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Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned competitor, it takes a lot of hard work and determination to prepare for an Ironman. Completing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile ride and 26.2-mile run—there’s a reason only a select few are able to successfully complete these back-to-back events, and even fewer who excel.
“There is no escaping the fact that training for a successful race is demanding,” notes Matt Dixon, Ironman master coach. “Having to combine three disciplines into a single sport creates a challenge for anyone, but especially new triathletes.”
Dixon explains that the culture of the sport unfortunately drives most athletes into chasing an unsustainable approach to performance. For many, he points out, “the barometer of success in training is based [on] the accumulation of hours or miles of training (overall volume).” Success and readiness for these athletes are measured by how many hours a week of training can be crammed into life, “with most believing that more training equals a higher shot at success.”
For very busy people in many cases, Dixon adds, the “result is an ever tightening noose of over-scheduling, an accumulation of fatigue from training stress and life, and race performances that are not comparable to the hard work invested—it's a frustrating cycle for any passionate and motivated athlete, and one that can lead to under performance.” In this cycle, work and family suffer because the athlete is spread too thin.
Dixon and others invite us to remember that stress is stress. Nobody can ultimately beat physiology. Dixon sagely advises: “While you can be tough, you're not invincible; the first step is recognition of the significant challenge long-course triathlon proposes, and adopt a pragmatic mindset in your approach to proper training—this begins with knowledge.”
Dixon invites us to recognize the following common triathlon success blockers and to enlist training, rest and fueling strategies to avoid them:
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Growth Hormone (GH or HGH) is one of the most important hormones in regard to muscle gain and fat loss for men and women:
It increases muscle mass, increases protein synthesis, strengthens bone, internally makes your metabolism “younger,” and is, to a large degree, “anti-aging” in its effects. And it does this in large part by stimulating the uptake of amino acids in the cells.
In fact, GH is so closely tied to amino acids, that not only does GH stimulate the uptake of aminos, but taking aminos stimulates the release of GH to get the cells to take in the aminos.
Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the last couple of decades, and many people are curious whether it is right for them.
Those who believe they have a “slow” metabolism are especially concerned that any form of fasting might further slow the metabolism, leaving them feeling groggy or less energetic, not to mention hungry.
Surprisingly, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Intermittent fasting can improve your metabolism while helping you lose weight, along with a slew of other health benefits.
So-called “energy drinks” litter the shelves in health food stores and grocery stores. Each brand promises to deliver the energy boost you need for workouts or just to make it through the day.
The sad truth is that most commercial drinks and drink powders come with a steep price to your health.
Most of the popular brands contain stimulants such as caffeine and high levels of sugar. They make you feel jittery and wired, with a crash that comes soon after.