First 30 Days on Team 220

Team 220 coaches help Josh Hilliard find the right balance between training nutrition and recovery

The easiest way to sum up the last month would be to call it “satisfyingly busy”

Working with both Rebecca and Peter has already proven to be of significant benefit to my training, as has the gear from Ventou, Polar, and USN that arrived in the mail a few weeks ago.

During our initial conversation, Rebecca suggested she do a thorough assessment of my body, eating habits and goals, so that she could start to formulate a plan to get me to where I wanted to be. Needless to say, I was more than willing to oblige.

My first appointment with Rebecca was great. She knows her craft well and, more importantly, she is very generous with her knowledge. Her specialisation in nutrition for athletes is obvious; straight away she was testing my response to caffeine and had me doing sweat tests. After following her prescribed diet plan for a few weeks now, I’m starting to see some really promising results.

When first talking with Pete, he advised that I train with his squad so that he could identify my strong and weak points. I was pleased when he said he was happy with how I swam, but we both agreed my main area in need of improvement was running well off the bike. We’ve since incorporated sessions targeting this into my program and I’m feeling more confident about my run every day.

The other change Peter helped me with was more psychological. Like a lot of triathletes, I’d always let the principle of ‘train harder’ dictate my approach to improvement. Pete has helped me come to understand that pushing myself every single session will bring about limited improvement and will more than likely lead to injury. I’ve therefore been focusing hard on the recovery aspect of training, as well as the work aspect, and I’m feeling much better for it.

On a more personal level, I like to be able to build a relationship with the people I work with in the triathlon world (like you would try to with a good bike shop or a good physio). With both Pete and Rebecca being so easy to get along with, they just slip straight into that network. I hope the next few months are as rewarding as this first one has been!