David Conroy - Elite Cyclocross Athlete
David is 20 years old and is the Irish Elite Cyclocross Champion and Irish Elite XCO Champion and is a regular professional competitor for Ireland at World Cups and World Championships. He is also type 1 diabetic, which makes his achievements even more impressive!
How did you get involved in cyclocross?
I got involved in cyclocross as a way of keeping up competition through the winter months and found I enjoyed it more than my main discipline at the time which was mountain biking.
Who is your all-time inspirational athlete and why?
My all time inspirational athlete would have to be either Michael Phelps or Sven Nys for the dedication they showed to their goals and dreams and how they’re dedication allowed them to remain at the top of their sport for such long periods of time.
What has been your greatest achievement in cyclocross?
Becoming Elite National Cyclocross Champion in January 2019 was a very special moment as it was something I have been working towards for several years.
What is your biggest motivation to keep pushing your limits of performance?
My biggest motivation would probably be my competitive nature, that desire to keep bettering yourself and keep out performing your last competition.
Can you explain what a typical training week entails to compete at the highest level in cyclocross?
A typical week doesn’t really exist in cyclocross as my coach and I work closely to modify training constantly to suit the upcoming races and the weather conditions and areas in my performances we feel need improvement. But it generally involves one gym session, one longer endurance ride, one speed training session, one strength training session and one technical training session. Sometimes we race twice a week or sometimes we add another endurance/strength/speed session and race only once in an average week.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering taking up cyclocross seriously?
My personal advice would probably be work on your technical training. Cyclocross is quite technical so if you can improve your cornering or your dismounts/remounts then you can quickly become a faster rider with much less effort than it would take to see the same improvement from physical fitness training.
What are your aspirations for cyclocross in 2019/2020?
My aspirations for the 2019/2020 season are to rank inside the top 100 riders in the world, retain my Iirsh national champions title and represent Ireland at the World Cup rounds and the World Championships in Switzerland.
What are your top three nutrition tips?
1. Food is fuel. A car won’t run great without fuel and neither will the human body.
2. Real food is hard to beat, don’t over rely on supplements.
3. find what works for you and stick to it, especially on competition days, consistency is key.
How has Beet It Sport helped your cyclocross performance?
Beet It Sport has been an awesome aid to my performance. I rarely use supplements because I feel most supplements are easily replaced with real food. However Beet It Sport is such an easy way to maximise the proven performance benefits of nitrates found concentrated in beetroot. I always use the Nitrate 400 shots for 3-4 days before my competition and then 3 hours before the start I take a final hit to maximise my performance.
Anything additional you would like to say about Beet It Sport?
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