Triathlon consists of swimming, biking and running - sounds simple if you put it like that. There are generally four different categories (distances) of triathlons: sprint, olympic, half-ironman and full-ironman. Arguably the toughest endurance race is the full-ironman; consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile (marathon) run, back-to-back-to-back, in one day.
The term "Ironman" was actually coined back in the 70s from a dispute between military officers over which athlete—the swimmer, biker, or runner—was toughest. The first Ironman race took place on the island of O'ahu and saw fifteen men start the race with twelve of them completing the inaugural event. Since then, it has grown into a nationally televised event with 3500 participants, and dubbed the IRONMAN World Championship, held annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
For an event that takes nearly a whole day to complete (the swim kicks off at 7 a.m. with a midnight last call to finish the run), training for the Ironman requires a strict regimen and serious time commitment. It takes a minimum of 13 hours of training per week to get in shape for an Ironman race. That means you'll be training almost every day of the week.
After all, you not only have to swim, bike and run during the race, but you have to beat the cutoff times (swim: 2hrs 20mins, bike: 10hrs 30mins, run: course closes at midnight), and finish in 17 hours.
It's recommended to begin your training as early as possible, generally 6-7 months ahead of your race date. Hiring a coach who can tailor a specific training program to your fitness level is best but many standard training programs can be found online.
You know that a triathlon of any length consists of a swim, bike and run, but in order to succeed at the full-Ironman distance you'll have to learn a fourth discipline: nutrition.
To say an Ironman triathlon takes a lot of energy is an understatement. In fact, athletes burn around 7,000 to 10,000 calories during those grueling 140.6 miles.
Unlike the sprint or Olympic distance triathlon, the half- and full-ironman becomes not only about how fast you can swim, bike and run, but just as importantly, how you can take in enough calories to keep from bonking or hitting the wall.
Practicing your fueling and hydration strategy is equally as important as training for the swim, bike and run legs of the race. To ensure you have an enjoyable race and cross the finish line, it's important for endurance athletes to focus on consuming the proper amounts of calories and replenish electrolytes that contains essential trace minerals that help regulate blood volume and maintain proper brain function during endurance training and racing.
Bree had a breakout season in 2014 with a number of top 10 and podium finishes including an overall win at Ironman Canade-Whistler, Ironman New Zealand (4th place), Ironman Texas (4th Place), Ironman Hawaii 70.3 (2nd place), Ironman World Championship (16th place), and Ironman Western Australia (6th place) to cap off her season. To stay healthy and race at a high level, Bree implemented a strict program which includes a healthy diet, proper rest, and EnduroPacks daily system of vitamins and minerals, to keep her healthy and performing at peak levels.
She’s the very girl that finished college with a job offer to teach in Hawaii and another to teach in Costa Rica. With a coin in her hand, heads Hawaii and tails Costa Rica, she gave it a flip. Two weeks later she landed in Hawaii and never looked back. She writes down goals & dreams, then chases them heart first until she lands amongst them, often falling on her face, somewhere between waiting patiently and determination. Bree's dad once told her (before she won Ironman Louisville), “Country girls are made the strongest, remember that”.
In Hawaii she was encouraged to take up running, which soon led her to join Kona Aquatics, buy a bike, and triathlon. Watching the 2003 Hawaii Ironman run through her back yard, another dream was written, “I have to do Ironman." And so she did. In her first Ironman (2007) she not only won her 25-29 age-group, she set the amateur record! That very day changed her entire life. The mother of 2 year old Kainoa and 3rd grade teacher, would be trading in all her chalk and stickers for the opportunity to live out a dream. 2008 began Bree’s journey as Hawaii’s female professional triathlete.
Currently Bree is taking a one-month break, prescribed by her coach, James Cotter, to help her recover before ramping back up for the 2015 season. Bree plans to incorporate EnduroPacks daily system of sports nutrition into her offseason training regimen to help her recover properly from her training and keep her healthy.
We're very pleased and honored to have Bree joining our team in 2015! You can read more about Bree on her personal blog at http://www.hibreewee.com.
In 2014 Thomas raced in over 20 events, ranging from duathlons to full-ironman distance races. Thomas stays healthy by implementing a strict program which includes a healthy diet, proper rest, and EnduroPacks daily system of vitamins and minerals, to keep him healthy and performing at peak levels.
Thomas Gerlach grew up in Madison, Wisconsin playing team sports and running circles around the other kids when it came to aerobic activity. He found the sport of triathlon after suffering an overuse injury due to his heavy focus on running marathons during college. His first triathlon race was in 2006 and every year since then he has been one of the most active racers and always try to have some fun and smile while I am out there competing. Since turning pro in 2011, he has a total of 7 professional podium finishes, including fifth overall in the Challenge Atlantic City Ironman, second overall in the 2014 Ironman Louisville, and third overall in the 2014 Ironman Silverman 70.3, among others.
Thomas plans to incorporate EnduroPacks daily system of sports nutrition into his offseason training regimen to help him recover properly from his training and stay healthy.
We're very pleased and honored to have Thomas joining our team in 2015! You can read more about Thomas on his personal blog at www.thomasgerlach.com.
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