2013

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Rodge

So another year comes to an end…

On reflection & review of 2013, pleasingly all RP athletes feel they’ve made significant progress. For many athletes that would simply mean ‘time’ improvements, but from a RP point of view, if you seriously want to improve yourself as an athlete, you have to look at the bigger picture. 

The ‘bigger picture’ definitely doesn’t suit everyone. Understandably some want quicker, more instant ‘results’. Obviously there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that but if it’s a deeper understanding and (from a triathlon point of view) holistic fulfilment you want, then the long term plan is hard to argue against. 

As a RP coach I want to see athletes growing, whilst enjoying the process. For those that have put in the ‘quiet’, often unseen ‘ groundwork, consistent training and embraced athlete/coach communication, real progress is right around the corner.

In 2014 we are certain to see many new exciting developments for triathlon, with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow set to be the highlight. Next year will hopefully be a big year for Racepace too. It will be a year that will include the progress of all senior RP athletes and the early stages of L.T.A.D (long term athlete development) junior female, Blythe Fourie.

Blythe along with all current RP athletes Neil, Wendy, Victoria and Sarah, is a pleasure to work with…yes there has to be some ‘hard work, but ‘it’ doesn’t have to be ‘hard work’.

There have been some real standout moments from all RP athletes this year but I’d like to give a special mention to someone indirectly involved in Racepace. 

This person is as genuine as they come and only gives 100% support to his wife in her athletic ambition and has personally helped me with his expertise. This person had never done a triathlon until September 2013. RP was kindly offered a free entry to the open event at the AG World Champs in London from Rob Macleod at Vital Events but as I was already racing I contemplated who could use it. After speaking to his wife we agreed it would be great if he took part – a role reversal and a chance for both to ‘see it from the other side’. True to form he didn’t let her down and ultimately he embraced the offer. Obviously it wasn’t without uncertainty – we all remember our 1st triathlon. He completed the race in style, flying around the streets of London on his bike as we cheered him on. In front of friends and family he reminded us all what triathlon’s really about. So a massive well done to Sarah’s husband Pete Jepson, way to go Sir…

On going forward, I say…

If you love what you do then do it as best you can, if you don’t love what you do then try something new…

RP