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2010-10-27 2:19 PM

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Subject: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
After completing my first ironman in September, I'm soo pumped to continue on this journey and continue to race and improve. While I was relatively focused with my training this past year, I was also working 60-80 hours per week, commuting to New York half the time (from Chicago), and was trying to sell my house on top of training and keeping up with life. So, I know I could have trained more and/or differently, and most of all, I could have cared about my diet - I definitely ate whatever was convenient given my time constraints.

This offseason, my plan is to really focus on my diet and take on somewhat of a structured off season plan - maybe add coaching next year.

So my question is, what "lifestyle" change did you make that benefitted your training/performance?


2010-10-27 7:17 PM
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None, unless trying to be more happy counts.
2010-10-27 7:22 PM
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1stTimeTri - 2010-10-27 6:17 PM

None, unless trying to be more happy counts.


...and married/in a relationship.
2010-10-27 7:24 PM
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bryancd - 2010-10-27 7:22 PM
1stTimeTri - 2010-10-27 6:17 PM None, unless trying to be more happy counts.
...and married/in a relationship.


Wait!  Was the OP talking about THAT kind of relationship?  Oh, I am so naive.  
2010-10-27 7:59 PM
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Subject: RE: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
It took a while for me to think of this, but I would say learning that there is no "off season". While focus shifts it is very important to stay consistent through the year.
2010-10-28 9:07 AM
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Subject: RE: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
Diet.
Also being more firm with making my workouts a priority.

Training with others was probably the thing that really took me to the next level, but it occurred at the same time as the diet changes, so it's tough to tell.


2010-10-28 9:51 AM
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Sleep.  I made sleeping a top priority this year and have remained injury free.  That means letting go of my social life and turning off the tv.  For the year, I am averaging just short of 8 hours each night (i have tracked over 50% nights).  That is a solid 60-90 minutes more than I used to sleep.  And I feel MUCH better. 
2010-10-28 10:01 AM
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Subject: RE: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
unlike the previous poster I get less sleep.  But that's not to improve my performance...more out of necessity.  Wife, 2-kids, job, life is busy. 
2010-10-28 11:21 AM
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All nutrition.  I have always loved food and nutrition, but it has become really important to me in IM training.
2010-10-28 11:32 AM
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I 'stepped down' last year at work from mid-management to purchasing. 8 hours a day. 40 hours a week.

I am very fortunate I was able to financially make a choice based on my happiness.
2010-10-28 11:44 AM
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In order to improve your self you will have to train harder and longer and that depends how far you willing to go or can (husband, kids, job). Getting a plan or working with a coach will definitaly will improve your performance. Couple years ago I wanted to do a HIM less then 5 hours, and for that I knew I will have to push my self so the first thing I did is asking for my wife permission, I was working a long hours so my training was early in the morning and late evening it wasn't easy but I was committed, I did reach for my goals but after that I was all for the family.
I will also suggest you to set goal (race and time that you will want to do it), it will be much easier then training without one.

Good luck.





2010-10-28 12:03 PM
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Gave up foods with processed sugar.  I can tell a difference in my energy level and just feel better in general.  Weight is slowing coming off also.
2010-10-28 12:09 PM
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I gave up my "night life"

One addiction (multiple actually...) for another
2010-10-28 2:31 PM
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bryancd - 2010-10-27 8:22 PM
1stTimeTri - 2010-10-27 6:17 PM None, unless trying to be more happy counts.
...and married/in a relationship.


I got divorced...
2010-10-28 2:36 PM
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camaleon - 2010-10-28 1:31 PM

bryancd - 2010-10-27 8:22 PM
1stTimeTri - 2010-10-27 6:17 PM None, unless trying to be more happy counts.
...and married/in a relationship.


I got divorced...


That's Kona qualifying training right there!
2010-10-28 3:32 PM
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Subject: RE: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
Eat more pizza with the wife!  Trying to convince her that 2x/day is great for my training.



2010-10-28 4:28 PM
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For me, trying to get enough sleep. My performance really suffers otherwise, for work, training, and pizza.

Luckily, I have fairly flexible work, so most of the time this works well. 
2010-10-28 8:41 PM
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 lose 10lbs for this season which means no more BLT's (bites, licks,tastes) and watching portions. 

N??o drinking, no late nights all that stopped with Ironman training anyways.
2010-10-29 4:50 PM
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Diet, cut out all the fast food, now more fried food, a lot less red meat, lots of chicken,turkey and  venison (Bambi is lowfat red meat) vegies and fruit as snacks. Still losing weight, Sleep..big one there, used to go to bed after 11pm at night, now I rarely see 9.30pm before I hit the sack, oh yes and did I mention the 4.30am wake ups for the early morning swim?
2010-10-29 10:12 PM
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Subject: RE: What "lifestyle" change have you made to improve your performance?
Leegoocrap - 2010-10-28 12:09 PM I gave up my "night life"


You and me both.  I'm now waking up around the time some friends are going to bed.
2010-10-30 8:46 PM
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I am also realizing there is no "off season" ... 300 days till the next Ironman and I'm already working towards going into it super strong on the bike...other years I have let fitness go until Jan and then tried to regain it all...this time I'll spend the next 2 months working my derriere off in spin class, doing road miles when possible, working the running such that I can "race" the half mary in May and start back to swimming, too(had to put it on hold for a bit from a ruptured ear drum following a face kick at the Ironman start this year).
If I can wrap my head around "no off season"...I know I will go in strong...


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