Some Ex­am­ples

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DO­MINIQUE MEIER AND NEIL MCLOUGH­LIN

The last ath­lete that qual­i­fied for Kona by fol­low­ing Spindler’s ap­proach is Do­minique Meier, a Swiss ath­lete in the 25–29 age group, who qual­i­fied in South Africa av­er­ag­ing 12 hours of train­ing per week.

“When I looked at his file on Xhale that gives the av­er­ages, I was pretty sur­prised,” says Spindler. “But then I looked back at other ath­letes and found an­other ex­am­ple.” Bri­tish ath­letes Neil McLough­lin tried to qual­ify for Kona for more than 20 years, but never suc­ceeded. Af­ter he started with Spindler in 2013, he qual­i­fied twice.

OLIVER KLAUS

An ex­am­ple of how Spindler’s method worked and didn’t work at the same time for the same per­son is age-grouper Oliver Klaus. A busy pro­fes­sional from Switzer­land, Klaus started to work with Spindler in 2013, when he was on the board of Swiss­com, the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider.

“He had an in­cred­i­bly busy sched­ule,” says Spindler. “And he per­formed very well when he had a

busy work sched­ule be­cause that kept him from train­ing too much. But later, dur­ing a sab­bat­i­cal year, he spent three months in Mal­lorca train­ing full time and liv­ing like a pro. What hap­pened is that he trained him­self into a hole. When he trained dou­ble the pre­vi­ous amount, he didn’t per­form well in race nor qual­ify for Kona.”

When Klaus had limited amount of time to in­vest into his train­ing, he knew he had to nail ev­ery sin­gle ses­sion at his best. When, on the other hand, he had the flex­i­bil­ity to put in much more vol­ume, he sim­ply wasn’t per­form­ing at the same level.

“When you ob­serve that the ath­lete is too tired it is al­ready too late,” adds Spindler. “And that was a big les­son for me. You need to have the right mix; more is not al­ways bet­ter, al­though there are ath­letes who re­spond very well to the vol­umes.”

Same for pros: some are just train­ing an av­er­age of 16 hours lead­ing into Kona, while oth­ers need 34 hours per week be­fore the big­gest event of the year.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how much ath­letes train,” says Spindler. “What it re­ally mat­ters is how good they do in the race.”

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