In our spring issue we introduced you to Medibank member Nick, who was beginning a training journey to IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, in June 2014. Seeking to restore balance between the work, social, fitness and family aspects of his life, the half-ironman event was chosen as something to aim for and guide his journey to better health.
Now, three months on, we’ve caught up with Nick to see how he is handling the training load, the impact it is having on his work and how his body is dealing with the exercise.
How are you handling the training since we last spoke?
I’ve got into a bit of a routine now; it took about two months to get that nailed. Now that I’m getting up early, I feel a bit like I’ve spent the last 25 years wasting that time between 5.30 – 7.30am! The training is becoming a part of my thought process and I’m getting a little bit more consistent. You just know that you need to ride and you need to be up at 5.30.
How many sessions are you getting out?
I’m trying to get three swim sessions out each week at the moment. I start at 5.30am and finish at 7am for two weekday sessions and then I do a weekend 6.30am – 7.30am swim. We get through about 3kms each session and I’m pretty fatigued by the end.
For the ride, I’m doing two long rides a week, usually around 50kms. I want to increase that to about four rides a week, so with the warmer weather and longer days over summer I’ll hopefully be able to achieve that. I’m going to start a bit of indoor wind training to keep the legs kicking over instead of sitting on the couch at night.
The runs are getting in whenever I have time – they’re a bit easier because you can just go. Every Wednesday I’m getting in a morning run in the city, which is great to mix up the training landscape.
What do you need to work on?
I really need to work on my swimming technique, stop splashing around like a whale and try to get a smoother finish. I think that will come from fitness more than anything because I’m so exhausted by the end that I just start throwing my arms around. I also need to continue to tweak my diet, just work on getting a fundamental base intact.
Any injuries to report?
Little sore spots are popping up every now and then. I had a minor calf injury recently that really flared up on one of my training runs about 4kms in. That was a real setback as injuries always push the motivation levels, so I hope I don’t have too many more of those. I’m feeling better now and easing into the runs.
How is work going?
I have my own business and we distribute footwear and apparel so work is a never-ending cycle of selling, closing, and moving onto the next brand. The morning training affects my day because I’m pretty fatigued for the rest of the day, but as I get fitter hopefully I’ll be able to handle it better.
Is IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns still an achievable goal?
I’ll get there either way. With the 70.3 distance, the training makes the difference between finishing in five to seven hours or it becoming 13 hours. My goal is to do the right training and make sure that my time is respectable!
Let’s check how Nick’s progressing three months into his journey to the IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns.
Join Nick and sign up for IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns at ironman.com/cairns70.3