My Favorite Things: Bevan Docherty

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Aug 30, 2012
Photo: Kurt Hoy

New Zealand-native Bevan Docherty is a three-time Olympian, with a silver (2004) and bronze (2008) medal to show for his efforts. Now that the 2012 London Olympics are behind him (he finished 12th), the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Kiwi says he’ll focus on his family (he has two children under the age of 2) and divert to non-drafting, longer distances. Given that he regularly trains more than 30 hours a week and won February’s Ironman 70.3 Panama against a strong field that included Lance Armstrong, his anticipated leap to long-course looks promising. Next, he’ll test his skills against the world’s best at September 10’s Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Henderson, Nev.

Swim workout:
The Dennis Cotterell 40×50 workout—a lot of Kiwis and Aussies know it. Do 16 50s on :45 (every fourth hard), 12 on :50 (every third hard), 8 on :55 (every other hard), 4 on :50 (all hard). When I can’t be bothered thinking of a set, that’s what I do.

Workout music: I listen to Rage Against the Machine. It gets me pumped when doing a wind trainer set or out by myself on the bike.

Purchase in the past week: I-Guy, a cover for my daughter’s iPad. It’s a little green guy that’s all padded and he stands up.

Pre-race meal: I try to have pizza before every event. Matty Reed and Richie Cunningham and I went to Pizza Hut in Panama—we were quite surprised not to see anyone else eating pizza the night before a race. It’s one of those foods that has a lot of calories and you can find it pretty much anywhere in the world.

Race experience: Winning the ITU World Championship Series in Sydney two years ago.

Beer: Steinlager Pure

Place to train: Santa Cruz is it. I really can’t find too many things wrong with this place.

Way to spend downtime: Sleeping, which is generally taken over by the kids. I’m also into fishing and I’m into cars, but that’s taken a step back.

Coffee: Love it. Spent a couple grand on a decent coffee machine recently.

Vacation spot: We don’t holiday much—it’s quite sad, really. We did go up to the Sierras last year and rented the largest RV we could find, 40 feet. That’s probably what you’ll see me doing when I retire.

Piece of gear: I’m lucky to be sponsored by some great companies that make the best gear. However, one thing I did buy was a Bugaboo stroller carrier that I use for my bike when I travel. No bike fees!

Words of encouragement: “The pain of regret is far worse than the pain of pushing yourself!”

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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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