Thursday, June 20, 2013

Common questions to me about endurance


I am far from an endurance expert. I guess I have done more training than some folks. I have found that people are genuinely curious. Here are some of the top questions I've gotten over the past couple of years ... along with my long-winded responses.

Q:


What made you want to start doing endurance events?

A:

I got some really disturbing results from a rather routine physical. I knew something needed to change. I needed to exercise and change my eating habits. I have always enjoyed running. I suppose I have always been decent at running for distance. I grew up riding bicycles, so that was an easy thing to resume. I'm still working on the swimming ... but I do enjoy it.



Q:


How much do you workout? I mean, how many hours per week?

A:

This is a loaded question. It depends on where I am in the schedule of events. In my base fitness with no events on the horizon, it appears I have settled in on about 10 hours of targeted training per week. During the throws of Ironman training I went up to 30 hours in one week last March.



Q:


What do you eat?

A:

My food intake is in constant review. I mostly eat veggies, eggs, fruit, nuts and granola bars. A couple of times per week I do have chicken or turkey. I've not been eating as much red meat and I once did. I have found an importance to food timing and food mixing as my training evolves. I have sugar cravings. When I do need sugar I either do semi-sweet chocolate chips or other forms of dark chocolate.



Q:


You can eat whatever you want, right?

A:

No way! I still have to watch everything every day. I have maintained my Ironman weight. I mess up my intake from time to time. When I do, I just hop right back on the horse. I used to have a bad habit of giving up after one 'poor diet choices' day. I do know some of my Ironman finisher peers have struggled with putting weight on post the big day.



Q:


You did the Ironman on TV? The one in Hawaii?

A:

No, I did not do the Ironman World Championships. Those are the fastest of the fastest people on the planet. (OR - the wealthiest or most famous). There are over 70 Ironman brand races all across the globe.


Q:


Why don't you go do the one in Hawaii?

A:

To get to Kona, you must qualify in your age group at one of the sanctioned Ironman events. It is usually the top 1 or 2 racers per age group, per race that qualify for Kona. With my 11:57 finish at Ironman Arizona I was probably over two hours behind the Kona qualifier from my age group.


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