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Must. Try. Harder.

Keavy McMinn
June 17, 2011

Must. Try. Harder.

Are you pushing yourself with the right force, in the right direction, to achieve what you want, what makes you happy, what you're capable of?

Based on her experience of training for Ironman distance triathlons, Keavy will discuss the preparation involved in pushing herself towards her own mental and physical limits, and the effects this has had on other areas of her work and life.

The talk will explore some attitudes and processes in the practice and performance of sport that are critical in reaching your full potential. It will look at how these approaches can also benefit the journey not just of personal development, but career development. It won't be about achieving some grand vision of mastery, but rather on pursuing outcomes that are true to the individual; on making informed, conscious decisions about what to focus your energy on; and maintaining the drive to get there.

This talk aims to inspire people to try harder.

Keavy McMinn

June 17, 2011


  1. The death of my younger brother two years ago. Realise

    you must grab the moment now as you don't know what is around the corner. This motivated me through my ironman training. Obstacle - The worry that I'm not good enough. - Kay Teacher’s assistant, mother, amateur triathlete
  2. It's a bit like fear of failure. I'd describe it

    as the fear of putting it all out there and that not being enough. I think that causes us to keep something back so we can say (if even only to ourselves), "well, if I’d really tried/cared/put a bit more effort in, I could have done that" lack of clarity/short attention span/low boredom threshold - I get sidetracked - Alisdair Amateur triathlete
  3. Finding out where my boundaries lie, pushing myself to reach

    my potential. Constrained by lack of self belief and confidence that I can reach my potential! Catriona Morrison Pro Triathlete
  4. The whole race was about ticking places and people off.

    About not giving in and dare I say it, about believing that it was going to happen. Catriona Morrison
  5. It doesn’t have to be fucking hard, but it does

    have to be fucking consistent, which in turn makes it fucking hard. Brett Sutton, triathlon coach
  6. Commitment to practice 0 10 20 30 1 3 5

    7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 43 Hours per week, of actual training, for Ironman Switzerland
  7. 0 10 20 30 1 3 5 7 9 11

    13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 43 Hours per week, of actual training, for Ironman Switzerland
  8. “Just stick to your plan and what you’ve tried and

    tested. It’s your race and you are in control! You’ve done the work, now do the race you’ve worked for. Stay positive and enjoy it!” My new coach