October 13, 2015

Training Wisdom from an Iron(woman)

Wake up after a restless night to check in at 4:45am for a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle race, and top it off with a marathon of 26.2 miles - all in a single day.  If that sounds like a good time to you then you might just be an Ironman (woman).  For those that aspire to such heights, the Ironman World Championships, taking place this past weekend in Kona, are the pinnacle of athleticism.

Three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda “Mighty Mouse” Carfrae shares her training wisdom regarding what it takes to be a long-course endurance athlete on Outside Online.


Cross Train
Building fitness with multi-discipline cross-training prevents burnout.  More importantly, build in activities that benefit the others such as with triathlon - swimming, running, and biking.

She goes on to say that the treadmill is not bad for a quick workout with control of the pace.

No Strict Diet
She doesn’t follow a strict diet but sticks to healthy foods like proteins, fruits, veggies, quinoa, and rice.  After a race, however, she eats whatever she wants.

Sleep is incredibly important for recovery.  She grabs 9-10 hours in a 24 hour period.  That means 7 or 8 hours in a night plus a 2 hour nap.

We like this part - Mirinda visualizes herself being successful especially in the toughest parts of the races. Prepare mentally so when things get tough you won’t suffer as much.

Run for You
She says she focuses on herself rather than thinking about the other people out there.  Saying in the moment and giving 100% - great advice for life in general.
She really is an amazing athlete.  There are some more tips over at Outside Online.

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