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Prestige Ultra Triathlon

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Thursday, February 20, 2014,
So this past weekend, I did my first "official" half-Ironman distance event. The Prestige Ultra.

It was a great race, I had no issues with any of the events. The swim was good, except for swimming directly into the sun and not being able to see where I was going. The cycle went well too, despite a few bike issues - a flat tyre and then after changing the tube, it went flat 3 more times. Yet, I still finished the 90km cycle in 2hr50. It was a nice flat course and I was able to spend most of the...
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An easier week

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Wednesday, February 12, 2014,
This Sunday, I will be doing a half-Ironman. It's not an official one with the Ironman trademark and all that, it's a locally organised half-Iron distance event, called the Prestige Ultra Triathlon.

It will be my longest race thus far, except for the "mock Half-Ironman" I did in December.

I expect this to go a lot better as I am in a lot better shape now and my training has been substantially more.

I am backing my training off a little this week, so that I am not too exhausted when I have to be ...
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Fitting it in no matter what

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Friday, February 7, 2014,
One of the big challenges I have at the moment, is that all my focus is on my Ironman training. This means I have very little time to do any resistance training. I have had to get creative. I put a pull-up bar in the doorway that leads from my bedroom to the lounge-kitchen-dining room area.

In the evenings or mornings between cooking or cleaning or doing whatever other things, I'll quickly do 10 pull-ups, then go back to whatever I was doing, then a few minutes later, I'll go and quickly do a...
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Avoid becoming a walking skeleton

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Wednesday, February 5, 2014,
A big reservation I always had about doing endurance events was that I would end up losing all of the muscle I had developed over years of training.

I have always been intrigued by great feats of endurance and the human spirit, and often many of these feats are only achieved by doing extreme endurance events. Unfortunately, your usual 4x per week intense weight session with some HIIT, although highly effective for metabolic conditioning and fat-loss, doesn't exactly give you the kind of 'spir...
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Making the short workouts more effective

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Tuesday, February 4, 2014,


If you took a look at the training program I posted the other day (

http://mos.triradar.com/Training_Plans/12_Week_Ironman_Programme.pdf), especially the "time poor" one, anyone who is familiar with the amount of training required for an Ironman, would think its perhaps a little light. This has been my concern too, so I have made a few adjustments.

For example, today I am scheduled to do a 40 minute run in Zone 2. If you are already pretty fit, this really does not feel like all that much. ...


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A solid weekend of training

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Monday, February 3, 2014,
One thing you have to make peace with when training for the Ironman, is that your weekends will be devoted to training, well at least for those of us working regular jobs.

Sleeping past 5am on a Saturday morning seems like a distant memory these days and only something that "other people", normal people do.

Saturdays are the days reserved for my long ride. The long ride is probably the most important workout in the whole program. The ride is the biggest part of the whole event - it could take a...
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The long run

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Friday, January 31, 2014,
Part of every Ironman training program is the weekly long run. Often these are reserved for weekends, but in my case they fall on a Thursday.

Depending on the program you are following and your goals, your long run could range anywhere from 2-4 hours. That is a fairly substantial workout to try and fit in each week, in addition to all the other training. Doing these on the weekends affords most people working regular jobs a little more time, but because I do most of my cycling on the weekends,...
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Training in full swing

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Monday, January 27, 2014,
I've been a bit lazy since adding this blog. My aim was to document my Ironman journey and other training misadventures.
Fortunately I haven't been that lazy with my training.

I am following a plan I got from the Triradar.com website, http://mos.triradar.com/Training_Plans/12_Week_Ironman_Programme.pdf

I am trying to do a combination of the 'Time Rich' and 'time poor' plans. A few guys I have shown the program to think its perhaps a little light on the training, but the be honest, its about as m...
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Is a wetsuit really necessary?

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Monday, November 4, 2013,
When I first signed up for Ironman, the thing that scared the crap out of me and really created a lot of doubt was the swim. I have worked really hard on my swimming over the last couple of months and have gone from barely being able to do 100m to now relatively comfortably being able to do 2500m without stopping.

But, to get back to the question posed as the title of this post, is a wetsuit really necessary? I would say yes, well at least for most of us mere mortals. Firstly, a wetsuit makes ...
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Taking the plunge - Ironman

Posted by Bryan Hamann on Monday, November 4, 2013,
At the end of July I signed up for my first Ironman. For those who have been following my site and articles for a while, you might think this a rather strange, as I have always very much been an advocate of weight training and short, high intensity workouts, and not a fan of endurance training.

But, truth be told, one needs to find a reason for why you are always working so hard - just working out to look good and be healthy as your sole motivators can get a little boring after a while. I’ve...
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