Yesterday at the ‘sort of’ Ironman New Zealand – if you didn’t know the Ironman got cancelled due to some crazy storms and changed to a 70.3 on the Sunday.

On a side note.. I think the Sunshine Coast just got that storm. It is insane outside right now!

So, I wanted to congratulate two of my athletes that qualified yesterday for Kona before I get into my weird little ritual that led me to Kona.

Richard ‘Hobbo’ Hobbson – stoked for mate and way to go on never giving up after a couple of painful missed opportunities.

Karla McKinlay – your going back, that is excellent and coach will allow you to do IM Australia to implement the race you didn’t get to on Saturday.

I look forward to lining up in Kona this year with you both… I still need to get the job done.. Frankfurt is my target.

And not to forget the whopping 28 minute 70.3 PB by Scott Mirabello.

That brings me to one of the ways I first got to Kona and which has instilled even a greater confidence that I’ll be lining up again come October.

But first… a quote I have pasted in front of me.


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary thrush that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid pans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incident and meetings and material assistance, which no man (woman) could have dreamed would have come his (her) way.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Begin it now.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe!

So first I decided on my goal.. For me it was this burning desire to get to Kona and at the same time see 9:30’s on the clock (because I BELIEVED that was possible, even when my best time was a 10:18).

Then I fully committed to that goal. Dedication, discipline, persistence – I was willing to do what it took.

So at the time I was reading some, I guess you could call it self help or motivation material.

Who ever it was told me to write out a couple of sayings that I could repeat to myself over and over.

My two (slightly embarrassing but what the hell) power phrases were:

I’d repeat these to myself over and over and over again.

Weird right?

But it works,

And what’s funny is a super successful trainer I follow ‘Dax Moy’ just wrote about this exactly (below) and I thought…

I need to bring this back to my game.

When the power phrases are injected with emotion and out loud it seems to ramp up the effectiveness even more.

Dax says – You can even change the emphasis on the words – for instance:

“I AM Powerful Beyond Measure” and “I Am Powerful Beyond Measure” and “I Am Powerful Beyond Measure” and “I Am Powerful Beyond Measure“.

Go ahead and try it.

What’s of SUPER importance though is that you can’t half ass it. You really have to believe you’re powerful beyond measure or that you’re a Kona qualifier (and finisher) or whatever goal you have.

And further to that you have to be taking massive action on your goals or those words will just be empty and meaningless.

I’d do my time trials on the bike in Centennial Park repeating those mantras hundred upon hundreds of times, round and round and YES out loud.

Funny looks… who cares – they don’t have my goals.

At Port Macquarie in 2007 I woke up and thought this is my day. I’m powerful beyond measure and I’m a 9:30’s athlete.

Result – 9:37, but sprinted down in the finish chute for last Kona spot…

Providence moves fast and in December that year I finally got my ticket to the big dance and blew my PB out of the water.

Develop your own power phrases or definitely use the “I am Powerful Beyond Measure” one.

…Because the fact it You ARE Powerful Beyond Measure, you just didn’t realise it yet.

Be Bold. Make Things Happen.

Kristian “going to make you faster” Manietta


Btw – there is another super power technique I learned back in my snowboard days and FINALLY put it to work fro my triathlon efforts.

Anyone can do it, and at anytime.

The results are crazy…. but it does take work.

I’ll probably tell you about it tomorrow.. but there is still more learning to be done on motor skill development.

P.S. Start your Ironman Triathlon improving today