CRUSHING IRONMAN 70.3
SARAH RACHEL AND BRETT'S JOURNEY
From crushing it as BEAT Fitness regulars to smashing it at IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland we had a little chat with Sarah, Rachel and Brett on how their full body workouts at BEAT have helped them take on this beast of a challenge!
Sarah: It was actually Rachel who convinced a group over us over one too many glasses of vino that this race would be a good idea! I had done a number of marathons and longer bike races over the years so this race seemed like a bigger challenge.
Rachel: I’d done a couple of marathons and needed a new challenge, so I signed up for a half Ironman. It seemed tough and the training was varied, so why not? You just need to put your mind to it and put the steps in place to get there.
Brett: Ironman is considered one of the most demanding full body workouts available and what better way to test limits than to swim, bike and run. I have grown up doing triathlons so now is the time to step up to longer distances.
HOW DID YOU TRAIN?
Sarah: I bought a 16-week programme from Training Peaks and did approx. 12 hours of training a week. I combined this with a BEAT Fitness RIDE class once a week to mix up training and keep up my motivation up with group fitness.
Rachel: I had a coach put my training plan together and we did some sessions together too, he really monitored my progress and fatigue levels then adapted my plan. This was important for me as it helped juggle training and work! Like Sarah, I also threw some BEAT sessions into the mix, both yoga and spinning were great ways to train with a group with some awesome tunes!
WHAT WAS THE MOST DAUNTING PART OF THE RACE?
Sarah: For me it was definitely the swim. We had been training in a pool and in the lake, and I knew race day would be very different - hundreds of women thrashing in the water trying to get the swim done as quickly as possible! My worst fears were confirmed as I got pushed by a swimmer within the first 100m of the race . After I calmed down and got into a steady rhythm it went a bit better!
Rachel: Like Sarah, for me it was the swim. Bike mechanics were pretty daunting too. My fear was getting a puncture! Luckily I got around the 90km without an issue.
Brett: The heat. Dehydration was difficult to manage in 30 degrees heat.
WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO PRODUCTS FOR TRAINING & RACING?
Sarah: All of my friends know that I have a minor Haribo addiction! I used these, gels and isotonic drinks. One of our other friends made little roast potatoes and rolled these in butter and salt– delicious on the bike!
Rachel: I go for Power Bar cereal bars when I am on the bike, something filling when I finish swimming and then isotonic drinks. I make my own energy balls with peanut butter, oats and coconut too. Nutrition was a huge part of our training, I don’t think I stopped eating for 6 months!
Brett: Netflix & Hoka Runners
ANY ADVICE FOR IRONMAN HOPEFULS?
Sarah: Do it with a friend! I couldn’t have kept up my motivation without Rach, Brett and our other IOC friends. Training buddies “keep you honest” – it’s much harder to stay in bed and miss an early morning session if you know that someone is counting on you.
Rachel: You need variation, going to BEAT spinning classes was the perfect way to still train hard on the bike when we were short on time or it was raining outside! Also I could have never have done it without a great group to train with. Surround yourself with awesome people, training sessions fly by and it’s great fun. Finally, enjoy it!
Brett: Ironman is much more daunting than you think, but trust that you can always achieve more than you think.
Congratulations to Sarah, Rachel and Brett! Congratulations also to Brett whose promotion at IOC has meant he needs to take a break from leading RIDE classes at BEAT.
Sign up for IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland 2018 now and we will help you smash it!