Thursday Training Plan: Going from Taupo 70.3 to Ironman?

Ironman Taupo

“Training for excellence, with excellent training.”

When you cross the finish line of your Ironman NZ, you will have accomplished something very special. You will have completed Taupo 70.3 and stepped up and completed Ironman NZ.

Designed for Intermediate triathletes who are looking to complete Ironman NZ, the primary goal of this training plan is to continue to IMPROVE your fitness from where you were at for the 70.3. Continue reading “Thursday Training Plan: Going from Taupo 70.3 to Ironman?”

Thursday Training Plan: Did You Do IronMaori? Are You Stepping Up to Ironman?

Ironman Taupo

“Training for excellence, with excellent training.”

When you cross the finish line of your Ironman NZ, you will have accomplished something very special. You will have completed the modified IronMaori and stepped up and completed Ironman NZ.

Designed for Intermediate triathletes who are looking to complete Ironman NZ, the primary goal of this training plan is to continue to IMPROVE your fitness from where you were at for IronMaori. Continue reading “Thursday Training Plan: Did You Do IronMaori? Are You Stepping Up to Ironman?”

UltraHumps: The Training Continues

Hi blog followers and welcome to another weekly blog of my journey to the Cameron Brown Award and IronMaori / Port of Tauranga Legend Series.

This week has seen me training full time back in the good old outdoors which I love. Due to work commitments requiring me to head to Waiouru in the latter part of the week I had to get up extra early the day I left to make sure my training was done as Coach Ray had me upping the tempo for reps on the bike. I didn’t have space in the vehicle to take the bike with me so it was an early start.

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Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top Aussie AGer Sarah Watson

Ironman Training

Qwik Kiwi: Last year you had a very successful Invictus Games, however this year instead of being at the Invictus Games you are at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. What has your season been like since the Invictus Games in Toronto? Which event did you qualify at?

Sarah Watson: After Invictus Games in 2017, I set my sights on completing an Ironman in 2018. I found myself a coach (Colin Norris – Pro Triathlete in Team ITZU) and identified a IM70.3 and an Ironman race to sign up to and set about training under my coach’s guidance. I completed an Olympic distance race in April in Lanzarote and won my age group there much to my surprise. Six weeks later, I lined up for IM 70.3 Barcelona where I placed 4th in my age group. I didn’t qualify for the World Championships, however several weeks later Ironman contacted me asking if I would like to race at the IM World Championships in Port Elizabeth based on my finish time in my category.   I took them up on the offer! Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Top Aussie AGer Sarah Watson”

Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Simon Cochrane

Simon Cochrane
Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona as a Pro.  Your Instagram post from August that announced it was exciting to read. You’ve had a great 2018 season.  What do you think has lead to this being your breakthrough season?
 
Simon Cochrane: Thanks, it has been a great year. Steady progression over the last few seasons, and some solid consistent results helped get the Kona qualification. It all kicked off with a podium result in my first race of the season at Ironman Taiwan. If you didn’t race Kona the previous year, it makes it quite hard to get enough points to make the Top 50. You really need to perform at multiple races over the year to secure the slot, and I think that consistency is one of my strengths. 

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Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Mike Phillips

Kona

Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona as a pro for the first time.

Your season thus far has been pretty great with winning 70.3 Taupo, winning Challenge Melbourne and your 2nd place at IM Barcelona with a time comfortably under the 8 hour barrier. This combined with your 4th in Switzerland and 5th at IMNZ and some other good results in various Asian 70.3 events. What have been the highlights of the season for you personally?

Mike Phillips: Barcelona was the biggest highlight for me.  I had been in Europe training and racing for three months. I was in great shape, but Ironmans are tricky to get right and I was still very much a novice. I felt that day I really performed to the best of my ability.

Another highlight was Ironman Switzerland.  It was a last minute decision to race based on my current Kona points. I had just had a break from training and had four weeks to prepare for the race.  On the second day when I started back training, I crashed on a descent in Nice while out cycling. I did some damage to my hip and I was unable to run on it for more than 5km. I had to finish in the top 6 to qualify for Kona, so the pressure was on, but somehow I got the job done.  The marathon was very painful, but I held on to finish 4th. This was another day where I really got the best out of myself on the day. Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi Pro Mike Phillips”

Pre-Kona Qwik-View with Kiwi AGer Jess Barnes

Kona

Qwik Kiwi: Congrats on getting to Kona. Having coached you whilst you were at school and in your early university days, it’s a privilege to see how you’ve grown as an athlete and where you have got to now.

Jess Barnes: Thanks Ray, I really appreciate your support and guidance from when I was a triathlon Newbie. It’s really cool to look back and see how far I have come. 

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Pre-Kona Qwik View with Kiwi Pro Melanie Burke

Melanie Burke

Qwik Kiwi: Congratulations on qualifying for Kona as a Pro for the second time. It must have been a nail biting end to the qualifying process as you waited for results to come in from IM Hamburg.

You’ve managed to qualify and race at Kona as a Pro back in 2014. What has been different in your build up this time?

Melanie Burke: This time I’ve had a bit more of a build up having qualified in the first cut rather than the final. I also didn’t need to race as many IMs to qualify. I’ve been trying to do more swim training, and also have been doing a few indoor bike sessions on Zwift which I didn’t previously do. You can always rely on a good workout indoors! Continue reading “Pre-Kona Qwik View with Kiwi Pro Melanie Burke”

Thursday Training Plan: Ironman 70.3 Taupo

Ironman Taupo

“Training for excellence, with excellent training.”

When you cross the finish line of your Ironman 70.3 Taupo, you will have accomplished something very special.

Designed for Intermediate triathletes who are looking to complete Ironman 70.3 Taupo event faster than previously, the primary goal of this training plan is to prepare you to COMPLETE YOUR event FASTER than before. Continue reading “Thursday Training Plan: Ironman 70.3 Taupo”