LUCY CHARLES

She’s fast be­com­ing one of the world’s top Iron­man ath­letes, so if you’re keen to go long in 2018, check out Lucy Charles’ top six tips to Iron­man suc­cess

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1 QUAL­ITY BEATS QUAN­TITY

It’s not all about vol­ume; even as an Iron­man ath­lete qual­ity beats quan­tity. I know my train­ing vol­ume isn’t more than some of my com­peti­tors, but I al­ways fo­cus on get­ting the qual­ity work in. At the start of my ca­reer I didn’t be­lieve this would work, but over­train­ing of­ten leads to in­juries. And don’t com­pare your train­ing to oth­ers ei­ther, we’re all dif­fer­ent, what works for one might not work for an­other. Have faith in the work you’ve put in and you’ll have con­fi­dence on race day.

2 LOVE WHAT YOU DO

If you love what you do, then con­sis­tent train­ing will be much eas­ier. Keep train­ing fun and so­cial, train with oth­ers and just en­joy it. As soon as train­ing be­comes a chore it can be dif­fi­cult to stay mo­ti­vated.

3 LEARN FROM IN­JURIES

In­juries will hap­pen, it’s part of sport, but it’s how you han­dle them that will make you stronger. Learn from them and pre­vent them from strik­ing again. The truth is it takes a lot more than just train­ing to be a strong and ro­bust ath­lete. Re­cov­ery and nu­tri­tion are just as im­por­tant as putting the swim, bike and run hours in.

4 WORK YOUR WEAK­NESSES

It’s eas­ier to train your strengths be­cause it makes us feel good, but work­ing on your weak­ness will make you a more well-rounded ath­lete and will have a big­ger im­pact on your over­all per­for­mance. Know­ing your body is im­por­tant but so is know­ing your equip­ment. Get­ting to know how your bike works in­side and out will save you time and give you more con­fi­dence in train­ing and rac­ing.

5 SET GOALS

With the range of things that can be achieved in triathlon, it can be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing. Make sure you set your own goals and never for­got to stop and re­alise how far you’ve come (see p116). Hav­ing a coach or sup­port­ive train­ing group can re­ally help you work to­wards your goals.

6 SELL YOUR­SELF

If you get to the point where you’re look­ing for spon­sors, it’s not just about phys­i­cal per­for­mance but also how you present your­self on­line. Say­ing that, so­cial me­dia usu­ally su­gar coats a pro ath­lete’s lifestyle and makes it look a lot more glam­orous than it re­ally is! Don’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing you see; the truth is that the only way to suc­cess is con­sis­tent hard work. If you’re look­ing for more in­sight into a pro ath­lete’s life, then blogs are usu­ally a lot more hon­est.

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