Multiple Ironman Champion
I have really worked on being comfortable in my own skin, confident in my training and having self-belief. I find the less I worry about everyone else and focus on myself and the things I can control—everything from diet, discipline in training, my cadence on the bike, attitude—these are all things that keep you focused on the moment. For example, when swimming, let’s say 10×400, if you think about 400’s number 8, 9 and 10 and you are only on number 2, that’s a daunting task. So instead, I only worry about the 400 that’s at hand. I focus on control for the first 100, turnover for the second 100—everything is in the moment. I gear up for the third 100 to be the toughest and empty the tank on the last 100. Just really breaking things down. The same can be applied for racing—there is no use thinking about the marathon when treading water to swim 2.4. Another small change: I spent years “racing” workouts, training consistently at an 80 percent effort level. The moment I had the confidence to take it easy on the easy days (this means not trying to keep up with the boys), I was able to find my 95–100 percent range. With enough practice, that upper range is able to grow, which results in performance and training gains.