ANDREW (ANDY) McMULLAN
PRIMARY FUNCTION WITHIN THE TEAM
Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist but also a generalist who can drive, navigate, organise, clean, do dishes, analyse and generally bring spirits up.
STAND OUT MOMENT SO FAR
Race Across America (RAAM) - waking up in Kim, Kansas and rolling out with a blue dome overhead and grass as far as the eye could see split only by a single, rolling ribbon of tarmac heading east splashed with the colours of the occasional cyclist and their crews.
MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT SO FAR
2014 – Race Across America, day five crossing the Rockies, no sleep, a tired altitude suffering Joe, communication systems issues and RAAM in the balance. In fact this could have been Race Across America 2019 too.
WHY I DO IT
Working with a team under difficult situations in order that the team might succeed is fun in my book!
TJB HAS TAUGHT ME
The dynamic of the team becomes more important the further you go, the more pressure the race applies & the more fatigued you become. Performance is a measure of team resilience.
“I’ve been thinking”
IN 3 WORDS – YOUR TJB EXPERIENCE
Teamwork. Teamwork. Teamwork.
DID YOU KNOW
Andy is a legendary ranked player in Call of Duty mobile and he can hand roll a kayak (a very necessary skill to have on an ultra endurance cycling team).
ANDY ACCORDING TO JOE
Andy is a trusted advisor on so many aspects of team performance. I learn what it is to put team first from Andy. When he speaks, I do my best to listen.
Andy is passionate about performance, its constituents and what makes it happen at both individual and team levels. In exploring this he has migrated through a degree in Sports Science to a Masters in Rehabilitation Science, registration as a Physiotherapist and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy. He has an itchy mind which likes to be scratched and keeps thinking about further study – his wife tries to keep him grounded.
Andy has worked in a broad range of setting with some very tight teams both sporting and professional. Some of these have involved some of the more obscure endurance endeavours. He seeks to deliver the best that he can in each situation he finds himself in (he does not always succeed).
Andy brings a perspective to physiotherapy which is based more upon the person than the body alone, more about the robustness and capacity of the individual to effect change and succeed than about doing “stuff” to people. He does not believe in magic but thinks many magicians are incredibly clever people …