How To Live The Ultimate Ironman Lifestyle
I’m a firm believer in the idea that the best way to learn something quickly is to learn from someone who has done what you want to do or learn from someone who knows how to teach it. I’ve worked with a couple of great coaches over the last number of years, usually when I had a particular target in mind. In every instance I found it greatly short circuited the learning process and allowed me produce results much greater than I would have had had I just tried to learn by guesswork or trial and error. Another source of knowledge is to learn from people who have done what it is that you want to do. In this instance athletes who have qualified for Kona and in particular athletes who have qualified multiple times. The one exception in this report is Bryan Mc Crystal who at the time of writing hasn’t qualified for Kona. Up to now Bryan races in the Pro category and is currently the Irish Ironman record holder, the fastest Irish male long distance triathlete and is he also a triathlon coach so he has a very good insight into what is required not only to train and race at the highest levels but also what is needed to guide others.
Because of my involvement in the sport over the last 13 years I’ve been lucky enough to get to know quite a number of athletes who have qualified numerous times for Kona. These are the ones that most interest me from a learning point of view because they have learned not only how to become fast enough to qualify for and race the Ironman World Championships but they have learned how to incorporate that level of commitment into their lives over a very long period of time and live the ultimate Ironman lifestyle. Training and racing at the highest level and usually while having family commitments, holding down jobs or running a business and in Bryans case running several business.
In the article the athletes share their training and racing secrets, what they have learned on their journey and they share some quite incredible stories. You can download and read the full article below.