IronMan debut 11hrs 47 at Vichy, France
In little more than 3 years in the sport Magda has experienced some highs and lows. After an initial rapid rise from novice to winning Guernsey’s GraniteMan half iron distance race she struggled with sustaining the momentum of the progress she had achieved and experienced the lows of injury and illness which meant 2015 did not live up to her high expectations. When she started training with me last year we set about attaining consistency and perhaps most importantly learning that sometimes taking it easy is the better option.
She decided 2016 was going to be the year of the IronMan and she trusted me to coach her through the process. That she trusted me was great as I’d not coached anyone to Iron distance before, so I felt really under the spotlight – I could not let her down! Preparation was good but not perfect – the usual hiccups of a slight injury or bit of illness got in the way, but all of the key sessions were completed, the overall volume was good and with it came confidence and self belief. Magda is not a quitter – she will never readily give up and armed with a reserve of resilience it saw her through the race and she exceeded her expectations. We’d expected a bit of walk / run strategy for the marathon but she was able to maintain running all the way – except through the aid stations where walking was planned to keep the fueling going.
All in all it was a perfectly executed race with lots of smiles, and shows that Magda is naturally well suited to being a long distance athlete. Bravo. 2017 Goal – go faster in Copenhagen !