No one starts doing triathlons because they want to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. I started racing triathlons more than a decade ago and was in it for the fun, exercise, meeting new friends, etc. It wasn’t until about 5 years ago when I learned what Kona was all about…that it wasn’t just for the Pros. I got serious about racing, got a coach and got to work. Dreaming of making it to Kona one day was such a lofty goal to me but I knew that if I never quit that Id have a chance.
Fast forward to today I’m only 30 days from realizing my dream and competing with the best triathletes in the world. I’ve put in a lot of training but the next month is pretty crucial in terms of being consistent and healthy. Here are some main things that I’m focusing on that will help me on the Big Island!
Sleep. Sleep is so important in a triathlete’s life. I try and get a good 8-9 hours a night but lately I have been getting about 7.5 which is not great…
Nutrition and Hydration. I eat a mainly plant-based diet and try to get in as many calories as I can. Meal prepping is a big deal for me on Sundays so I’m never without when I get busy and work/training fills my schedule. Sometimes I get behind on hydrating or not getting enough electrolytes which can be disastrous going into a long workout.
Hitting my workouts. Consistency is KEY in getting some last gains over the next few weeks of training. Skipping a workout is a no, no. The next few long workouts will consist over >100 mile bike rides and about 15-20 mile runs.
Stay tuned for more training updates as I get closer to race day