TWS S2 E2 • Will Usher
Being Relaxed Is Key: Triathlete and Coach Will Usher on Competing In His First Ironman
"Some of the best things in life are enjoyed retrospectively and endurance training is definitely one of those things"
Last year I met with Will Usher in a Costa Coffee that’s next to Guildford’s train station. I had no idea what to expect, I just knew this was the man who would be able to help me fulfil a dream I’ve had for around 8 years: to become an Ironman.
I was slightly nervous and as I had arrived first, I was left making the unnerving decision of whether I buy my own coffee first or wait for the person to come and then buy the coffee for us.
I know it really doesn’t matter, but I never know which is the best course of action and it’s a conundrum I still face today!
So once we had a steaming hot coffee in front of us, we opened Will’s laptop and started looking at the possible races I could enter!
My surroundings melted away as I was absorbed with awe and excitement about what I might achieve next year!
I was so excited and nervous. I was coming completely cold into every discipline: swimming, cycling and running.
At this point I had never been open water swimmer, run more than 15km nor did I own a road bike.
As Will says in this conversation, I was a ‘very interesting project’.
We chose Ironman Barcelona as it’s a super flat course compared to others and it was also Will’s major race of the year, so at least I wouldn’t be doing it solo.
This was September 2016.
Fast forward to September 30th 2017 at 10:44:03pm I crossed the finish line and became an Iron(wo)man, in just 13:55:20!
I won’t mention that Will did his in only 9:50:45, crossing the finish line at 6:17:43pm, finishing in the top 50 of his age group!
With Will’s help and training I was able to fulfil my dream, but over this year I have accumulated many questions for him that I have yet to ask him and I also wanted to find out in detail how he found the race.
My plan was to do an interview the next day, but I was absolutely shattered and could barely string a word together!
Will and I hope you really enjoy this episode and find it helpful in fulfilling your Ironman endeavours :)
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