Sun, 4 November 2007
Episode 84 Ironman Talk
This weeks news
Results: Ironman Florida.
Badman has operation.
This weeks discussion
Why do you do this crazy sport called Ironman? We’re going deep and we want honesty. Maybe your mum didn’t cuddle you enough ;-)
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Website of the week
Great youtube clip from Peter Coulson: Click here.
Age grouper of the week
His name is Tommy Nielsen and he is an outstanding age grouper. I'll mention his results in a minute but first you need some background information on him:
He's 34 years old and lives with his girlfriend. They have 3 children.
He balances everyday life with the kids, coaches several athletes and put on Denmark's second largest triathlon www.Silkeborgtriathlon.dk He holds a full time job but still finds time to train for Ironman. This is his passion and despite a low training volume he competes at a high level. Leading up to Kona he averaged a about 15 hours a week for 6 consecutive weeks. However, on average over a whole year he normally trains about 10 hours a week. (I don't know how much he trained this year, though) Seen in that light I think his results are incredible.
This year he raced in Roth and had a PB in 8.33 and 12th overall. 7 weeks later he did Ironman UK where he was first age grouper and 8th overall in 8.56. He was over 30 minutes faster than the second fastest in his age group. He qualified for Hawaii where he again went on to win his age group only 7 weeks after Ironman UK. His time in Kona was 9.05.
He always wanted to win in Kona. That was what kept him returning to Kona 8 times. He kept believing he could win in Kona if only he kept training consistently and return to Kona. His weakest discipline has always been the run and after the bike in Kona he was only 6th in his age group. However, with his best ever run in Kona, a 3.05 marathon, he went on to win 6 minutes ahead of number 2. A truly remarkable performance, especially because he had an entrapped nerve in his behind which prevented his performance on the bike. It just shows that anything is possible if you keep believing. A big inspiration and that's why I think Tommy Nielsen should be age grouper of the week.
His web page is www.tommynielsen.com
Correct bogeying technique
Turn your head so as not to get yourself
One finger presses down on non bogeying nostril (double barrel technique is not a good look)
If in a bunch be mindful of others around you (do you bogeying at the back)
If in a race situation don’t look behind you. If you hit someone with a greenie they are too close
Tidy yourself up before hitting T2 or the finish
Post race (hard workout) recovery tips
Warm down after racing (some easy running for up to 10mins then easy cycling 10-30mins)
Hydrate and eat well as soon as possible
Once warmed down and fuelled up stand in lake/river/sea or cold bath
Put skins or compression tights on if you have any (I sell skins if you want any)
Legs up the wall for 10-15mins
Continue to eat and hydrate well. Avoid alcohol until well after the race (ideally all day)
This weeks websites
IM Florida, silverman, Macca racing at silverman, Badman has operation, Stadler does Marathon, you tube, www.tommynielsen.com, www.alvinconnor.com
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