Having never done a triathlon before, a lot of people told me it would be a good idea to get a coach, but I had always thought that online training plans and generic advice would see me through. Long story short they did not. After struggling with my way around the London Marathon I realised I needed some outside help. I engaged with Simon through IRONMAN U and it has been such a great experience. Simon is EXTREMELY knowledgable in all things triathlon and has a way of explaining techniques, training methods and delivering feedback which makes you feel like an amateur. My biggest issue ahead of my IRONMAN 70.3 was the open water swim. The idea of which would keep me up at night. Simon took this on board and focused on getting me out of the safety and comfort of the pool, taking me to a local lake and also to a choppy sea to help me overcome my anxiety and acclimatise to open water conditions. To cut a long story short, I completed my first 70.3 in Edinburgh and I can honestly say this would not have been possible without Simon’s help. We are now moving onto phase two, which id focusing on technique and performance so I can smash Weymouth 70.3 in September ahead of the ultimate goal of a full IRONMAN in South Africa next year ! ! !