How I prepare for an untrained race

It has pretty much become a habit for me to race without training. After attempting and finishing Iroman 70.3 with one month training. I feel like I can conquer any smaller race with no training as well.

Here are my tips on how I finish the races in one piece.

  1. Always active, always working out as much as I can: I don’t have to do crazy or specific workout just as long as I’m working out consistently through out the year. That’s pretty much how I do it.
  2. Proper nutrition: Always eating a healthy diet. I eat a very clean diet throughout the year and that keeps my body in check.
  3. Sleep: I wish I could say I slept enough. But I’d do much better if I did.

Race day tips: 

  1. On race day I always make sure to start the race off super easy
  2. I don’t sweat it: I show up super confidently without race nerves. I come early, put up a smile, line up with everyone who trained their asses off and take it one step at a time.
  3. I don’t push it until the very very end. Since I haven’t trained specifically for the race, I know I’m not going to pulling any crazy stunts or even think about Personal bests. I have to be realistic, grounded and ensure I finish injury free above all. Always pacing myself very carefully and listening to my body.
  4. I foam roll the day before and morning as much as I can to keep my muscles all nice and loose
  5. Have loads of fun. High five everyone, smile and be good to the volunteers. That kind of Karma will get you through any race in one piece 🙂

Happy racing

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How long does it take to train for an Ironman?!

“How much training do you need for Ironman”  is what the question was.

Instead of replying to the person in private I decided to make this a public post that could maybe help out a person or two.

The answer is “ I don’t know”.

There are so many variables that come into play and so much to look at.

  • Are you currently working out?
  • How long have you been working out for?
  • Can you swim?
  • Can you bike?
  • Can you run?
  • Are you a couch potato?

All those questions would determine the answer to that question. Now, one thing you definitely need to know for sure is to swim, bike and run. If you can do those, you can do an ironman, especially a half ( 70.3 ). So that’s the good news.

Now I’m assuming people reading aren’t pros, if they were, they wouldn’t be reading this. I’m also assuming you haven’t done an ironman before and I’m assuming you have at least 8 months till whatever ironman you want to do.

 

Ok. Great. You can do it then.

Now due to me not personally knowing you, I can’t give you a tailored fit answer but I can give you good general advice that can help you accomplish your first ever ironman and boy is it an accomplishment.

Firstly, you need to sit down and mark your calendar into mini events. I suggest before you get ahead of yourself and plan an ironman, a good way to get your body ready is to prepare for other mini races. Do 5k’s, 10k’s , half marathon, sprint or olympic triathlons and bike races ( if those are available in your area ). Doing those will give you confidence and a feel for racing.

It’s so much easier to prepare for smaller races than a huge ironman. Approach it with baby steps and by the time ironman comes you’ll have basically done ironman but in steps.

Do not do too much too soon or else you WILL get injured.

Another key point is diet. The lighter you are, the better your body responds to all the pounding it’ll be receiving. Start eating better, greener and leaner. Eat a diet rich in whole food, fresh fruit and vegetables.

This is as general and basic as I can lay it out but I’m more than happy to answer questions.

Oh and I have done 4 half iron distance races + a ton of mini races. So I kinda know what I’m talking about. Kind of.

For those attempting to do it, it’s an amazing achievement. I get the chills just thinking about race day. It’s indescribable.

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5 days to ironman 70.3 Bahrain

I’m sore  and haven’t tapered yet. Ordered top of the line nutrition and a wrong order arrived. I have been swamped with work and cannot say no to it, because as a freelancer you just can’t refuse work, not at this stage of my life at least.

I’ve trained for this race for under a month. My longest run was the 10k I wrote about around 3 weeks ago. And it wasn’t even fast. I’m trying to sleep more, but it can be challenging.

I have a few ticks up my sleeve and will see how it goes. Humble goal: 6:30, non realistic goal: beating last years time of 6:10 ( which I was kind of in shape for ) and the  unattainable goal under 6 hours.

For now, eat super well, try and get as much sleep as I can and easy workouts. Work load is increasing by the day. That’s good if it was any other time. But that’s life. Throwing curve balls at me. Just have to me focus and deal with it the right way.

To all you tapering. I salute you. See you at the start line.

Tomorrow’s triathlon

So I was asked to be part of a team in tomorrow’s olympic triathlon. Well of course, I said yes! Even though I’m the least prepared for it

Let me back up a little and tell you what is an olympic triathlon: It’s an athletic contest consisting of three different events, typically swimming, cycling, and running.  Tomorrow’s distances are 1.5 km swim, 40k cycling and a 10k run to hit the spot. So I’ll be doing the swim and the bike part. Here’s the thing, the last time I was on a bike was maybe around 2 months ago and I was struggling to finish 20k.

So tomorrow will be an experiment that should be interesting. I usually put myself in such situations. It’s very unnecessary.

Wish me all luck.