TIM DON

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…

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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!

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