Tim Don is the fastest Ironman that has ever lived. Holder of the World Record Ironman time, a three time Olympian, four time ITU World Champion of triathlon and duathlon, and countless ITU World Cup and Ironman victor, few athletes can match all that Tim has achieved.
How did you start running? When I was about 6 or 7 at school we had a run club I joined and straight away, loved it.
What race do you have in your sights? For me its Kona 2017
What is your pre-race ritual? Stay relaxed and calm and plan the last 24 hours before a race. I have this same routine for a small race or very big race regardless.
What do you think about while running? Many things! My family. My HR. The session I had prior. My last race. My next race. My mind can wander all over the place.
What is your go to training meal? For me, some oats with almond milk about 90min before a big run session.
What song is your go to for the run? I don’t listen to music while I run outside but on the treadmill, it’s Oasis.
Who is your “team”? My team is my family and coaches Matt and Julie, as well as all of my training partners.
What is your passion next to endurance sports? My family and most sports: rugby, athletics (and the odd glass of wine).
What does no one tell you about being a professional athlete? When it’s hard, it’s very hard. When things get tough people fall away. Then you know who truly believes in you as a person and athlete and no one tells you that.
What was the best piece of running advice you ever received? When you are hurting push some more.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Consistency is key. Do the fundamental right and don’t get caught up in the hype of been a pro. Keep it simple and love and enjoy what you do everyday.
Why On? I feel the shoes give me an edge on the competition. As my training is so consistent, I now have a shoe for all sessions - from the track to racing to easy runs to trail runs.