Training Tips From USAT’s Coach Of The Year

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Mar 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
Photo: USA Triathlon/ Paul Phillips

>>Have fun out there
“Part of why Gwen and I work well together is because I understand her,” Bannink says. “Gwen is doing triathlon because this is fun for her. I don’t think she’ll do the sport if at some point she’s not having fun. My biggest concern going into London, and this will sound really silly, is that I want her to have fun with the experience. I want to keep her from being overwhelmed by everything else that’s involved in being a member of the Olympic team. Athletes race better if they’re having fun—my average age-grouper isn’t going to be making millions of dollars, they’re in this because they love the experience. Obviously I have other concerns about keeping her healthy and staying injury-free, but I’m giving her the best tools possible to be successful on that day. I want to make sure she’s enjoying the process.”

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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