The Ironman World Championships in Kona have come and gone for another year. It always seems to throw up some surprise results and this year was no different. For most, the result of David McNamee may have been the biggest surprise. But for those who know David and have followed his career closely will know that although a huge result, it is not overly shocking. I have been lucky to have known David from the start of his Triathlon journey firstly as a fellow athlete, and then as a coach. Here is an insight into the man of the hour:
Hails from Irvine, Scotland. 29 years old.
2006- Transition into Triathlon from a competitive swimmer.
2011- World U23 siver medallist
2014- 7th Commonwealth Games, Glasgow.
2015- Took himself off the British Triathlon Performance program after realising he would not make the British team for the Rio Olympics.
Project long course/Kona begins.
2015- IMUK Champion/11th, Kona debut & fastest run split.
2016- 13th, Kona, in what was a disappointing race but valuable learning.
2017- Every race on the podium including 2 70.3 victories.
Unwavering self belief in his own ability, coupled with a proven ability to race.
Meticulous in his training & his attention to detail, from key sessions to pre-hab exercises. He gets the job done.
Ability to make sacrifices for the right performance reasons. Moved to Girona full time in 2015 to set up a training base.
Fantastic role model for aspiring professional athletes.
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