Scotland’s McNamee golden in Galway
GALWAY (Ireland) – cereneo triathlete David McNamee delivered a shining performance for Great Britain on a gray Irish Sunday to earn his first victory of the season at the rugged Challenge Galway. With a time of 3:51:47.4 across the 1.9 kilometer swim, 90 kilometers of biking and 21.1 kilometer run, the charging pro from Scotland was more than three minutes ahead of his closest British rival Joe Skipper in second (3:55:11.9), while New Zealand’s Dylan McNeice claimed third (3:56:50.6).
The first athlete to train with cereneo triathlon, McNamee came to Ireland fresh from a third-place performance at May’s epic Ironman Lanzarote, widely considered to be the race most similar to the grueling Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The victory in Galway shows just how quickly 28-year-old is buildling on the gains he’s made since putting a primary focus on the Ironman distance in 2015, when was named Scotland’s Triathlete of the Year after winning the Ironman UK, finishing eleventh with the fastest run split at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, and earning two Ironman 70.3 podiums. McNamee started his 2016 season started with a courageous fourth place at the Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix, where his specialty, the swim, was cancelled due to weather.
Newly launched in partnership with the groundbreaking cereneo research institution and clinic in Switzerland, cereneo triathlon shares the clinic’s guiding principle of “motivation matters,” and McNamee’s intense motivation to earn the podium at the Ironman World Championship this fall has driven his training plan. The experts at cereneo triathlon have been working to help the Scotsman strengthen his ability to stay competitive in his weakest aspect, the bike, without affecting his historic strengths in the swim and the run. At Galway, McNamee proved just how far he’s come, staying glued to the leaders in the bike with kick to spare, and then making his move in the run for the lead and the win.
"It was a tactical bike ride. We had a massive shower for the fist 20 kilometers on the bike and the conditions were rough, but I felt very comfortable. I am happy with where I stand on the bike, and in the run I felt like I could have run another two minutes faster," said a happy McNamee. “After getting fourth in Aix and third in Lanzarote, I was very motivated for this race and really wanted it. I am stoked and it feels great!”
McNamee now goes into the heart of his preparations for Kona, with four weeks of intensive work including altitude training before his next race, Challenge Poznan on 24 July 2016.