Training for Ironman 70.3 is in full swing. I’m in week two of my twenty week training program. I put in roughly six hours of training this week, including a two hour bike ride of 40 miles.
Here are a couple of tricks I use to help my body adjust to the intensity. These are things I incorporate into my training at any level whether it is a 5k or half Ironman.
Mid-week I always incorporate yoga. Yoga helps me pay extra time and attention to my core. It’s also a great way to stretch out after back-to-back days of extended physical activity. Because I am on my feet a lot, I make it a point to roll them out. I use a NANO Foot Roller or a bouncy ball. The bouncy ball is cheap and effective.
Trust your gut
They say athletes are superstitious, and I’m no exception. When I’m preparing for a long bike ride or competition, I drink beet juice the day before. I have found it helps tremendously in eliminating cramping. My go to beet juice is the Roots Radical from Juby True.
The jury’s still out on this, but there are numerous studies that show a correlation between physical performance and drinking beet juice. Of course, other studies suggest it has no direct impact. For me it has become a ritual.
If you are interested in trying beet juice, I’d recommend that you test it well before a competition. You don’t want to try this the day before a race not knowing how your body will react to it.
Take the plunge
In addition, I also cold plunge at least once a week at Movement Restoration. Cold plunge is a great for circulation and reducing inflammation. (The cold tub at Movement Restoration is usually 49-56 degrees!) This recovery method has changed the way I train. Cold plunge helps with fatigue and keeps my legs fresh for the next training day.