013 and now lives in Seat­tle, Wash. Til­bury Davis coaches about 16 ath­letes, many of whom are pros and works with Lionel San­ders and Cody Beals. Triathlon Mag­a­zine Canada caught up with Til­bury Davis ahead of this year’s Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship.

How did you get started work­ing with Lionel San­ders? DAVID TIL­BURY-DAVIS: I met Lionel at Iron­man Texas the year he had a melt­down on the run. I in­tro­duced my­self to him there. And then I think our paths have crossed over time at the odd race and I know he’s friends with Cody [Beals]. I re­mem­ber af­ter Kona last year Lionel said that he was he was look­ing for some­body to keep him on the straight and nar­row.

So I got in touch with him and said, “Look, this is how I do things and this is how I feel I could help you. Do you feel that could work for you?”

We had a long con­ver­sa­tion and he said, “Yeah, I think that’s what I need.”

So, pretty much just af­ter Kona I started guid­ing him as best I could as he got ready for Ari­zona. And then, af­ter Ari­zona in early De­cem­ber, I went up for a cou­ple of days with him and since then I’ve been up to see him a cou­ple of times and do some work face to face with him, ei­ther plan­ning both the sea­son and the process and the speci­ficity of some of his train­ing ses­sions.

I’m re­ally just try­ing to help him make bet­ter de­ci­sions on a de­tailed level with his train­ing. If you want to choose a

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