Coaching

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!
In 2017 I’ve decided to start coaching.
I want to share the knowledge that I have learned over a 16yr career racing in the professional triathlon ranks.
I’ve trained under some of the best coaches in the world. I’ve trained with some of the best athletes in the world. I’ve learned something from each coach and athlete I’ve been around and used that knowledge to coach myself to an 8hr 5min 58sec debut Ironman. I’ve also raced all over the world on all different course including at Kona 3 times so far!
I’ve been through the highs and lows of this sport. I understand the family, work, triathlon balance. I live it everyday!
I can put together a program that maximizes your time and gets the most out your mind and body to help you reach your goals.
If you’re interested go to my website at www.paulbarnymatthews.com and send me a message and I can give you more details.

Super Bowl 50

This piece is my opinion of what the Denver Broncos have to do to win Super Bowl 50!

I’m no NFL coach just an avid fan but to me the first two things that would be on the coaches keys to the game would be for the defense to get pressure to the quarterback and for the offense to make plays on third down to keep drives going.

The Broncos defense has carried the offense all season. There’s no denying it. I think they will need to do it one more time to win the Super Bowl.

The Panthers led by the soon to be announced MVP from this season, Cam Newton is a high scoring offense. They have won their last two games 49-15 over a very good Cardinals defense (leading 24-7 at halftime). 31-24 over another very good defense in the Seahawks with it being 31-0 at halftime. The Panthers start really fast and put their opposition on the back foot straight away and they never recover.This is where the Broncos defense comes in. They have to get to the quarterback early and often. It’s going to be a test for the Panthers offensive line because they haven’t played a defense as good the Broncos all year.

Cam Newton is playing the best football of his career at the moment and has been unstoppable this year. He can do it all. Rushing and passing. He is also a confidence player. The key for the Broncos defense is getting pressure/hitting Newton early and often. If they can get to him early and dent his confidence a little the Broncos are going to have a chance in this one.

The Panthers are the number one rushing team in the NFL and the Broncos defense is number two against the rush. The defense has to stop the run and make Newton throw it. Newton has made some big plays throwing to Ginn, Olsen and Brown but I’d prefer Newton throwing it than running it. If the secondary can lock up his receivers for any length of time it will give the likes of Miller, Ware, Jackson and Wolfe time to get to Newton. As we saw in the patriots game they don’t need much time. If they can keep the Panthers to a field goal or less in the first quarter, a situation they are not used to some panic might set in for the Panthers and the Broncos will have a chance.

On the other side of the ball we have all heard that Peyton Manning doesn’t have an arm or it has weakened to a point where he can’t throw it well anymore. Well that arm is going to have to get the Broncos out of some tight spots on Sunday. The Broncos are going to have to convert some 3rd and longs. The Panthers Defense is to good not to force quite a few third and longs on the Broncos. The person that is going to keep those drives going is Manning. To my untrained eye he actually threw the ball alright two weeks ago it was his receivers that let him down. If they can do a better job at catching the passes from Manning I think they have a shot at scoring some points. The two weeks between the AFC Championship game and the Super Bowl will have done Manning the world of good. The tightness and soreness from the Patriots game should have subsided now and I think he’ll be good to go.

I have a sneaky feeling that CJ Anderson is going to have a huge game. I think he’ll rush for over 100yds and a TD which will be huge in helping Manning keep the third downs manageable and to help him with some time to throw the ball.

One thing I have learnt over my years of racing is that you never doubt a champion and you don’t get experience overnight. Manning will go down as one of the great quarterbacks of all time (no matter what people think about his regular and post season records) having already won a Super Bowl he knows what to do. Obviously Newton and the Panther are going to be hard to stop. They’re in great form but for me albeit I am biased a Broncos win on Sunday for me. Manning will get another ring and retire just like his boss John Elway and CJ Anderson will be the MVP!

Go Broncos

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2nd Asia/Pacific Ironman Championships

Hi Everyone,

This past Sunday I raced in the Asia/Pacific Ironman Championships in Melbourne, Victoria.

In October after the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii I sat down with 3time Ironman World Champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander who I’ve known since 2001 and asked him if he would coach me. I’d become stale and needed a fresh approach. I was still training as hard as I ever had but I just wasn’t enjoying it like I should be and I wasn’t racing the way I know I can. Crowie said he would coach me and because I hadn’t raced Worlds that year I needed to go to a big points Ironman to help me qualify for Kona in 2014 so Melbourne was the plan. So since November 1 everything had been focused on Sunday just gone.

January I came 3rd at the Pucon 70.3 in Chile then I had a stuff up with my flights and never made it to the Panama 70.3 in February but I knew my training was right on track.

Crowie’s training plan, his enthusiasm, and love of the sport is infectious and even though training was long and arduous I was loving it. I knew my body was getting back to where I know it should have been.

