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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Challenge: 70.3

So tomorrow I officially start training for the Ironman 70.3 which is one month. Yes, one month. So I looked up everywhere on line for a one month training plan and the craziest one was 6 weeks. Yes, 6 weeks and that’s one plan that I had to dig up. I have 4 weeks left. There was nothing out there that even recommended a one most training plan. Here goes.

Can I do it? I mean, truth be told, yes! I could, but it’s not just about finishing, it’s about finishing strong and going through each discipline with confidence and grace. At last year’s Challenge ( half iron distance) I also didn’t have a training plan but I was always swimming, biking and running. I finished in 6 hours and 10 minutes. Not bad for my first ever half iron distance and no training plan.

But this year is different. I haven’t been biking at all and that scares me, Have been barely running and have been mostly swimming ( the smallest fraction of all three disciplines). So am I worried? I’m just confused, excited and a little scared. I’d like to finish in under 6 hours 30 minutes really just because I get bored out there and because I don’t want to be out there for so long. I just don’t.

So here’s what I’m going to do. Train super hard for a month, listen to my body, eat even better and hope I don’t crack. So wish me all luck and I may just keep you posted ( not that anyone should care)

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At last year’s challenge Bahrain

About Bob

Everyone loves Bob’s parties.

Even before you got there you knew it was going to be great.

Bob would always call you the day before to check you were still coming and to make sure you knew that you could bring someone with you if you wanted to.

bob phone call

Bob would always greet you at the door with a big smile and introduce you to everyone in the room before leaving you to talk to someone who had similar interests.

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Not only did Bob manage to pay attention to me but he also managed to spread himself around the group.

Minions people

I was amazed at the wide variety of people Bob attracted to his parties. His parents and their friends were always there and there were always plenty of children crawling through adult legs.

He always got a DJ who managed to keep everyone happy. One minute we were dancing to “Rock around the clock” and the next I was singing along to my favorite new releases.

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I watched Bob at parties and was always amazed that he was ‘in the moment’ and had focused whoever he was with.

Bob was not a host who was always looking over the shoulder of the guests.

Nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble for Bob.

If you needed something, a drink, anything, he had an uncanny talent for anticipating your needs and turning up just as you were about to try to find whatever you needed.

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At Bob’s parties everyone felt special.

minion special

Bob certainly held awesome parties. He seemed to get a real thrill out of seeing everyone else have a great time.

A little something I learnt from my Les mills Body attack training. Try and be your best most authentic self and you’ll always make others feel just as special. Cause when you’re feeling good, you just can’t help but spread that vibe.

Do you need to be like Bob in any aspect of your life? Work? family? business?

I’ll always think of Bob when I’m teaching classes, coaching, and running my food and smoothie business cause Bob knows that the people are our life blood and the more attention we pay to them, to more special we make them feel, the better we do in life. So Bob is my bar. I wanna be like Bob.