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The newest addition to the coaching ranks at T:Zero Multisport, Bonnie explains why she is looking forward to the transition from athlete to coach.
By Coach Bonnie
Triathlon has been apart of my life since I can remember. I started out swimming and running so the natural progression was to get on a bike. I have been involved with Triathlon for over 10 years now and whilst I have taken a back step to racing myself, I am taking a forward step towards coaching and giving athletes the opportunity to achieve goals like I have over the years.
Ironman Western Australia, Busselton… renowned for flat, hot, fast racing and in more recent years, the art of a collective blow up on the run leg (for most). Actually, this seems to be a pretty common occurrence across most long course races these days. However, those few who adapt well to changing conditions and stick to a race plan seem to still do really well.
It was an absolute privilege to have been contact by the St George triathlon club a few months ago asking our interest in conducting a training camp in their home town. Having received a grant from Triathlon Queensland, the club was looking at having a weekend that would expose the athletes to some higher knowledge, some quality training and some educational tools that can be ingrained within the future training plans of the club. This was an opportunity simply too good to refuse :)
At the beginning of 2016 the seemingly ludicrous notion of entering an Ironman crossed my mind, and before I knew it, I’d made a date with Bussleton!
How many times do you catch yourself making comparisons? These comparisons can be of you physically and someone else you are training with or racing, a pro or even the athlete you used to be. It can be a comparison of times, efforts, what food someone else is eating, what new gear they have or what podcasts they listen to. I have fallen into this trap on far too many occasions across my sporting and professional career and it is only recently that I have been able to see the damage that it does mentally and how it can cast future doubt on your abilities. In essence comparing yourself to anyone else really steals your joy and hope.
1n the 29th July, 29 athletes gathered on the beautiful shores of Mooloolaba for our T: Zero Multisport one day camp focussing on a course familiarisation of the Sunshine Coast 70.3. The group consisted of a wide range of abilities and it was wonderful to see such a large number of athletes coming from outside our current T: Zero family.
You want to be successful in this sport. We all do. So if I asked you what your goals are, I would assume that the vast majority would be “I want to qualify for X next year’ or ‘I want to break X hours in my next race’.
These are appropriate answers to the question. But I believe we are asking the wrong questions.
By Coach (and qualified Nutritionist) Scotty Farrell
My journey into the deep worm hole that is nutrition started way back when I first got into triathlon. I was mid twenties, I’d never really worried about what went in my body and never really cared to be honest. I’m just lucky I was raised by a wonderful mum in an era where meat and ten veg was the order of the day, erry day. So I enter into the world of triathlon and start reading articles in magazines about recovery and performance blah blah. And I’m sure like everyone else I started smashing protein powder like it was Milo (we all did it) after every session, even a 20 min recovery jog, cranking carbonara every other night and chugging chocolate milk (cause Crowie said it’s good) as well!