Former Tri-Dubai Director Sportif and EC Ambassador, Tony DeBoom recently spoke about his experiences working with the world’s best triathletes back in 2005 and 2006 and described what he felt were the 5 key components that all successful athletes possess.
“As team Directeur to arguable the greatest triathletes in the world, such as, Normann Stadler, Peter Reid, Cameron Brown, Tim, Heather Fuhr, Jo Lawn, Simon Lessing, Craig Alexander, Lisa Bentley I have been witness to a wide variety of competitive strategies. After working with these talented athletes for a couple of years I have realized what I deem as 5 essentials to gaining and maintaining a competitive edge in racing.”
No. 1 Be Regimented
Make sure you are on time and try to keep a regimented schedule. Always allow yourself time while traveling in case of emergencies. You can never be too sure traveling to different destinations and you must be prepared for when things go wrong…don’t worry, they’ll go wrong.
No. 2 Preparation
Everyone must be physically and mentally prepared for life on the road and be able to live out of a suitcase to compete with the best at the world level. Most athletes like to be prepared 30 minutes to an hour before the gun goes off. 30 minutes out – go find a mellow spot and put on the ipod – set everything else aside and prepare to release your inner Spartan.
No. 3 Equipment
Make sure your equipment is perfect. If you want to be at the top of your game, then you must have 100% confidence in your gear. Tim is unparalleled at this. He is a master wrench himself to make sure there is never a bike problem he can’t handle.
No. 4 Diet
All athletes on the road must be able to adapt to all of the different cuisines when traveling. The food in some places won’t always agree with you, but you must train your body to adapt. Intake as many vitamins and natural energy supplements as you can to not only prepare for the upcoming event, but to be prepared for the travel as well. I’ve seen some athletes train themselves to act as a garbage disposal where they can digest just about anything.
No. 5 Sportsmanship
Because triathlon is an individualist sport, its very easy to become selfish, jealous and spiteful. Sometimes these characteristics are necessary to be a champion, but one needs to keep them in check or you could wind up as a winner, but never considered to be a champion. A loss can be difficult to deal with sometimes, but a champion will walk away from the day with a smile regardless. Learn from each loss and use them to fix mistakes so they won’t happen again. Show great sportsmanship around fans, sponsors, media, competitors and officials.