Ironman World Record Holder Tim Don

Ironman Brazil in May 2017 may have only been British triathlete Tim Don’s fifth full Ironman, but the racing savvy of twenty years as a professional, specialized training, favorable conditions, and a little bit of luck helped him take over four minutes off of the previous mark.

At 39 years old, Don is certainly not done setting a high bar. Any thoughts of retirement are couched in terms of “maybe three or four years from now.” Right now, his focus is on the 70.3 World Championships and placing well in Kona (where he finished 15 in 2015 and DNF’ed last year).

Topics Covered

  • Training with cycling specialist Matt Bottrill and coach Julie Dibens
  • Customizing his Specialized Shiv to maintain the most efficient position
  • How he put together a record-setting performance on his fifth full Ironman
  • The course at Ironman Brazil
  • Advantages of his smaller (5’8″, 143lb) frame over taller athletes like Jan Frodeno (6’4″) and Sebastian Kienle (5’11”)
  • His mental approach toward the pressures of training and racing for a living
  • Advantages and disadvantages for a ITU athlete transitioning to 70.3 and Ironman triathlons
  • We shamelessly asked about an old race in our back yard that he won (Rev3 Knoxville 2014). Tim proceed to regale us with rich detail about the race, the course and our city
  • His philosophy of “Train Hard, Race Easy”
  • His coaching business “Dirty Fast Coaching” and how his experiences coaching inform his own training and racing.
  • Speculation about post-retirement plans (bucket-list races, getting involved with a junior federation, coaching)
  • The best in Boulder (places to workout, places to eat).
  • Previewing the 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga this September.
  • Balancing confidence with objectivity on his Kona chances after his 7:40 Ironman WR


Follow Tim on at his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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