Confidence is established by doing the personal training with Nathan, because knowing I have done the work provides the confidence that I will race well. If I am anxious I will go back and review how much training I have done, even comparing it to previous races.
Goals is about setting realistic expectations based off the training. I keep this simple and limited to one or two things and my goals focus on the process not on the result. For example my running is weaker than my bike or swim so my goal for the run is to start with good form, build into the run managing my pace, then try and get “lost” in the zone – in other words don’t think, just relax. I keep cycling through this mantra of Form/Pace/Zone throughout the run. This means I focus on the process, letting the result take care of itself.
Composure means not rushing and being able to adapt to changing circumstances – DON’T PANIC! If I drop a water bottle, think my way through the impact and what I can do. This might mean backing off the pace to limit dehydration. Being composed to me is being calm. I use a simple (perhaps silly) trick if I feel this slipping away – I smile (a genuine smile, not a grimace, gritted teeth smile) then my head lifts, my shoulders relax and I actually think more clearly and I am more composed.
What do you enjoy most about your training with Nath?
Turning up at 6am every Wednesday ready to go for 4 years takes a huge commitment from both client and trainer – Nathan gets it, and is always well prepared. His commitment provides me the necessary incentive not be late, or miss a session, or just go through the motions once I am there. I would never be as efficient or effective training on my own, Nathan’s knowledge, expertise and commitment means the results I get from training are worth far more than the cost of a personal trainer.
What’s coming up next after such a huge racing year? How do you keep going between race break periods?
Break periods??? I’ve discovered through painful experience that I need to train consistently rather than take a break and start up again. I may adjust intensity or frequency, but I need to maintain consistency across all disciplines even when not racing. The reality is that training for triathlons if often far more enjoyable than racing them, racing hurts! Not having a race coming up means I can train with a “just go out and have fun” approach rather than completing the session with a focus on the goal of the session. That in itself is a break.