"The journey is going to be tough some days, but worth it" - Meet Ambassador Daniel Bodilly

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We all draw on motivation from somewhere. Something that drives us when the alarm clock goes off at 5am, pushes us through that ‘impossible’ last set in training or gives us a proverbial ‘slap in the face’ if we want to pull the pin mid race.

For Strength For Endurance Ambassador Daniel Bodilly the fire in his belly burns even brighter after the devastating loss of his biggest role model and earlier this year.

With his dreams set on one day racing in Kona, this popular young athlete from Melbourne is first aiming for the top step in his Age Group on the Gold Coast next September.

Strength For Endurance are proud to be supporting him in his journey along the way and Strength & Performance Coach Kriss Hendy explains how he will go about building a strong, fast and resilient body ready to tackle any distance.


SFE: You are still young, did you grow up playing any other sports or has it always been triathlon?

 DB: I’m 17 and started triathlon in 2012 when I was 12. I’ve always played heaps of different sports from Aussie Rules, Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Gymnastics and Water Polo, until I discovered triathlon. I spent a couple of years sharing my time between this and other sports, but now it’s my main focus.


SFE: Describe your weekly routine?

DB: I usually hit two or three training sessions a day. Add a session of Pilates and couple of yoga classes in a week and that’s the training done. Generally I work about 25 hours a week and have a bit of a gig coaching a local competitive swim squad. I’m doing my Triathlon Coaching Course so I will add a bit of coaching into the mix.


“I’ve got to admit it takes a whole team behind you to do triathlon, especially when you’re young.”


I’m mega lucky that my parents so supportive. I’m too young to drive and most of my squad sessions are about 40 minutes away so they spend a lot of time driving me around, sitting waiting in the car especially for those early morning sessions. I’ve also got some great friends who let me hang out at there place and catch a few Zz’s in between training and work, so I can cut down a bit on commuting time. I’ve got to admit it takes a whole team behind you to do triathlon, especially when you’re young.

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SFE: Who is your biggest role model in and outside of triathlon and why?

DB: Ryan Bourke is by biggest idol. Both inside and outside tri. He was my coach, mentor, he was like a brother. I lost him in September. 


SFE: Give us a brief run down on any injuries you’ve had.

DB: I’ve been really lucky I haven’t copped any sports injuries apart from cracking a couple of teeth at soccer and breaking my elbow in May after coming off the bike. 


SFE: Have you done much Strength Training before?

DB: I’ve always had regular Physio just to keep on top of things especially while I’m still growing. So often I’ve had regular exercises to do depending on what’s been found in the sessions. 

I hit up Pilates once a week and I’ve just started yoga with a mate, so we try and hit up a few classes every week. 


“I love training in a group, so if I’m lacking motivation I’ll always look for those groups to train with.”

 SFE: Your favourite and least favourite thing about doing Triathlon

DB: My least favourite thing has to be the early mornings! I don’t think I’ll ever get use of them. I’ve got to admit when the alarm goes off I just have to get straight out of bed, if I say just five more minutes I know I’ll miss the session. 

My favourite thing is pushing watts on the bike, and racing - I’d race every weekend if I could. 

No excuses now! Dan recieving his  StrengthForEnduranceKIT

No excuses now! Dan recieving his StrengthForEnduranceKIT


SFE: What tips and tricks do you use when your motivation is low?

 DB: Hahaha, I’ve had to do this a lot in the last couple of months. Some things that work for me: 

- Sometimes I just don’t think about it, I get out and get the session done.

- I love training in a group, so if I’m lacking motivation I’ll always look for those groups to train with.

- Being honest with the coach (Dan trains with i4 Coaching) and ‘nutting it out’ together with a bit of a chat. 

- Just remembering what the dream is, and that the journey is going to be tough some days, but worth it. 


SFE: Your two biggest goals in 2018 are Olympic distance and Aquathon World Championships. What is your plan to get yourself there?

DB: The plan is to do as many qualifying races as I can for the Olympic distance. I’ve already done two races and have top points for both and I’m registered for Mooloolaba in March, which is a double points. I’ll do Canberra and Melbourne and see what happens. They only take your top three results so another win would be awesome.

With the Aquabike it’s an application process. I think that’s harder to do than having qualifying races. 

This was mine and Ryans’ goal for the 2017/2018 season, so reaching my goal would definitely be bitter sweet. I know it would make him proud. 


SFE: Kona is also a future goal of yours and you are lucky enough to be able to watch and learn from amazing athletes. What are some of the lessons you have learnt that you will take with you when the time comes to go longer?

DB: I’ve learnt so much already from these athletes. I’d love to get over and just experience the race, the heat and the course for myself before actually racing in Kona. (So if anyone wants to share a room next year let me know!!) I’ve also learnt lots of things like you need to race your own race, nutrition plans have to be 100% and no matter what the outcome, the experience is the ultimate prize.



Coach Kriss Says…..

As Daniel mentions, he has a great network around him that continue to support and nurture his triathlon training. It is fantastic to see that a man of his young age is already aware of the importance of having a regular movement practice. Including Pilates and yoga sessions into his training is going to continue to minimize his likelihood of injury.

It is important now at his age that he starts to focus on developing his full body strength and to train his body to respond to the “external stresses” and intensities that he expects of himself. At this point it is important that Daniel and his coaches monitor his levels of exertion carefully, especially if he wants to be doing it for many years to come.  I often get asked about junior athletes and strength training and whilst he is likely coming to the end of his main ‘growing’ years his body is still changing and developing. 

Through strength training, regardless of age, we are simply looking to “organize our bodies” better and this is exactly what we want for Daniel. By performing his program on a regular basis he will be bringing strength and stability to the key joint structures in the ankle, knee, hip and shoulder and most importantly balance throughout his whole body. Adding load, although important for progression, cannot be our focus until we have built adequate foundations.

By following his Strength For Endurance training program he will be focusing on improving his technique and control with key exercises that target common areas of weakness such as glutes, core and increasing strength in lower and upper back. We want to compliment his passion and ambition and make sure that he continues on his increasing trajectory into 2018.


Dan getting to grips with his StrengthForEnduranceKIT

Dan getting to grips with his StrengthForEnduranceKIT

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