When we think of competitive endurance-based sports, the idea of punishing your body and pushing it to the limits comes to mind. However, Andy Good brings a more controlled and fresh perspective to the idea of being an elite endurance athlete. He looks at a long-distance event as an opportunity to look after and manage his body for hours rather than an exercise in breaking it down. Andy is a true trouble-shooter – seeing an ultra-marathon as an opportunity to project manage his body and mind to an end result, the project management aspect being made up of transitioning between layers of clothing and undertaking a dynamic eating competition. He is a strong believer that a successful endurance race is made up of a series of good decisions when you are nearing your maximum capacity.
Andy does not have the classic introduction into running – he wasn’t the kid cutting laps around the school athletics track for hours on end and he really only tackled competitive racing in the last 4 or 5 years (after dedicating 10 years to the army). Nonetheless, Andy has always fostered a love of running and considers that his lifestyle was really just one big, informal training session.
There is no use in beating around the bush, this guy is fast and he knows how to haul himself up and down a mountain. In starting out in his running career, Andy put the cart before the horse and submerged himself (very successfully) into the ultra-marathon world. Over the course of a couple of years Andy transitioned away from ultras to the shortened faster format of mountain running. This was propelled by a desire to have running consistently feature in his routine as he felt the recovery time for an ultra-marathon took away the ability to run as much as he wanted.
After moving back to Christchurch, Andy set his sights on New Zealand mountain running championships. The objective? To represent New Zealand in his sport on the world stage. Key events were pinpointed as building blocks to reach this goal and, despite not necessarily placing any expectation on these build events, he strung together a dream season.
Andy’s journey to taking his place on the New Zealand team started out with a hiss and a bang at the Luxmore Grunt where he eclipsed the field and obliterated the course record, which had been held by Phil Costley for 10 years. With 5km to go in the race, Andy was told he had 19 minutes to get home and take the record. He took the bull by the horns and made it to the tape in a smoking 17 minutes. Andy’s season then continued in the same vein and he took out a number of events including the Skyline Traverse, Buller Marathon, and then ultimately the New Zealand Mountain running title.
Andy developed a stress fracture at World Champs in Argentina and was forced into a 6-month recovery period. These past 6 months have given him some much-needed perspective and an understanding that his passion for running is not defined by his racing calendar. However, that does not mean that he will be slowing down in his racing career. With an extended period of training time Andy is ready to come back fitter and stronger than ever, when our current situation allows.
Andy has become integrated in Team CP because he thrives off the community element and enjoys the process of assisting others in achieving their own goals. He considers that his coaching adds another element to the sport and provides longevity that might not already be there. Andy’s approach is to draw from the core techniques and principles of running that have been working for years and modernising them to adapt to the particular needs of the individual.