Fast Friday – Overcoming injury

Fast Friday – Overcoming injury

This week’s Fast Friday is all about Scott Craig-Mackie who has been a member of the Coach Parry Training Club since October 2018.


The plan…


When Scott came to us he had been struggling with a stress fracture in his tibia and needed help figuring out how to continue training safely with the injury. Doing the full Ironman in Port Elizabeth was his main race for the year, so even though he had suffered a stress fracture in October, he still had a lot of time to recover as well as train hard for the race.

We adjusted the training schedule to fit his needs and accommodate his injury so that he could achieve his goal and finish the Ironman in April.


Scott Craig-Mackie Ironman 2

A bad turn…

Unfortunately, with sport, not everything goes according to plan…


Scott had been building the run with a slow process since November and things had been looking good for him to be back on track, but then bad luck struck again.

In the middle of January, his leg started to hurt again, which meant that we had to drop down the intensity, as well as the volume, of his training. So at this point, Ironman was still possible, but it was going to be tough for Scott.


Hard work pays off!


Before race day, the longest run that Scott had done was a 9km in July 2018. Surprisingly, he had a faster time on race day than the previous year despite his very limited running in the build-up.

Scott’s story shows that with hard work, dedication and the right guidance you will be able to achieve your goals no matter what obstacles stand in your way!

Congratulations again Scott!



About Coach Rudolf Naude

Rudolf started triathlon for the fun of it as a 14-year-old. Over the years he developed into a very competitive athlete and has raced around the world at Junior World Champs (21st), U23 World Champs (23rd) the ITU World Cup and World Triathlon Series Circuit.

Rudolf moved up to 70.3 racing in 2014 and has steadily moved up the rankings, taking 1 podium and several top 10 placings in the Pro Category around the World.

Rudolf has developed into one of the strongest 70.3 swimmers on tour, mixes it with the top pros on the bike and is making great improvements on the run.

With a postgraduate Degree in Sport Science, Rudolf has turned his passion for triathlon towards coaching. He was worked with Lindsey Parry since 2008 and continues to grow as an athlete and as a coach.

If you are looking to start triathlon or become more competitive, Rudolf has the skill set, passion and attention to detail that will get you to your goals. Learn more about our coaches here or check out our triathlon programmes and coaching below.

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