If someone tried to tell me a year ago I’d be going to the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, I would never have believed it. Today, I’m proud and excited to say, that is exactly where I am headed.
A year ago, I had just completed my first IM 70.3 in Cairns. I was really disappointed with the fact that I did some stints of walking on the run leg. I think this was the result of my running training in the lead up being affected by injury and going out at a pace that was a little too quick. These are both legitimate reasons why a run in a 70.3 might not quite go to plan, but my default was to hammer myself both during the race and after it with negative self-talk that chipped away at my confidence.
A few months later, I noticed a female athlete I train with was working with Kellie Pritchard-Peschek of DrKellieRose Performance Science. I had a look at her website and read about her ability to work alongside my triathlon training program and provide support strategies to help me manage my non-training life, and to allow me to optimize my training and achieve my performance goals. I made contact with Kellie and organised to have coffee with her and discuss where I was at, where I wanted to be and what she could do to help me bridge that gap.
“I signed up with Kellie that week, and it was THE BEST decision I have ever made.”
What struck me when I met Kellie was how she managed to be so friendly and approachable, whilst really clearly demonstrating she was a professional who understood how to utilise her extensive knowledge and skills to support female athletes to achieve their performance goals. I signed up with Kellie that week, and it was THE BEST decision I have ever made. We have gone on to develop numerous strategies to help me address the issues that have arisen over the past 9 months.
Prior to working with Kellie, I recognised that I didn’t handle stressful situations well. I have always struggled with confidence and when I was faced with a stressful situation, like getting dropped off the back of a hard group ride and not being able to get back on, I gave myself a really hard time and allowed self-doubt and it’s powerful negative voice to undermine the positive work I was doing in my training and how I felt about my ability to achieve my goals. With the benefit of Kellie’s expertise I now have a better understanding of why I was doing that, and we have developed strategies to re-direct my thinking so that this negative self-talk doesn’t get any ‘air time’. I have started using these strategies and have been successful in remaining calm, continuing on with whatever it is that I’m meant to be doing and not ‘going negative’. I have more work to do in this space given the fact it’s a habit I have engaged in for many years, but there is an obvious improvement in the way I now deal with these types of situations.
“I have completed two more 70.3 races, achieved a huge PB and earned a spot at the World Champs in France in September.“
Working with Kellie has resulted in me feeling calmer and being far less reactive to stressors on a day-to-day basis. I am more confident about what I’m capable of achieving as an athlete. With the benefit of her support and expertise over the past 9 months, I have completed two more 70.3 races, achieved a huge PB and earned a spot at the World Champs in France in September. I am confident that with Kellie’s guidance I will continue to bridge the gap between where I’m at and where I want to be. I cannot sing her praises highly enough.