Coached Athlete: Paul Nash
At the age of 50, I wanted to do an event to raise money for Cancer Charity, so I entered a “Super Sprint Triathlon” on the South Coast. It was a Sea swim, and too be honest I stood on the beach start line, 17st and nervous, wondering what I had entered. Well I struggled to swim 200m in the sea, pedalled like mad on a “Mountain Bike” and got nowhere fast, and jogged and hobbled on a 2.5km run. It was not the fastest time, but I sat on the beach afterwards feeling totally elated and completely hooked, on the sport of Triathlon.
In 2018, I have just celebrated my 60th Birthday by completing the Ironman 70.3 Marbella event, which was both brutal and rewarding. And in the last 10 years I have completed 2 Full Ironman races (Mallorca & Louisville) and 15 Ironman 70.3 events.
I have been working with Dave and Do3 for 5 years, and he has moved me up from a basic swimmer to someone who enjoys the Open water swimming, and regularly takes part in long swim events. An average cyclist, to a competitor who regularly comes in the top 5% of my age category, but I am still a plodder on the run, so Dave has a challenge in 2018 of making me a runner.
So I am aiming to get to a podium place during 2018, with a hope to reach the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2019. So Dave has loads to do on me, especially the run aspect.
One of the enjoyable things within the Do3 Squad is the comradery and support for all the members regardless of age, level or ability. Everyone is genuinely supportive, and rejoices in completing races, and completing demanding training sessions alike. As one of the elder members of the squad, I am often ask about the course layout and logistics, as I have raced numerous Sprints/Olympics and Ironman races in UK, Europe and USA.