It was a massive weekend in triathlon and one I watched with a great deal of pleasure. I have been working with the NSWIS triathlon team over the past 5 years and this year there were 7 athletes from the group; Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie, Charlotte McShane, Natalie Van Coevorden, Ashlee Bailie and Tamsyn Moana Veale, making up the majority of the Australian team, in addition to Brendan Sexton and Erin Densham whom I have worked with off and on over the past 2 years.
The results were on the most part excellent, even though I am sure some of them would have wanted more. With Aaron Royle taking out the Under 23 World Championships in an awesome sprint finish.
What it takes for these athletes to reach their potential on a daily basis is something that most of the public would be amazed by. The level of commitment required, not just in training but in every aspect of their lives, is exemplary and something that most professional athletes could learn something from. There is no such thing as “good luck”.
I think I yelled as loud at the computer when Aaron Royle was still stuck in a group of 4 with 500m to go, as I did when Erin had 300 to go at the Olympics. I have been working with Aaron since I started with the NSWIS group and have seen him mature as an athlete and an adult (I’m sounding old) over that time. It hasn’t been all peachey for Aaron however. I remember running a track 5km race with him about 3 years ago. Aaron was the only one who hadn’t travelled to Europe, as he had stayed in Wollongong trying to find some form. I remember the car ride home with him, which was quite somber after he was quite a ways off the pace.
This makes Aaron’s win on the weekend all the better in my eyes. Things do not always go to plan. In fact, they often don’t. But it is a matter of figuring out what you need to do and then fighting like hell to achieve it over a long period of time until you achieve what you are after.
For Aaron, as with all of the group, this is what they do and how they approach their routines. Hat off to all of you and a huge congrats to Aaron. You really deserved that victory on the weekend.