Well Sue, look how far these “boring walks” (now boring rides and swims) have taken you.
Ok, let me set some context for people reading. I have been coaching Sue now for roughly 4+ years. Let’s break that down again, the first year that Sue and I worked together I was still the “old Nathan”. Sue started within a training setting of a small group of 4 (now all best friends). The old school sessions were twice/week and 60 minutes each. The “Old Nathan” was there to not be your friend, I was there to train you, work you and get you “performing” (or at least that was the idea). The sessions were hard, fast and if you couldn’t keep up, they all knew where the door was.
Oh how different things are these days with the correct training information and application.
Ok so let’s fast forward about a year of the “Old Nathan” style of training and while Sue was showing signs of improvement, it would be nothing in comparison to what this amazing woman can achieve now.
Below is a statement from Sue after our first large performance achievement together of the Sydney OXFAM Trailwalker which was a 100km hike in 2018. Sue shared this with a close friend (and MFHP client Meghan Kenny).
“Participating in 2018 Oxfam was not only a daunting thought for me but a “real” goal with the possibility that I would not make it! What sort of fitness and strength did I need to compete in an event that required hiking for 100 kilometres with only 7 short breaks of no more than 30 mins (to replace bandaids!)?
I had been training with Nathan for approximately a year prior to succumbing to the thrill of taking on this challenge. I had built up overall body strength over this time when about three months out from Oxfam Nathan recommended that I start walking on the treadmill keeping my heart rate at 180 less my age (and less for LAHR) for one hour three times per week gradually increasing to walk 10 kilometres each session. I did what he said, eventually walking the 10 kms which took about 1 hour 40 mins twice a week then doing a 5 – 10 km hike “in the real world” once a week. My treadmill walks were nicknamed “the boring walk” and yes it was boring usually adjusting the incline to accommodate the low heart rate number. It was frustrating keeping a walk when all I wanted to do was run to “save time” – why couldn’t I just run it, surely high heart rate = faster results, right? I trusted Nathan, walked my heart out and it paid off finishing Oxfam in just over 29 hours ….. and less 3 toenails!
LAHR WORKS – I AM PROOF!”
This was just the start of Sue’s endurance performance. Look at the list of events below (I am sure I have missed plenty). I have placed the links in for you to check them out.
OXFAM 100km Hike 2018
Maximum Adventures (too many to count)
21km Buffalo Stampede 2019 (CRAZY!!!)
Morris Method Day Hike 2019 – 50km UTA course (and every other hike Nathan puts on haha).
OXFAM 100km Hike 2019
10+ day Nepal Trek 2019
Triple Triathlon (swim, bike legs) 2019.
Loop the lake cycling event.
Maximum Adventures 2020
Convict 100 (68) (cancelled not even a week before). So did it anyway.
OXFAM 2020 (cancelled, however doesn’t even need to train for it now haha)
2020 – “The Big Ride” – A self designed challenge by long term client David Lawrence. A road cycling challenge with three of our clients out at Orange NSW, a total of 190km’s per day for 3 consecutive days!! The km’s were tough, but the conditions were extreme with 41+ degree heat and 40+ head winds….yuck!!
2021 – Terra Nova Half
2021 – OXFAM (play time)
2021 – Western Sydney Half Ironman
Over the past 3 years, Sue and like many others have really adopted a new way of looking at their training modality. Understanding how the energy systems interact within the body and why working towards a timeline is key. Not just chronically trying to train as much and/or as hard as they could all the time, but a more progressive and periodised approach. An approach where lifestyle factors like sleep and nutrition play an integral role in their endurance performance improvements.
Sue has grasped onto the information over the years of us working together and really taken it above and beyond. Her process of gaining knowledge and application to her life has been a pleasure to watch. I have worked with many people over the last decade and to come across someone as dedicated to her lifestyle choices and nutritional intake is inspiring to me and many people in our circle. Like many of our clients when they first start, they aren’t necessarily carrying an excessive amount of weight, but once the lifestyle factors and training modality changes the body fat levels reduce and thus their endurance performance really goes to that next level.
When we work with a client, getting someone to train consistently but yet also listening to the body and resting when it’s required is a subject that stands out to me with Sue’s training approach. Sue’s consistency overtime (like over a solid 3 year period) has grown her endurance to such a higher capacity but yet on the flip side Sue will stop, take a day, two days or even an entire week off if her body needs the rest. That for many people is harder than training consistently.
Many of our Sydney clients know about Sue and is brought up in many conversations as plenty of others do aspire to perform just like Sue. While Sue has a training program as described above, Sue showcases the unique qualities below that are needed to bring the program and training to life. I have placed some further detail below of each listed here.
- Self initiative
- Self discipline
- Clear and specific direction/goals
- Self reflection/review.
noun. an introductory act or step; leading action: to take the initiative in making friends. readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise: to lack initiative. one’s personal, responsible decision: to act on one’s own initiative.
noun. Self discipline is the ability you have to control and motivate yourself, stay on track and do what is right. An example of self discipline is when you make sure you stay in your lane when training in a group.
The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.
What is it that you truly want and what are you willing to make sacrifices for?
“Ignorance is bliss” but it won’t get you anywhere. To critically evaluate yourself regularly. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Out of the above comment below what do you think is your biggest strength? And what do you think is your biggest opportunity for improvement?
What a pleasure it has been Sue. Your willingness to trust me in every step of our crazy journey together has truly allowed me to be the coach I am today. I now have the opportunity to share this approach with people all over Australia and world wide. I really wouldn’t know where I would be without your constant support and the words “Thank you” don’t express it enough. You are everything I want for a client.
Thank you for living the good life. xx