Heidi comes from an amazing sports background, Elite runner, Pro Tennis player and Nationally ranked swimmer. Her parents were both Olympians, but she pursued Psychology and now she combines this experience and has many answers as to how to get more from your performances. I was curious why I swam so well when under team pressure in the US Collegiate system but did not quite reach the performances I had hoped for at the more solo events ie Olympic Trials. She helps us think about what to look for in a Tri coach and respective coaching styles. The Psychology of coaching.
You can reach her on - https://qualityoverquantity.uk/about
Heidi Lawrie founded an organisation which recognises the importance of a more flexible product at more affordable prices. In addition to individual coaching we are experts in team coaching. The latest research finds that team coaching has far more impact than individual coaching. It has been reported that team coaching increases team performance, systemic awareness and commitment to an organisation.
Heidi was born to two double Olympians and was a successful Junior Tennis player in her own right. The result of which lead her to become obsessed with the power of the mind. It was then she decided to retire from sport and follow the academic route where, she completed an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Nottingham University.
Duncan and I chat about his switch from athlete to coach, his background, Kona, IM Lanzarote and his coaching philosophies. A rising star on the Tri coaching scene he shares how he looks after his athletes having nearly got locked down at the end of his last training camp at Playitas, Fuerteventura. You can read more about his coaching group at https://www.sisuracing.co.uk or contact Duncan on firstname.lastname@example.org
He has completed 13 IRONMAN races, 3 at Kona World Championships
Numerous 70.3 IRONMAN'S
Is an IRONMAN Certified Coach
Open Water Swim Coach for Hercules Events
Training Peaks Certified Coach and Ambassador
Expert published contributor to "Time Outdoors" & "Mens Health"
Twice completed the Marathon Des Sable's, recognised as the toughest foot race on the planet
Diploma in Personal Training and Nutrition
Numerous Ultras incld UTSW twice
Swum competitively at club, county and regional level
Coached swimming at club level for over 7 years, all ranges and abilities including Masters, County and Regionals
After 10 years of coaching Tri/Openwater I had become a little stale with my coaching and needed a new challenge. I was fortunate to meet Coach Michelle Weltman who was running the London Disability Swim Club. About the same time I was racing for Otters SC and met Susie. The chance to work with Michelle who I had observed on pooldeck was too jumped at. Susie won Bronze in 2012 and moved to Gold in Rio. We still swim together under Michelles watchful eye. The 3 of us chat about the ParaOlympics, training, swim technique, the challenge of swimming with disabilities.
Claire FudGe - BSc RD Pg.Cert Adv Dip
Being a nutritionist and Ironman leaves Claire well qualified to talk about GI Distress and eating well. I asked her some questions about this and other ideas re fuelling for Tri.
Claire set up https://www.4thdiscipline.co.uk and her career began after graduating form Kings College London in 2003 with a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Since this time she has covered many different medical specialties for different disease states and continues to practice as a clinical registered dietitian.
Eid was shadowing one of our fitness sessions from the neighbouring public lane a while back. While at first I though how cheeky of him he then came and apologised. Didn't I feel dreadful as he explained he was a Syrian Refugee living on £5 per day at the local YMCA and swimming was his escape from the stress of his former war torn life and the chaos of being smuggled to the UK. Recognising his talent, I did not believe he had only recently learned to swim we were keen to take him on. Letters to the IOC, sponsors, training camps to Club La Santa, the United Nations a new world was opening to us both.
Dr Claire Diethe is an old friend, originally came to us to improve her swimming in 2006 which she did ! (and talks about this in the podcast) and has helped with medical opinion ever since. Her new venture https://www.cognitivesportstherapy.com is helping many of us though lockdown and you should check out the ever so helpful Instagram feed with daily tips on coping, looking after yourself from a sports and therapy perspective.
2003 SFT were just getting going at a single location in Essex. Scott heard about us and visited from South London each week. His commitment was legendary while his fitness and tech less so. From those early years of getting back on track to finally qualifying for Kona. An interesting story as our Tri stories have weaved in and out via Steve Trew training camps, trips to Club La Santa, Ironman South Africa and now finding pleasure in trail running. It is all here and makes for an inspirational listen. Enjoy
Dan and I go way back as swim team mates from our WF Gator days with coach Mark Taylor. As mentioned if you have a swim injury what could be better than being treated by someone who really knows swimming.
Dan is now a coach at his children's swim club and combines his Physio knowledge with coaching. I usually liase with Dan on any new swim drills we create, check with him when we read about anything new in the world of swimming. Checking to see if it is safe and of use in the way we train swimmers. Keep in mind something designed for an Olympian Pool Swimmer might not filter down to openwater or Tri.
Read more on Dans guidance for swim injuries here - https://bit.ly/2W4ivq2
A discussion on Nutrition, Cramping and her own sporting history and ambitions. Prof Maaike Kruseman lectures at the Uni of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. When we host training camps overseas it can be fascinating to discover our clients backgrounds and when we met Maaike I could not believe our luck. I just let her take over the Q&A during one of our sessions. We discuss many of the tried and tested cramping solutions and offer some you might not have tried.
1992ish and while a student at Ohio University on a swim scholarship Ralph and I coached the Waltham Forest London Youth Games Tri team to success at the Interborough champs at Crystal Palace. This started an interest in Tri which led to racing, training camps, overseas competitions and eventually Swim For Tri as I resumed coaching with my sister, Keeley.
If you have met Ralph on a training camp you will know he is a larger than life character and great fun. Enjoy