So it’s the 1st January 2015, the first day of the year that I will become an Ironman. In fact, it is a mere 254 days until the race, so it is time to get organised.
It is fairly self evident that to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and then run a marathon you need to do a fair bit of training. Pretty much everything I have read recommends trying to do about 10 hours training per week as a minimum. This may sound fairly easy; however when you think about it 10 hours is more than an entire working day for most people. It is a fair chunk of time to find and with a new baby Snook due in February it may prove tricky to fit the training in.
To combat against this as soon as I find a new job (I was made redundant on the 31st December 2014) I am going to hire myself a proper coach to help me along the way. The man for the job is already lined up, all I need now is somebody to employ me. I am open to any reasonable offers 🙂
So that takes care of the training part. Next onto nutrition.
There is no doubt in my mind that all the training in the world cannot fight against a poor diet. I have never been one for dieting, in fact you could say that I have always been rather against the idea. Food is delicious. I eat almost everything (not keen on rice pudding or things like spotted dick, though I imagine I could eat them if forced). Other than that I love it all.
My wife and I are also partial to a take-a-way or 12 and I have always prided my self on being a good cook. Nice tasting food is often not the most healthy (even when you cook it yourself) and for those reasons I have always pretty much eaten whatever I liked.
This has seen my weight rise from a svelt 13 stone (182 lbs – 83kg) when I was a teenager, to a much more portly 16 stone (224 lbs – 102kg) at the start of 2014. Currently I weigh somewhere just over 14 stone (196lbs – 90kg), although I haven’t weighed myself post Christmas.
There is a lot of debate about what “race weight” people should compete at; however I have decided that whilst putting on my wetsuit in 254 days time I would like to weigh around 75kg (165lbs or just under 12 stone). If I am being brutally honest I haven’t weighed this much since I was about 12. That being said weight plays such a huge role in long distance triathlon that it is well worth my while to get the weight down and keep it down.
To do this, I am intending to follow a fairly simple mantra.
Eat clean and make the right decisions 90% of the time.
“Eating clean” is a phrase that has been around in training for some time and simply refers to making sure that your diet does not have processed foods or an abundance of unhealthy fats or sugars in it.
I am also cutting out some things from my diet entirely. This is going to be very tough for me, as the things I am cutting out are many of the things I simply love to eat/drink. The list of these is below.
- Take-a-way food