Lining up at the 2018 Kona Worlds just one year after his near-fatal accident, Tim Don solidified his legendary status. Here’s how he’s carved out such a phenomenal career…
MASTER YOUR PACING
Pacing is key whether it’s a sprint, Olympic or Ironman. If you get the pacing right it makes such a difference to your overall performance. Work on pacing in training using heart rate, speed, power, average pace, etc. with your coach (if you have one) and find a plan that works. Even if you feel good, stick to the plan and race smart!
DON’T TRY NEW KIT
Don’t try any new equipment on race day, make sure it’s training-proven and worthy for the race you’ve trained so hard for, be it brand-new race wheels, a wetsuit, some new nutrition (that’s a big no no, trust me!) or any ‘highly recommended’ products. It’s just not worth the risk given everything you’ve put into the race.
KNOW THE COURSE
I mean it can cost a lot to enter, so really check it out online – elevation maps, transition layout, etc. And the day before the race, walk the swim exit to T1, T1 to bike exit, bike in and run out. Get familiar with the course so you can visualise it in training during key sessions. It’s well worth the extra energy and effort come race day.
TAKE SPARES AND EXTRAS
Two pairs of goggles, anti-chafing cream/stick, loo roll (just in case!) inner tubes, tools, elastic laces, race belt, safety pins. Take extra layers to race in if it gets cold and sun cream if it gets hot. Do a list and pack the bag a few days before you travel down to the race.
ENJOY THE PROCESS
Remember, it’s the journey not just the end result. And, having raced a fair few in my time, I’ve been guilty of forgetting this. I often take my family and a mate or training partner with me, as it’s so much better having support on the course and really gives you a gee up to push you through the tough times. Plus, it’s great having a bag carrier!