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To get your body ready to perform at its best come race day, it is important to follow a training schedule that addresses each portion of the Ironman Triathlon. While every component of the Ironman race is designed to push your body to its limit, many Ironman experts will tell you that your performance in the running component is the make-or-break period in the race. The running component takes about 40% of the total race time, so making the most of it is crucial.
Below are some tips to help you train for your most successful Ironman yet and master the run!
It doesn’t matter how strong of a runner you are, or how many marathons you’ve completed. It is a completely different aerobic and mechanical challenge to run a full 26.22-mile marathon after a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bicycle ride. Your lungs are screaming, your muscles are on fire and you may already be mentally drained—but you have a full marathon ahead. Running off the bike is a specialized skillset, and one you need to train for. To perform with outstanding time on race day, your body not only needs to have endurance in running, but the ability to switch from biking to running quickly and effectively. To train your body for these demands, add a 10 to 15-minute run at the end of your high-intensity bike training session. This will train your body to recognize the transition in muscle activation come race day.
The running component is the final portion of the Ironman. You need to pace yourself to conserve energy and keep your mental motivation at its peak. Since the running portion of your race has to be a priority for your body on race day, make sure you’re doing everything you can in your bike technique in order to preserve energy for the running portion. Breathing techniques are key, but so is physical pacing. Keep your racing watts steady, because anything extra you throw toward the bike portion is stealing much-needed energy and power from the run portion.
Trying to fit the whole Ironman into your training regime is out of the question, as it would be too hard on your body and would require too much recovery time after the fact to be able to continue with your normal training schedule. However, you can simulate the length of the race in training by doing back-to-back workouts, following a long bike ride with a short transition run and then a long swim followed by a long run the next day. This will let you push your body to new performance standards within a safe range.
Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is a key hormone that helps us build muscle and burn fat.
Your muscles are made of cells that have been fused together into muscle fibers. And on the outside of these fibers are things called satellite cells.
When you work out you damage cells in the muscle fibers. To fix this, your body releases Growth Hormone, Growth Factors (other hormones) and Testosterone. These tell the satellite cells to start replicating to both repair and replace damaged cells in the muscle, and also to add more cells, increasing the muscle fibers in size.
If your cells are taking in less sugar because they’re resisting insulin knocking at their door to let in sugar, then the cells have less energy to work with.
That sugar is there, and insulin is happily converting it to fat, but your cells aren’t getting it so of course they’re hungry and will keep telling you to eat more until they finally get some.
I’ve been asked many times about the one vitamin or supplement a person needs for good health, about this or that diet, about going Vegan or going Carnivore, and much more.
So I wanted to take a moment to look at some things here. Not the pros and cons of different diets or the importance of one vitamin over another, but instead — how you can determine what is right for you.