Episode 147

Meet Michael Harvey - Daniela's Ryf's Coaching advisor

Michael Harvey grew up as a swimmer in Australia and had dreams of going to the Olympics. He then switched to triathlon, raced at Kona and flirted with the idea of going pro, before he got more into coaching. He is now Head Coach at the Solothurn Triathlon Centre in Switzerland and works as Daniela Ryf's Advisor, after she split from long-term coach Brett Sutton. As well as elite triathletes, Michael still enjoys coaching age group athletes through Momentum Endurance Coaching. This is a really interesting chat not just about coaching but about coaching Daniela Ryf.

You'll hear:

05:00 A bit about Michael's background as a youngster, growing up in a sporty family and his swimming and triathlon dreams.

10:00 What appealed to Michael about coaching and how he was able to go into coaching rather than working in an office.

15:30 Why he sought out coaches around the world to learn from and why he was particularly keen to shadow Brett Sutton.

20:00 How Michael divides his time between the High Performance Triathlon Centre in Solothurn, Switzerland, where they are developing a high performance squad and then Momentum Endurance Coaching with age groupers.

23:00 Working with junior athletes and having responsibility of developing a high performance squad of young athletes in Switzerland. Why education plays such an important factor for sporting hopefuls in Switzerland.

29:30 Why Michael is so passionate about patience and his catch phrase 'hurry slowly.' And why being able to learn to work with individuals is really important as everyone is really different.

35:30 When Michael first met Daniela, his first impression and how Daniela's mum ended up helping him to move house when he first got to Switzerland. How he ended up working with Daniela, supporting her with her training in an advisory role. "I make sure she doesn't over-do it and I operate very similarly to what she was used to."

40:00 Michael talks about Daniela heading towards Kona October "she's in great condition at the moment." "She enjoys training by herself and you can see an air of confidence when things are going well."

44:30 How does Daniela differ to other athletes michael works with? She is an ambassador for the Solothurn centre.

46:30 Michael answer listener Thomas's question: why are Switzerland and Australia so good at triathlon?

48:30 Michael answer listener Thomas's question about fasted training.

Find out more about this week's guests

Michael Harvey Instagram

Momentum Endurance Coaching

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