My 1st Ironman – pain is temporary, pride is 4ever

On Aug 27th I finished my 1st Ironman in Podersdorf, Austria.

But first things first …

In 2003 a friend of mine told me about triathlon and he said that he will finish an Ironman before the age of 36. I didn’t dare to bet on this too. But from then on the thought about finishing an Ironman was always on my mind. My poor wife had to bear part of the burden because some holidays were moved or canceled, a lot of weekends spent for workouts and all the time she heard me talking about it.

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Now it's time, the race starts soon

Photo by Garry Neesam on Unsplash
Photo by Garry Neesam on Unsplash

Two weeks before your race are very important. These PEAK-weeks (if they appear in your training schedule) shall bring your body to your personal peak of your effectiveness (PEAKING). Please stick to your training schedule and don’t overstrain you.

You will be confronted with reduced extents in your last week to recover before your race.

UNIMPORTANT vs IMPORTANT

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Do I need combined workouts?

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Photo by Jenny Hill on Unsplash

If you plan to participate at a triathlon race, then you should get used to trainings in a row. You should get used to it in your training phase and combine different training units.

So you get used to race-like conditions, you train under a race-like load and “last but not least” you practice the cloth-changing (that’s not so easy :-). Don’t forget to take additional nutrition with you.

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Am I prepared for my race?

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Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash

Just go to your logbook and take a look at the report named “Can I finish the competition?”.

This shows you how much you have trained in this season and how much you should have trained.

If you stay in the area of 80% – 110% of your planned training extent, the signal stays Green. This means you can finish the next main competition.

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Why do I have to define races?

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Photo by Simon Connellan on Unsplash

If you simply want to do your training. No problem!

Our TriCoreTraining system also works without defined races, but it’s more exciting with goals – believe me :-).

My hint

You should do races, if you want to train systematically. One or more main races are the goal of your training season and your training plan will bring you there. The TriCoreTraining system allows you to define 3 main races per season and as many unimportant races as you want (they can help you checking your fitness).

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