I have to admit, Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Training & Racing is probably one of my favorite distance to do. Why? It is a reasonable distance, you are done by 12 or 1, with training and racing, and you can work on speed too!

So many athletes ask me how to get faster? By going shorter. Think of sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. How do you get faster in an Ironman? By going more quickly in an Ironman 70.3 Triathlon? It is all about building your speed up for more extended periods. If you can’t go fast in a sprint and an Olympic, then you can’t go fast in an Ironman. Does that make sense? One of the best things I did was step away from the Ironman world for summer and focused on speed. Bam, podium the first time in an Ironman Triathlon at IM Florida in 2016.

Since I do LOVE the Ironman 70.3 distance, I started thinking about how to help you with your race. So I came up with four ways to help you out!

Four Tips for Doing YOUR Ironman 70.3 Triathlon:

Swim Start – Athletes will ask me where they should seed themselves for the swim. That is SUCH a tough question, but my suggestion is,

“Where you feel comfortable TODAY!”

Huh? For example, A LOT of athletes will place themselves in a better position than they think they are. For instance, I have seen “slower” swimmers, start in the front, because they want to get ahead, but I have seen “faster” swimmers begin in the back because they don’t have the confidence in open water.

My suggestion would be to figure out where you are comfortable: front, middle, back, or left, center, or right. Now, place yourself 1 – 2 rows of where you think you should start. I would rather have you in a better position than going around slower people. It’s true because everyone else is doing that same thing!

Be Realistic on Your Cycling/Running Pace – If you want to “clock” a ________ for your 13.1 Marathon in your 70.3 Ironman, make sure you can run that _________ pace during your training.

The same thing goes for the bike: If you can’t bike 20 mph for 40 miles for a training ride, you probably can’t do that for the 56 miles. #truthbomb

For example, I have heard athletes talk about wanting to clock a 1:40 half marathon in their 70.3, but they have NEVER run a 7:37/mile pace for 13.1 miles on a standalone training program.

Jen Rulon - Ironman - 70.3

Adjust Your Nutrition If You Need Too – You have your nutrition all planned out for the IM 70.3, but something doesn’t’ feel right, or it is warm or tastes terrible, etc.

ADJUST YOUR NUTRITION during the RACE!

And that is OK to do so. Why? Something isn’t working. Figure it out NOW for a 70.3 versus an Ironman Triathlon. And if that doesn’t sit well, try something else during the race. Figuring out your nutrition now for a race will be KEY for your races coming up!

Start Training Yourself for Mental Preparation NOW – We swim, bike, run, and lift BUT I genuinely feel that we don’t take the time to start working on “Mental Imagery” or “Positive Self-Talk” until we are actually out on the race course. For example, think about crossing that finish line 45 days out from the actual race, versus 45 miles into the bike on race day. Start using positive self-talk on your long swims, bikes, and runs. Why? You are going to need that during the race itself. We need to practice the mental aspect just like we do with the physical aspect; we go through SO MANY emotions during racing, so it is time to practice it during training. Need more Mindset Training? Click HERE from last weeks blog!

Veteran Triathletes, do you have any tips to share for new  Ironman 70.3 Triathletes?  I think we ALL have ideas, tips, and tricks. Let’s share them below.

AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I’m Jen Rulon, A Triathlon Coach And A Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching USA Triathlon Level 1 for 16+ years and I’ve received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlete coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. My knowledge has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Men’s Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach — I’m a 14x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

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