David McNamee’s top tips for success!6th Dec 2017 | Written by Carolyn Reid
Our 2017 athlete of the year, David McNamee, has had an incredible year, culminating in a third-place finish in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. With over a decade of experience in triathlon, he offered some advice for young triathletes at our awards ceremony, which we would like to share again with our members. Here’s what David had to say…
It`s coming up on 12 years since I found myself on the start line of my first triathlon. During that time, I have been fortunate enough to train with some of the best coaches and athletes in the sport. I would like to share a couple of things I have learned.
1) Make sure you enjoy the process of getting better. Find a coach and a training group that makes you excited to push yourself each day. Race results are unpredictable, especially as you are developing as an athlete but the right training environment will ensure that over the long term you reach your body`s limits.
2) The learning process never stops, never be arrogant and believe you know everything about yourself and training. This year I have spent a lot of time training alongside Jan Frodeno, Olympic Champion and 3x World Champion. He challenged some beliefs I had about my training program, and by listening and adapting I found those extra performance gains I needed this season. Even Jan has a coach who challenges him.
3) There will be periods in your sports career when things just don’t go well, whether it is bad race results or injury setbacks. It’s important to remember that these are short term set-backs and in the grand scheme of things it will most likely not affect your long-term development. It’s during these times especially that it’s important to listen to those you trust.
4) If you are unfortunate enough to be told you don’t have the talent to make it in the sport then it’s your choice if you believe it or not. Twice in my career I have been told this, both times I had the confidence and motivation to ignore this advice and continue improving.
5) The majority of the people that will help you in this sport are volunteers. Always be thankful that these people are giving up their free time and energy to help you.