Back-to-back triumphs for Great Britain’s McNamee
David McNamee of Great Britain has been on a roll since training with cereneo triathlon this year, earning three podiums in his last three events, including back-to-back wins at Challenge Galway and Sunday’s Challenge Poznań. After a powerful performance in Poland, the Scotsman is now more motivated than ever to claim another podium spot – at October’s Ironman World Championship – and he’s taking his preparations to new heights.
POZNAŃ (Poland) – cereneo triathlete David McNamee of Great Britain thrilled a large and knowledgeable crowd as he surged to his second consecutive race win with a victory at Poland’s Challenge Poznań on 24 July 2016. Poznań is famed for its fast, flat course, and despite the sweltering sunshine of an afternoon race, McNamee made the most of it. The Scotsman outpaced the middle distance field with a time of 3:54.22, more than two minutes ahead of second-place finisher Chris Fischer of Denmark (3:56.41), with Spain’s Ignasi Baldenow earning third at 3:58.57.
After a third-place performance at May’s grueling Ironman Lanzarote and a triumph at Challenge Galway in June, McNamee’s result in Poznań was further confirmation that the 28-year-old’s training with cereneo triathlon is achieving its targets. McNamee came into 2016 focused on the Ironman distance after finishing eleventh with the fastest run split at the 2015 Ironman World Championship in Kona. But he knew he needed to improve on the bike, traditionally his weakest leg, and was determined to find the right training solution.
"I had a lot of family attending the race here, and that only added to my motivation," McNamee stated from the Finish Line in Poznań. “I felt great in the bike leg, and after a couple of kilometers in the run I was pretty sure that I was going to win it. That’s the kind of feeling every athlete loves, and it really helps to build my confidence for what’s ahead.”
McNamee became the first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, a unique performance management program that was launched just this year in partnership with the cereneo research institution. Following a guiding principle of “motivation matters,” the cereneo triathlon experts immediately began to work with McNamee to address the crucial objective – and at his first win of the season in Galway last month, he not only felt comfortable on the bike but still had a kick left to clinch the lead in the run. In Poznań, McNamee was even more powerful, staying with the leaders in the swim, dominating the bike leg outright and fending off a fierce charge by his opponents in the run.
Within a few short months, McNamee’s goal has realistically changed from standing on the Ironman World Championship podium “in two or three years” to clinching a top spot at the event this October.
From the flats of Poznań, McNamee will head to the heights of the Pyrenees for the second half of his most intensive training on the road to Kona, a month at altitude before his next race: the European Middle Distance Championships in the Tyrolean town of Walchsee on 4 September 2016.
Pro Men’s Top Five, Challenge Poznań 2016: 1. David McNamee (GBR), 2. Chris Fischer (DNK), 3. Ignasi Baldenow (ESP), 4. Tomasz Szala (POL), 5. Łukasz Kalaszcyński (POL)