Professional Triathlete
Website: Bevan Docherty
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 154 lbs
Born: Taupo, New Zealand

What does your standard training week involve?
Five swims @20-25km, six Bikes @16-20 hours and five runs! It’s not rocket science, just hard work. I try to get at least one long bike in @5-6hr and one long run in @2-3hours. In the off season I’ll also do two TRX strength and mobility sets.

Favorite training venue/environment:

On the bike, I love training on quiet roads, and forest trails for the run. That’s why I moved to Santa Cruz - it’s some of the best training I could find in the US!

Favorite 2XU garment, when you use it and why:
I love my Project X:3 Wetsuit! Swimming is something I have to work really hard on, so it’s great to have a wetsuit that gives me a head start!

Favorite training accessory (ie. heart rate monitor, power meter, pool buoy):
iPhone with Pandora music app! On those long, lonely bike rides it’s great to put the headphones in and just get into your groove.

Toughest experience in your career and what you learned from it:
Screwing up my nutrition in Kona last year! I’ve learnt that in the sport of Ironman racing, being super fit is only half the battle. Nutrition plays a massive role in this sport and it can be the difference between winning and a DNF!

What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
Know when to train hard and when to recover! I see too many people playing catch up in the days leading into a race. Kona is probably the worst - the amount of energy wasted along Ali’i drive in the days prior to the event is crazy. Just make sure you and your coach have a well structured training plan, so that you can go into these events ready to rock and roll.

What motivates you to train and race harder?
Goal setting. I always set goals for everything - short term, mid-term and long-term. Whether it’s aiming to do a time in a swim set or wanting to win Olympic Gold, I’ve always set a goal to aim for.

Describe your diet/meal plan in the week leading to a big race:
Pretty much whatever my wife cooks me! I’m not too particular about what I eat as long as it’s a balanced diet. I try to stick to food I’m familiar with and have trained and raced with previously (i.e. generally I’ll eat Pizza the night before a race).

How do you balance out your training/racing regime with life outside sport?
Basically I have no social life! What little time or energy I have after training is dedicated to my wife and kids.

What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
Coffee is my go-to nutritional supplement if I’m struggling to get out the door.

Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
The best - winning races, that’s why I do this! The worst - constantly being tired.

In five years time, I’ll be:
42 years old and retired!


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