In August I will be racing my first Half Ironman.
This endurance event is comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run.
I could not be more excited to test my mettle in this fashion. This endeavor will be a culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication. Although I am a former division 1 runner and have competed in numerous triathlons over the past few years, this is by far my most daunting physical undertaking.
The race is a few weeks away and my training is becoming more and more grueling with every day. Finding the time and mustering the energy to train three different disciplines while working a full-time job and finishing my master’s degree is becoming a tough balancing act.
But like many of you, I shine my brightest when staring a challenge in the face.
Train Hard, Recover Harder
My training is ramping up in a big way. Not only the frequency in which I train, but the effort I exert and the duration of the sessions. Aside from a dedicated rest day, my week is jam packed with training obligations that I have methodically scheduled. Sometimes I train two separate times a day while others I combine the training of two disciplines into a single session; this is called a brick. A brick workout involves training in one discipline, straight into another, with no significant gap or rest period in between.
Training hard is key, but real improvements as a result of training only come to fruition as a result of proper recovery.
When I am not out training, I am trying to maximizing my recovery efforts. To name a few tactics, my recovery protocol entails a minimum of 8.5 hours of sleep a day, ice baths, mobility sessions, and a hyper-focused approach to nutrition and supplementation.
Powered by deltaG
Remember the Energizer Bunny? That pink rabbit is powered by Energizer batteries which supercharges him to race around in his flip-flops and bang his drum for hours on end.
Think of me as a variation of the Energizer Bunny. The key difference is I am powered by deltaG, the Oxford Ketone Ester.
The Oxford Ketone Ester has proven invaluable to my training and recovery efforts. Utilizing TdeltaS’s range of deltaG products, I am able to train and recovery better than ever before. The Oxford Ketone Ester has been scientifically proven to increase endurance exercise capacity and improve recovery.
Studies aside, the effects and associated benefits are tangible. More so than anything else I have ever incorporated into my training and recovery protocols.
The Road Ahead
The past 12 weeks have tested me both mentally and physically. I have a lot of hard work to put in to accomplishing my goal of completing this race in the time I have set for myself. You will have to keep reading this series if you want to find out what time I am shooting for.
When thinking about all of the protocols I am deploying in preparation for this race, the Oxford Ketone Ester brings me the most comfort. I truly believe it will be a driving force in helping me accomplish this goal.
I look forward to updating you throughout my journey. Specifically, how I am using deltaG to train for each of the three disciplines. How I use the Oxford Ketone Ester greatly varies depending on whether I am swimming, biking, or running.
Jarret Ross, 27, is a risk management professional by day and a fitness and longevity enthusiast by night. As a former NCAA Division I cross country runner and current triathlete, he strives to impart his knowledge and passion for optimizing human performance through a combination of research and anecdotal experiences.