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Australia, where he was summering while we were wintering. It is his second year in Perth; he liked it so much last year that he came back for more. Scott comes from Aberdeen, and he


likes to winter in the sun so that he can get bike mileage in, keep away from illness, and generally be in a training- friendly environment where he can get the benefit of the good weather.


Scottish hero 42 n RUNNING FREE He holds the Scottish record of 8:17:47


Great Scott! S


cott is a champion Ironman triathlete with a passion for the sport and a long list of honours. I spoke to Scott in Perth, Western


for Ironman Triathlon, an event that sees the competitors swim for 3.8k, bike for 180k and then finish with a marathon run over 42k – awesome just to think about. “To get your head round it, you know


you will go through highs and lows on a good day as well as a bad day,” Scott tells me. “The big thing is the mental aspect; I break it into small chunks. There is a lot to consider, you are losing energy as you go, reacting to the other racers around you and managing yourself all the time.” Scott was a swimmer all through school. “I think I always had that competitive element and drive within me to do well,” he explains. “When I was


Julia Armstrong meets Scott Neyedli… Scott by name and a hard-working Scot by nature! He holds his country’s record for the Ironman, won the UK Ironman in 2007, and knocks out up to 40 hours of training a week, to ensure he stays top of his game…


younger it wasn’t all about winning, but I wanted to better myself. I wasn’t the best swimmer, but I was driven towards what my goals were and was always looking at the purpose of the training.”


A late starter


Scott didn’t take up triathlon until he was 26 years-old, but the seed was sewn many years before that. “I first heard about Ironman on a trip


to Club La Santa with my swimming club when I was 14 years-old. As I watched the Lanzarote Ironman event, I said to myself: ‘These guys are super athletes. One day I’ll be able to say: ‘I’ve done that – I’m a super athlete, too!’


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