Preparing for your first Ironman race can be daunting and scary but it’s also a huge achievement to be proud of and leaving no stone unturned is the key to success
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Podcast length: 32′ 46″
Siri and Bek share their combined experiences of racing an Ironman and coaching several triathletes to prepare for the big race. They share advice on how to ensure that every box is checked, that no detail is too small and how there will be bumps in the road. The important thing is to own the lows as well as the highs, to learn from mistakes and take ownership in order to grow and improve. Being prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for an Ironman is no small effort; it takes huge commitment, passion and dedication. It also takes courage and as Siri reminds us: “Keep thinking how incredibly brave you are for being out there and doing this. And don’t ever, ever give in.”
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Preparing for Your First Ironman Race
A daunting and scary thing, such an incredible challenge but so rewarding.
Have the right equipment:
be comfortable on the bike
blister – run goo
take care of the little things
you have to really want to do it
need motivation when it gets hard to dig deep
have an emotional and powerful reason to why you want to do it
why do you want be on the podium
be more grateful for the journey
think about the example you’re setting
having the courage to prepare your body, physically, emotionally and mentally
do everything in your power to make it to cross the finish line
give it your best effort to make it happen
who this makes you become
connect with people with the same desires and motivation – find a mentor, people who have been there and done that
Owning the journey
There will be potholes and u-turns
be prepared for the struggle
“When you’re on a daunting journey and you want it so bad and something goes wrong and you’re not able to achieve it, you will achieve it so much quicker if in that moment when you are disappointed and you fall short or it doesn’t happen, you have to own it.
Admit if you choke or go wrong so you can learn from and work at fixing.
It’s so important to own it.
It’s character building.
Biggest success and biggest disappointment – do you own it or blame someone else
Be your authentic self by owning the lows as much as the highs
Lessons of testing false positive drug test and the impact on Bek even though being vindicated
Take-away – do not touch anything that could produce positive test
Advice on swimming – legs on top of the water – swim more – build confidence – do hypoxic breathing drills – if you get nervous just float on your back and relax
Deep water treading at the start – freestyle kick
Remember to eat after the swim
Make up for energy expended
Be comfortable – are you thirsty or hungry
For a beginner – fuel is so important
Drink when you’ve taken carbs – every 20 mins
Gratitude – be grateful for your passion and determination
“Be grateful that you have the ability, the opportunity, the drive, the determination, the hunger, the passion to be out there taking on this unbelievable feat. Be grateful for the opportunity, for the people around you, be grateful for your legs, your arms, your beating heart – be grateful! That will pit you in your most powerful state and draw on great memories…
Clean socks for the run
Be efficient on the run – take little steps to get into your stride
As much forward momentum as you can get, leaning forward, looking down
Keep thinking how incredibly brave you are for being out there and doing this.
Don’t ever, ever give in.