Impressions and Recovery x IRONMAN 70.3
Ironman 70.3 is over for this year. Congratulations to our MyFitness’ individual competitors and teams for successfully completing the triathlon! It was an exciting journey to achieve the set goals. Now let’s take a look at this experience and recovery from it.
Let’s take a closer look at how the triathlon went.
Our teams’ emotions were flying high. “Emotions are generally good, the event itself was super cool and I am very pleased with the team. There were a lot of fans along the track and that made the run even more enjoyable,” shares Kristjan. He adds: “I have mixed feelings about the run itself. On the one hand, I’m glad that I was able to start and pass the track relatively we. On the other hand, it’s always a bit disappointing when you fail to achieve the goal you set for yourself. You have to use it as motivation to work even harder and then try again.”
“Emotions are very diverse. Ironman is a huge and inspiring event. I am very happy to have been a part of it for the second year. However, swimming seems like such a small part of the Ironman distance. I’ve competed twice as a team member, but the thought of going through it individually haunts my heart. I don’t want to make empty promises, but we’ll see. Maybe next time I will be able to take on this challenge on a larger scale,” Laura-Lotte shares her thoughts.
Now, let’s hear from Marta,who joined the team at the last moment: “Considering my personal result, I’m not satisfied. The event itself was an unforgettable experiencefor me; you can learn so much from it and make adjustments for the next time. If I think about the race day in general, I did very well and enjoyed the day.”
Experienced Marek talks about his participation: “The feeling is okay. I have participated more than a ten times already, so it was like any other race. Compared to last year, everything went just as well, and the check-in time was the same.”
How did our individual competitors finish?
Trainer Maigi shares the impressions of her first experience: “The feeling is just great! I am so happy and satisfied. I am very proud to complete this competition. I promised I would enjoy the race and I did!”
“When I got to the changing area after the swim, I was smiling and in a great mood. I was swimming breaststroke, but the time was still pretty good. Over the past three months, I’ve grown to like the bike, and it was very pleasant for me to ride it amid all this happy commotion. Even the headwind did not interfere. I only hoped from the bottom of my heart that the bike won’t let me down and I will get to the running track calmly and without worries. It almost happened like that, and for most of the race, I was smiling from ear to ear, wondering if I was really that close to fulfilling my dream. Crossing the finish line is still a very proud and amazing feeling!” Maigi rejoices.
Anastasia, who completed the Ironman 70.3 for the second time, says of her challenging experience: “Compared to last year, the experience was completely different. Physically, the whole distance was more difficult, although in terms of preparation I felt like I was in better physical shape than last year. I came close to giving up several times. When I realized that I would not show the desired time, I lost all will to continue. Just covering this distance was not enough for me. However, the support of my family and friends helped me finish the distance.”
I will not hide that I was disappointed and cried when I got home.
Anastasia shares her own emotions: “I felt good the day after the competition. The muscles were sore, but nothing too bad. Emotions are mixed. I realized that a very small percentage of people are even capable of completing an Ironman. But the final result was too far from my goal. I will not hide that I was disappointed and cried when I got home.”
What challenges did you have to overcome on the track?
“Psychologically it was even more difficult because the body is still capable even when you are extremely tired. What you say to yourself in your head is a game changer. It was difficult for me to keep myself on the right track, to support myself and justify why I am doing this,” admits Anastasia.
Laura-Lotte shares the comparison with last year: “I feel good; it was a nice to see the progress in swimming compared to last year. Everything went well for me. Despite the logical route, I still find it difficult to keep the direction. Fortunately, this year I was able to swim much straighter than the year before. I was also consciously more aware of where I was swimming.”
“Fortunately, the injury did not make itself felt and did not interfere with the run, which I am very happy about. It shows that the recovery went well and I have done it right. From now on, only stronger!” says Kristjan with satisfaction.
How is the recovery of the participants?
”Immediately after the race, I did a thorough stretch and rolled in the MyFitness tent. I ate well and rested. The next day I could feel in my legs that something was done but, fortunately, it was nothing to worry about,” says Maigi about her recovery.
I spent the first few days very calmly, doing nothing and letting my body rest.
Trainer Anastasia is more relaxed about recovery, she plans her recovery as follows: “I took a few days off. I will definitely go for a massage. I would love to go for a light recovery run, but I had a minor injury during the race, so it’s not that easy. Soon I will start strength training again, and also continue to do yoga and swimming.”
“I took the day after the competition to recover and rest. I went to play disc golf to allow my legs to move a bit. The very next day I continued running, so that maybe this year I can run another half marathon in the fall,” hints Kristjan.
In addition to Kristjan and Polina from the MyFitness Sunnyside team, Marta is also considering putting on running shoes again this year: “I spent the first few days very easy, doing nothing and giving my body a break. Now I continue training for the half-marathon at the Tallinn Marathon.”
In general: all’s well that ends well. See you next year!
MyFitness trainers did great and are ready for new challenges. Supporting each other along the way provides a pleasant energy. A healthy lifestyle gives strength and keeps the spirit high! In this year’s Ironman 70.3 triathlon, we also saw that the human body is capable of anything. What is your next challenge?
What could be done differently in preparation for a triathlon?
In addition to this competition, we are honoured to talk about things that could have been done differently during the preparation period. We share with you a small summary of what our trainers Indrek and Pjotr would have done differently at the beginning:
- With today’s technology, the structure of the training process is the easiest part. It’s much harder to stick to a plan and avoid overtraining.
- Pre-competition nerves are easy to manage, especially when the training becomes routine and there are different opportunities and distances to cover. At a certain point, it can turn into a pleasant excitement and instead you will begin to focus on other things.
- In order for the positive effect to appear already in the early training period, it is recommended to add more strength training to the program.
- We have very changeable weather, and you need to be ready to train regardless of the weather conditions. In the event of heavy rain, cycling on the road or outdoor swimming may be interrupted. To avoid this, for example, you can adjust the bike stand so that the needed training load can also be achieved indoors.
- The greatest lesson that can be taught is time. Always prefer professional work as time is always limited. Start your preparation as early as possible. Look after your muscles, watch your diet, don’t make drastic changes in your training process, and maintain discipline.