Working with the TriDot triathlon training system and coach Jeff Booher has really taken my racing ability to the next level
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
TriDot triathlon training coach Natasha van der Merwe finished 6th place in the pro field at Ironman Mont Tremblant after increasing training from half- to full-iron distance only 3 weeks prior.
“Working with the TriDot triathlon training system and coach Jeff Booher has really taken my racing ability to the next level,” says Natasha van der Merwe. “I finally had proper pacing and nutrition for getting the most out of myself on race day and weight training to stay injury free which resulted in consistent and strong results in the 70.3 distance. Three weeks ago, I decided to do my first Ironman - Mont Tremblant…we hadn’t been specifically trained for it or any full iron event. With very focused training all season and the knowledge of how to translate fitness to race-day pacing and ability, bumping up to race this distance even without the required ‘Ironman training’ seemed very possible.”
“This was a first for me,” says CEO and Founder of TriDot Jeff Booher. “I’ve never had an athlete decide to do her first full-iron race just three weeks prior to an event. That’s crazy, right. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of the TriDot System and how it gives visibility to the optimal training loads and translates those to race ability. Too many systems focus only on distance and not the actual workloads and development of workload capacities being developed in training. Natasha’s long run was only about 1:40 three weeks prior to Mont Tremblant for goodness sake. With a tenacious and gifted athlete using the TriDot System, it’s amazing what’s possible.”
Ironman Mont Tremblant took place in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The 2.4-mile swim took place in Tremblant Lake, followed by a 112-mile bike through Mont-Tremblant’s mountains. Athletes then embarked on the 26.2-mile (full marathon) run course.
“I completed the Ironman in 10:41 and was incredibly comfortable the whole day,” says van der Merwe. “The TriDot pacing plan was spot on. Going into the race, I knew exactly what my ability to race was and made sure I stuck to that and didn’t race outside of myself. I felt that I got stronger throughout the day and at no point was I ever struggling. The perfect nutrition plan meant that I had the right amount of energy from start to finish and had no stomach, cramping or dehydration issues all day which have plagued me before getting on the TriDot System. Beyond the pacing and nutrition plan , Coach [Jeff] made sure I was mentally prepared for the day. At no point did I doubt that I was going to finish or not feel extremely positive from start to finish. What a great first Ironman experience. Was honestly ALOT easier than I ever expected it would be, and can’t wait to do the next one.”
Coach Natasha van der Merwe is a professional triathlete, member of the Tri4Him Elite Team, and coach at TriDot. She states, "as a professional triathlete I train on and trust my career to the TriDot System." In her first full year as a pro triathlete, she qualified for 70.3 Worlds. Coach Natasha has coached more than 100 athletes covering all aspects of the sport from functional strength training to technique on the swim, bike, and run.
The TriDot® System is a one-of-a-kind, patents-pending triathlon training and racing system developed based on extensive and ongoing primary research since 2004. The TriDot® System's Intelligent Design Process (IDP) is a data-driven process that produces optimized training programs built for each athlete that deliver maximum results per training hour invested (Result: more performance gains and/or less training time). Serving beginners to professionals, the TriDot® System takes the guesswork out of triathlon training and racing.
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