So to the race. The swim was exactly as I suspected, quick!! I got out quick and the group strung out into one line and I sat comfortably in about 6th for the swim.

Once onto the bike Axel Zeebroek show started!! I did one turn, which lasted maybe 5km at about 50km into the bike but apart from that the only person I saw on the front was Axel. Just before the last turn he busted us up (133km) and he and Dellow got away from the group. Then Bockel went and Vanhoenacker caught us and went straight passed.

I made it to transition 2 with the group and started the run 6-7mins behind Axel and as soon as I started running I knew I had good legs and started to eat away at the lead. Long story short I hit the lead about 28km with Dellow running beside me but not long after hitting the lead I could feel some cramp coming. I wasn’t cramping yet but I knew if I didn’t do something about it I was going to struggle to make the finish so I walked through the next 2 aid stations to get some salt, Gatorade and nutrition into me and I dropped back to 3rd.

After about 4km the nutrition started kicking in and I started feeling alright again and worked my way back into 2nd with Bockel 1min in front then with 1500m to go my right hamstring cramped like I’ve never cramped before and I had stop and stretch it out and Dellow overtook me again. After what seemed like an eternity it went away and made one last dash to the finish and passed Dellow with about 700-800m to go and held on for the second place.

My best time for an Ironman 8.02.14 and my best race against such a quality field.

I want to thank all my supporters for such amazing support especially my wife Hillary, Mum (Pam), Dad (Gerry) and sister Karen plus Presley (our dog). Plus I had an amazing group of friends travel to Melbourne to cheer me on Mason, Pudd, Savo, Reado, Ando, Brian and Liz. They were all over the run course with their Barny hats on.

Also to Crowie, Michael, Franko Thank You and my great sponsors who I wouldn’t be here without Blue Bicycles, Smith Optics, Fuel Belt, SRM. Thanks to Sam Adam for the Collage of the best moments of the race.

Sam's pics Melbourne

Ironman Arizona

Hi Guys,
Home from Ironman Arizona where I finished 2nd on Sunday.
I was stoked to finish the season off with a good race and a new personal best over the Ironman distance.
This year I’ve had my best races at the start and at the end!
The race started well getting out of the water in about 5th place in the front group.
Andrew Starykowicz rode straight through us and up the road about 10km into the ride and TJ Tollakson, Fraser Cartmell
were riding strong in our group.
The start of the 3rd and final lap TJ and eventual winner Nils Frommhold got away and the rest of the group stayed together
until the run.
I started the run in 4th place and went out hard running into 2nd at about half way but Nils was running too strong and I couldn’t bring him back quick enough and ran out of road.
My time of 8:04:58 bettered my Melbourne time by 1min.
I’d like to thank everyone, family, friends for their great support over the year especially Hillary, Mum, Dad, Karen, Presley!
My training partners Bevan, Tommy, Matt, Becky, Bella. Crowie for his in put and advice.
A huge thanks to my great sponsors Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, Fuel Belt, Symmetry Sports, Campagnolo, Cyclops, Bontrager, Oakley, Base Performance.
Also to Jack from Jack & Adam’s for being a legend!!
Barny
Go Dragons

Hy Vee US 5150 Championships, Des Moines

Hey Guys,

Raced the Hy Vee US 5150 Championships in Des Moines over the weekend.
The richest prize purse in triathlon.

Awesome field was there this year includingHey Guys, Raced the Hy Vee US 5150 Championships in Des Moines over the weekend. The richest prize purse in triathlon. Awesome field was there this year including the olympic gold and silver medallist. We didn’t start til 4.30 in the afternoon which is very weird for me these days and it was pretty warm!! Last year I finished 4th in this race but my goal was to get top 10 this year with my focus this year being vegas/kona. So I’ve been doing a lot more longer training where as last year I concentrated on des moines/vegas so lots more speed work.

So to the race I had an awesome swimming getting out about 5th or 6th and feeling good but when i first dived in my timing chip fell straight off so i had to stop and put another one on in T1 before i could leave with my bike. There was a bike lead group and I was feeling good so I jumped away on lap 2 and ended up getting the bike prime on lap 3 which was $5150. Greg Bennett then joined me at the front of the race but I needed to back off a little after putting in the effort of getting the prime. I ended up coming into transition 2 in 3rd but I was an idiot and came around the last corner way too quick (like I was going around for another lap!!) and I couldn’t stop in time and rode straight across the dismount line thus incurring a 1min stand down penalty. But I got going again and actually felt alright running. Built into it well and managed to pick up a few places finishing in 10th. A great pay day for 10th position. So onto the 70.3 world champs in vegas this weekend. Rest up this weekend and then hit it again!! Thanks to my great sponsors!! Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, Fuel Belt, Bontrager, Campagnolo, Cycleops, Base Perfromance,Oakley. PS. Dragons finished 9th so no finals footy for us this year. Look towards next year!! Barnythe olympic gold and silver medallist.

