HEAD COACH MIKE GEE
I really caught the triathlon bug in 2005 after signing up for the Busselton 70.3. Progression came quickly and the goal of trying to find my limits led to a professional licence in 2008.
Exciting times turn tragic as three months later a fractured hip joint led to the words all runners dread "you'll never run again". It took a long two years to get back and then to racing professionally, but as always there are positives in all situations. Patience, long term focus, composure in uncontrollable situations and a belief that there is nothing that can't be over come, are all positives that have helped me greatly in my athletic and coaching career. The satisfaction of getting back and winning the State Long Course Title was truly epic.
I was back and chasing my limits, but again my career was derailed after being taken out by a car at high speed. The results were a fractured neck (C7) and back (T1). Three months in a back and neck brace before a rushed effort to get back and try to defend the State Title. My last professional race is probably my proudest as I had no business even being on the start line so close after a major injury. I wasn't able to defend, but gave it my best shot.
Coaching wise there was a lot of development after retiring from the racing. After reflection and being more objective we have made a lot changes to how we train, how we approach racing and learning.
I'm not a coach that will train you a certain way because it worked for me, every athlete is different mentally and physically and the challenge is finding that out. Our training philosophy is the foundation and often that is enough to get some success, but to find your limit its a partnership between athlete and coach.
This relationship works best when an athlete is outside there comfort zone. There is no place to hide who you truly are from a coach and at that moment a coaches support and guidance has it's greatest affect.