Thomas Davis is a professional triathlete who has competed at an international level. He finished in 1st place at the PTO Supported Eton Dorney in 2021 and finished 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Poland in 2020. He talks to us about how INCUS helps him to prevent injuries while training and gives advice to others thinking of taking up triathlon.
How did you first get into triathlon?
I started playing water polo in school but once I started uni I needed a new challenge. I tried my first triathlon in the summer of 2014, and luckily triathlon at Loughborough is a popular sport so there were plenty of squads and coaches to give me advice. From there, it became all-consuming.
Do you have any advice for beginners looking to get into triathlon?
There are the cliche tips of making sure you enjoy it, but it's how it motivates you that's the key for me. Make sure you choose a race that motivates you and don't get drawn into the feeling you need all the latest kit. There's plenty of second-hand kit out there, which is more than adequate for enjoying your training and racing
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
It has to be Challenge Daytona in 2020. It helps that I had a great day and probably my best race to date, but it's more about the fact that it's such a unique course around the speedway, which suits me perfectly, with a fast flat bike, and similar on the run.
How do you use INCUS to train/prepare for your races?
I use INCUS to monitor my training and to identify weaknesses. You can see the metrics changing as you're training, and that can indicate tightness in certain muscles, or potential injury.
Have you faced any setbacks and if so, how did you overcome them?
There are always setbacks. For instance, at one of my big races at Challenge Roth, I crashed out on the bike, and obviously that was a massive disappointment. I think the key with setbacks is not to rush back. Give yourself time to process what's happened - whether that be an injury, illness or something else, and then make a new goal and make a plan, rather than rushing back to the first thing you can do.
Do you have any examples of how INCUS metrics have personally helped you in your racing career?
There was a time last year when I was training and the left/right balance on the take-off for the run was slowly getting more and more uneven. A couple of weeks later, I found I had an injury on my left side. Noticing the change in my left/right balance thanks to INCUS meant that I backed off even before I felt the issue as I could tell something was up, and this meant the injury didn’t end up being serious. I think anything that can maximise training time and smart decisions helps with racing, even if indirectly.
Do you have any insider tips for other athletes looking to level up their performance?
My main tip is to stay consistent. Anything that can help you put in training week in and week out will help you to see improvements. The biggest thing to remember in endurance sport is that there aren't any shortcuts, and it's all about layering up the training over time. Set short term goals and make sure that you have a way to measure the improvements you're making so you can make sure training is working, and given time, you'll be sure to level up!