In the third and final part to our Celtman blogs, we follow on from Ross and Amanda’s insightful stories from an athletes point of view, to finish with the views from Craig as a member of a support crew and coach for the event.
As a coach I have never had to be quite so ‘hands-on’ at a race before! But Celtman is not like your average race… Having cycled on parts of the route previously I knew what the bike course was going to be like – hilly, windy and likely wet! The run – despite finding many photos, videos and speaking to people who have done it - I think the only way you can truly understand its severity is by physically being in it. I knew there were many parts that are going to be walked/scrambled up when you reach the Beinn Eighe mountain range, but things don’t quite look the same on a computer screen. And then there’s the swim. It can be summed up in 2 words. Cold. Jellyfish.
So as coach for Amanda who completed Celtman (and shared her story here) I knew that, if it was possible, getting to go and train on the course would be extremely beneficial to give confidence and feel more relaxed with what was to come on race day. Thankfully Amanda was able to make it up on 2 occasions – with mixed weather conditions, shall we say! The run and water temperature were what I thought were most important to get accustomed to.
I have outlined 6 areas which I feel anyone competing in Celtman should take into account.
Congrats to all who took on Celtman! Extreme Scottish Triathlon – it’s not called ‘extreme’ just for the lol’s!
I enjoyed my supporter duties so much that I may even enter the ballot myself for 2019!
Good luck to anyone who takes on Celtman in the future – I might see some of you next year…
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