Over the last 11 years I made good progress on my fitness and saw improvements in my triathlon times and positions but had seen my progress begin to plateau. I met Dawn and after a “gastrically” challenged ultra marathon in 2016 I started working with Dawn on my nutrition to firstly specifically understand the problems I had during my ultra but more generally to better understand how to plan my nutrition to support training, racing and recovery for half and full ironman triathlons.
The last 10 months have been transformational. It has been a pleasure working with Dawn, she has been challenging when required and supportive when understanding the practicalities of combing a new nutrition plan with work and family life.
The first major benefit has been a reduction in weight through following a better nutrition plan and cutting out unnecessary carbohydrates and adding protein to my diet. This decrease towards my race weight saw early running PBs with first ever sub 40 min10k and a 25 min improvement in my marathon time and a resulting good for age for London 2018.
The main benefit however has been following a plan to support my ironman training. I have consistently had more energy with far fewer mid afternoon dips and much improved recovery after some long and arduous training sessions. This, like my early season running results, has seen a step change in my performances. From age group results in the top 10% I have already had two podium finishes in Olympic to Half ironman as well as qualification at the Tour of Cambridgeshire for the World Gran Fondo in August 2017. I am confident of more to come this season and going forward!
Working with Dawn has easily been my best investment in my triathlon experience to date. Having bought lighter or more aero kit over recent years as many of us do I have seen a much more significant return from working with Dawn. She has equipped me with a good general understanding of the key elements of nutrition which I now feel confident to apply both this season and going forward. I also have a great mentor for reference with any future nutritional challenges. Thank you Dawn!
– Giles C, Rutland UK