We didn’t start til 4.30 in the afternoon which is very weird for me these days and it was pretty warm!!
Last year I finished 4th in this race but my goal was to get top 10 this year with my focus this year being vegas/kona.
So I’ve been doing a lot more longer training where as last year I concentrated on des moines/vegas so lots more speed work.
So to the race I had an awesome swimming getting out about 5th or 6th and feeling good but when i first dived in my
timing chip fell straight off so i had to stop and put another one on in T1 before i could leave with my bike.
There was a bike lead group and I was feeling good so I jumped away on lap 2 and ended up getting the bike prime
on lap 3 which was $5150. Greg Bennett then joined me at the front of the race but I needed to back off a little after putting in the effort of getting the prime.
I ended up coming into transition 2 in 3rd but I was an idiot and came around the last corner way too quick (like I was going around for another lap!!) and I couldn’t stop in time and rode straight across the dismount line thus incurring a 1min stand down penalty.
But I got going again and actually felt alright running. Built into it well and managed to pick up a few places finishing in 10th.
A great pay day for 10th position.
So onto the 70.3 world champs in vegas this weekend. Rest up this weekend and then hit it again!!
Thanks to my great sponsors!!
Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, Fuel Belt, Bontrager, Campagnolo, Cycleops, Base Perfromance,Oakley.
PS. Dragons finished 9th so no finals footy for us this year. Look towards next year!!
Barny

Vineman & Upcoming Key Races

I had Vineman 70.3 on the weekend and finally put together an almost complete race.  I’ve been a little frustrated this year, going along alright but haven’t been able to put together a whole race. Vineman I finally felt like I have turned the corner, just in time for a week off!!

I swam really well coming out second and then had a really good transition jumping on the bike with a little gap. Greg Bennett then rode up to me after a few miles riding like a mad man. I was able to hang on for the first half an hour until he remembered we were riding 90km not 40km!!  The second half of the bike I felt super strong. The further it went the better I felt.

I got into transition first and out onto the run with a 5sec gap over GB. GB then passed me 1mile into the run and I kept him at 20sec until about 8mile where I started to struggle. With a couple miles to go my Trek/K-Swiss team mate Joe Gambles ran passed me and I held on for 3rd.

All in all I was pretty happy. Things are moving in the right direction. One week off now and then a big 6week block leading into the big races of the season: Des Moines, then 70.3 World Champs in Vegas, then 5 weeks later IM World Champs in Kona.

Huge Thank You to my great sponsors Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, FuelBelt, Campagnolo, Bontrager.  Thanks to Oakley, Base Performance, Powerbar, Nuun for the product.

Updates After Ironman Melbourne

I had a couple weeks off after the Ironman to let the body have a rest, then got back into some training and raced St Anthony’s 5150, finishing 9th in a very good field which I was pretty happy with.  The week later I finished 4th at the prestigious Wildflower half Ironman. I was a little disappointed with this result and didn’t have my usual “Barny standard” day!! But to still finish 4th, make a bit of money and have that be a bad day, is actually not the worst thing.  You can’t always have good days, it’s about limiting those bad days that counts.
Yesterday I won the Memphis in May 5150 triathlon. Its a time trial start so a little different to
all other races which makes it a little weird. It was very hot and very windy which also made it even harder but
I was happy with the race.  Now looking forward to Rev 3 Quassy and Boise 70.3 in the next few weeks.

Ironman Melbourne

I ended up finishing in 6th place in a time of 8hrs 5mins and 58secs in what we think is one of the fastest Ironman debuts ever in the sport.  The race went to plan. Being my first one I wasn’t 100% sure how hard to push and i had my nutrition plan mapped out but when you start racing you just never know but everything went well.
I’d put together a good 10 weeks of training and knew if I was smart I could go well.
The swim was good I felt good sitting in the lead group and I was first of the group onto the bike with Clayton Fettell
a couple minutes up the road.  The plan was to sit in the front pack, keep eating and to check out what it was all about. It was actually a lot different to what I thought it was going to be with a lot of surges and the last 40km being the key with lots of people struggling in the last bit.
I started out second onto the run but was quickly passed by 4 guys who were flying. I didn’t want to go out too fast so I didn’t blow up so I tried to hold back as much as I could. I ended up getting away from Luke Bell and Joe Gambles about 15km then ran by myself the rest of the way with David Dellow passing me just before 30km. The last 10km was hard but managed to get through it and move up to 9th in the Ironman rankings, fingers crossed qualifying for Kona.
A Huge thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me especially the ones that were in Melbourne.
Also thank you to the guys at Oakley for lunch and the sunnies and Greg Cox for the nutrition plan.
My great sponsors Trek, K-Swiss, Blueseventy, Cyclops, Fuel Belt, Jack and Adams, Base Performance, Bontrager, Campagnolo, & Nuun.