Training Dumb

June 23

Sick, fatigued, irritable, grumpy and depressed. If your goal is to feel this way as a triathlete, then don't take my following advice.

Listen to Brett Sutton. Brett is heard but seemingly not listened to often enough.
I have listened to his training principles and philosophy to triathlon, personally experienced them and reaped the benefits with a Kona Qualification and experiences I never thought possible.

Training Dumb
Personally I have trained my arse off, followed a plan to the letter, been on super long rides, no pain no gain philosophy and it got me to;
- repetitively sick (colds mostly)
- grumpy & selfish (ask my wife)
- depressed when missing training for a day or two
- under weight through poor nutrition
- 2013 Cairns Ironman 10hrs 47min
- quit triathlon as soon as race ended
Ironman Cairns was a specific goal with a lot of sacrifice and looking back it was like catching a train through the Canadian Rocky Mountains and not looking out the window once.

Training Smart
2016 I decided to come back to triathlon with a new perspective on life. 2 year old son and 3 month old daughter now in play, I had a lot more on my plate this time around.
My training took a change with doing the Trisutto online plan for half-iron distance - went well and won my age group at the Tweed Enduro 2017. So then did the full-iron distance online plan in the lead up to Cairns. This resulted in slashing 1hr 15mins off my previous time to 9hrs 32min.
However I was still making mistakes of old and training when I should back off. I then decided to get "serious" and get a coach. Cameron Watt was recommended and thankfully had a spot for me and set me straight by:
- relieving all the stress involved in training and subsequent sessions
- providing structured advice to race preparation
- technique advice applicable to triathlon in each discipline
- calmness to my outlook on triathlon
- belief. I felt like a boxer with someone always in the corner for me.
We then qualified for Kona by winning my age group in Quijing and then was set-up for a memorable day Oct 14th in the lava fields.
The best part of it all was I continued training after Kona because I had fallen in love with the sport and lifestyle of triathlon. I was now looking out the window on the train and a much happier man, husband and father in the process.

So my advice to train smart and live happy is to:
- Listen to 30+ years of experience across all levels of triathlon and life outside triathlon - Brett Sutton.
- Explore the purpose to your triathlon goals and involve loved ones with you on that journey.
- Get a coach, obviously a Trisutto coach.
- See triathlon as an extension of your life, not your identity.
- Last but not least, do a race without any technology at all but the timing chip on your ankle.

Happy training :)