“What if? Why not?”

My “Road to Kona 2017” has been travelling along nicely. Post last year’s Ironman World Championship, I headed back to Phuket and rounded out the year with some confidence boosting results which included a 2nd place at 5150 Bohol and 70.3 Ironman Phuket respectively, as well as win at the Thailand Tri League Series in Sattahip.

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Since then, I have been working hard on my preparation for my first Ironman of 2017 which will be in 2 weeks time. Back in December, I was able to head back to my home town in Western Australia and spend some much needed “down time” with friends and family. Even though I had no daily structured training per se, I was able to hit my run mileage target (I will not scare you all but one week was equivalent to running from Bunbury to Perth) as well as some swim and bike sessions. It was nice to incorporate my training with my local sporting clubs and see some old training partners!

I returned┬áback to Phuket in mid-january where training commenced with my annual participation in Siam Bike “Zack Attack” Tour. The 10 day tour includes riding from Bangkok to Phuket in 10 days as well as swim and run sessions under the watchful guidance of my coach, Jurgen Zack. Not only does this tour enable me to meet new athletes, but gives me a great boost of aerobic endurance heading into the race season. Each year, I have seen improvements in all 3 disciplines which is a great testament to my coach, consistent training and determination to continuously improve over recent years.

Since then, I have competed in 2 races – both to test the fitness and lead me into my first “A” race of the year. Even though both races have had some on course issues – I am fairly delighted with my overall race day effort. I was able to finish on the podium for both races (Thailand Tri League Bangsean and 70.3 Subic Bay) and am now very keen to tackle my preferred race distance (being Ironman).

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What I have learnt most in recent months is that for me personally, my mental toughness is still lacking – especially on race day. I have been working hard to remove the worry of failure out of my mindset. Now I think more on the lines of “why not have a go?” – because really what is the worst thing that could happen? Using inspiration from fellow athletes whom I admire and look up to, I have found a positive outlook within my training and racing and am not afraid to search for hurt!

I am delighted to continue my training and so-called “abnormal life” in Phuket (yes mum and dad I still do miss you each and every day) with my great network of friends whom I consider my family. Thanks to the continued support from Z-Coaching, Thailand Tri League, Alaska, The Siam Supper Club, Jiakina Customised, Xterra Wetsuits Australia, On Running, KMC Chain, Reize Energy Drink, Bont Shoes, Compressport Thailand and Sponser. I am so excited that I am able to live my dream and this is not possible without your support.

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“Willpower knows no obstacles”

Stay tuned…..

THE DUKE