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My heart rate during an ironman marathon is usually low to mid 140s, unless it's in Hawaii where the climatic conditions can make it higher. Transcript: "So by the time I get to the marathon of an ironman, my heart rate is actually quite low, would be in the low to mid one '40s, which for me is quite low, simply because there is exhaustion from the rest of the disciplines. And of course, there is excitement, and you push, and it's a race, and all that. But unless it's Hawaii where the heart rate does climb higher because of the climatic conditions, I am mid to low one '40s."
I swim 20-30 km per week, bike 10-15 hours per week, and run 50-80 km per week. Transcript: "Hey, David, thanks for the question. So on average, when I'm kind of just training normally, I would swim anywhere from 20 to 30 kilometers of swimming per week. I will bike-- I normally work in hours on the bike, actually, because a lot of my biking is indoors. So I'll do anywhere from 10 to 15 hours of bike per week. And then on running, it's anywhere from 50 to 80 kilometers. So quite a lot but nothing too heroic. I know a lot of athletes that do probably a bit more than that, but I find that that works perfectly for me to tick along and usually keeps me injury free even though I'm sidelined with a bit of an injury at the moment, but I cannot wait to get back to doing those kind of mileage per week."
My best purchase under $100 was a book about triathlon training that positively impacted my life. Transcript: "My best purchase under $100 that positively impacted my life has to be not long after I did my first triathlon back in 1998. I bought a book about triathlon training because I wanted to, you know, go deeper into the sport. I had no idea what I was doing, so that book was a pretty good purchase."
No socks for 70.3, socks for Ironman run. Transcript: "I'd say no socks for 70.3, and socks for an Ironman run. I just have always kind of done no socks because of my ITU days, and a quick transition in a half Ironman could be 20 or 30 seconds. And I've actually been able to create some gaps that have helped me win races and separate from people in a half Ironman because of going no socks and having a faster transition. But I think in an Ironman, it's just too long of a day to not wear socks."
The fastest bikers in triathlon love to talk about their strength and power, but they often don't win because everyone else is drafting them even though they don't get a penalty. Bike for show, run for dough is the saying that applies to this situation. Transcript: "I think the big thing that all the fastest bikers in triathlon has if they love talking about it, oh my days. They think they're heroes because they're so strong on the bike and their power, they sit on the front. You don't hear the fastest swimmers-- you never hear Josh Amberger talking a big swim up. Patrick Lange very rarely talks up some of his fastest runs. But definitely in the men's side, those big power bikers they like to tell everyone. And the only reason they often don't win is because everyone else is drafted even though they haven't been given a drafting penalty. You know they say, bike for show, run for though."
Most of my clients wear traditional road shoes for long course triathlon. They take a little extra time in transition to dry off their feet, put on socks and cycling shoes, as it is more important to be comfortable on the bike for the four to seven hours of cycling. This will ensure that when they get off the bike, their feet are happy for the run portion of the race. Transcript: "Most of my clients wear traditional road shoes for long course triathlon. They'll take a little bit of extra time in their transition, dry off their feet, put on socks, put on comfortable cycling shoes because it's more important to be comfortable for that four or five, six, seven hours you're on the bike. So that when you get off, the last thing in the world you are thinking about is your feet. Because as cool as the cycling stuff is for-- in triathlon, the reality is is that long course triathlon is about that run. And making sure you're comfortable and your feet are happy when you get off the bike is crucial."