While training for a half Ironman I have become more familiar with how my body reacts but I’ve done something I’ve never done before: get specific. Drinking two liters of water a day; eating 5-6 small, high protein meals a day; finally, getting a good night’s sleep is putting my pajamas on 8:30pm so I can be in bed by 9:30pm. Anything less and my workouts suffer.
The most challenging aspect has been putting that formula into practice… Every. Single. Day. Meal prep in itself is a daily circus of Tupperware washing. The logistics behind this type of overanalyzed preparation is maddening and time consuming, but I recommend it.
This feeling extends beyond the physical. You’ll also notice that it helps you mentally and spiritually. Training for anything is not just about completing a tough workout; it’s that and having the mental stamina to keep going strong. When I have failed it’s been when I have not taken the time to prepare myself for success.
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Here are my top tips:
1. Make time in the weekend to do a big food shop and get your meals ready. If Monday and Tuesday meals are covered, you are more likely to eat healthy the rest of the week.
2. Buy a big water bottle. You will be more likely to drink your quota.
3. Create a cozy bedtime ritual. Like taking bubble baths? Love to read? Whatever the preference, make your space more inviting and it will attract you to it earlier.