Coached Athlete: Mike Willers

I stopped playing rugby in 2012 when I hit 40 and things started hurting too much! I was a bit lost without any sport in my life until my brother raced a 70.3 event at Port Macquarie in Australia in 2015

 I hadn’t considered triathlon and knew very little about it at that stage. My brother challenged me to do a sprint tri (Stratford) in 2016 and came over to the UK to race it with me. I was out of shape so started some gentle training. At that stage I couldn’t swim 400m front crawl. Once I started to feel fitter I thought I would enter an early sprint tri (Southam) to see what it was all about. I was very slow but I loved it and was bitten by the triathlon bug. In that first season I raced four sprint triathlons, finishing with racing Stratford with my brother at the end of the season.

In 2017 I decided to push myself a little more and up the distance to 70.3. With a busy job, which includes shift work, I needed to train efficiently and I came across Do3 and Dave Knight. I went along for a taster swim session and was immediately welcomed. The combination of top level coaching and a fantastic group of people is addictive! In 2017 I raced Ironman 70.3 Staffs, Wimbleball and Weymouth. 

Continuing the journey, 2018 is the year I will become an ‘Ironman’ with Ironman UK in July. Yes triathlon training is hard work but training properly, being supervised by a coach, and training with like minded people makes it thoroughly enjoyable.