Monday, February 1, 2016

Brady DeHoust

Ironman Lake Placid

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Adjusting on Race Day

When the canon fires on race day, there’s a plan in place that is assembled through months of training.

Unfortunately, there can be, and often are, hiccups in the plan.

Ironman Los Cabos

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Here, we profile Ironman Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Travel and Accommodations
Los Cabos is located on the far southerly side of the Baja peninsula. After flying into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), there’s a short 15-minute drive on the local toll road (which accepts USD for the toll) to get to San Jose del Cabo, where the race host hotels and expo are located. You’ll need an up to date passport if traveling internationally. Many U.S. flights route through Dallas Fort Worth on American Airlines. On the return trip, allow plenty of extra time at the SJD airport when traveling with a bike.

Los Cabos is a resort destination accommodating travelers and tourists year-around, so there are many options when planning your lodging. The race website lists many hotel options that offer discounted room rates if booked far enough in advance. The Hola Grand Faro all-inclusive resort was the main host hotel for the inaugural race in 2013, hosting all the expo and registration activities. However, there are endless options of other places to stay depending on your budget and size requirements. The Westin resort, approximately three miles from the center of Los Cabos, is oceanfront and offers excellent service and an awesome dinner buffet that has a different “theme” each night. If you prefer to hang at your lodging for meals, this is the place to stay.

Pre-Race Workouts

Purposeful Eating

Over the past 10 years, the eating habits I’ve adopted have come in very small pieces. If I think about how I ate 10 years ago versus how I eat now, the major difference would be the purpose of the food I’m putting in my mouth.

Let it Go

For the vast majority of us who have moved on to indoor rides, trail running, and sledding with the kids as “active recovery,” this period -- right now and for the next few months -- could very well be the most important period to the success of your 2014 season.

Understanding Perceived Fatigue

Most of us have heard of “Rate of Perceived Effort” (RPE or PE). A solid understanding of your own PE is an underlying advantage in the ability to train and race. But do you understand your Perceived Fatigue?

Don't Think Too Much

It’s the night before the big race. Dinner is done, you’ve had some downtime, and now you’re climbing into bed a little earlier than your normal bedtime to try and squeeze in a few uninterrupted hours of sleep. You stare at the alarm clock, think and adjust the minutes of the hour you plan to rise. You start at 4:15 a.m., then adjust the time to 4:20 thinking that those extra five minutes are going to give you that extra rest you need to set a PR. After a few minutes of lights out, you rise again to adjust the clock back to 4:14 because that just sounds better and you don’t want to be rushed and it’ll give you that important six minutes.

Expect or Accept

In our house, the “expect” word is comparable to saying “never” or “always” -- anytime those words come flying, it’s generally negative and usually prefaced by “You.” When, “You never... “ or “You always… “ comes flying, it’s predominantly in a negative sense and in the midst of less than desirable conversation (read: arguing!).

“Expect” follows close behind. Expectations can be dangerous and usually prompt disappointment. If I expect my son to sit still in his chair through the entire course of dinner, I’m setting myself up for disappointment, because 10 times out of 10, he won’t.

Find Your Motivator

What are your dreams?

If you love what you do, motivation comes easy. I love the training; the races are just small celebrations of the hard work and consistency in training. When races fall off the near-term calendar, all that’s lost are the celebrations, but the love of training remains the same and the motivation as fuel and inspiration to reach dreams never dies.

Challenge Your Strengths

I’d bet that most who are on this site reading this article are highly motivated athletes who enjoy the process of learning a little everyday. Many of us are into the off-season (or what I think is better termed “dim-season,” because we’re never really “off”). The standard protocol is to reflect back on the year and find what needs to be improved to make you better, faster and stronger for the coming season(s).

Should the focus shift to…
Improve a weakness?
Make your strength stronger?

How about both?

A Broader Perspective on the Past Year

When we look back and reflect on the season, the practice usually encompasses jotting down a list of what worked, what did not work, what training you enjoyed, and what training you forced yourself to get through. We may analyze every number all the nifty gadgets and testing told us about our fitness, and adjust our training so the coming season will result in better execution and less injury or training burnout.

When I look back, the lessons of my year are deeper than anything to do with training, racing, and coaching. In actuality, while it’s a “deeper” lesson, it’s much broader in perspective.

Speak Up

Many of us carved out most of the day on October 13 to sit in front of a computer and watch the best compete against the best in the Ironman World Championships. I’m certain that the thoughts and dreams were magnified watching the actual event unfold on that magical island and the pinnacle of our sport. Thoughts and questions rang loud: “I wish I could race there,” “Next year is my year,” “What do I need to do to get to Kona?”

Balancing Life, Not Triathlon

Does your life function inside the bubble of the triathlon world or does triathlon fit inside the bubble of your life?

Stripping away everything-triathlon from my world, I’m a husband, father, full-time IT professional, coach, friend, son and brother. If I tried to squeeze and balance those components of my life inside a world dictated by triathlon, I’d lose and my bubble would pop. Triathlon only fits when there’s balance amongst those things that weigh heavier in importance.

Get Organized for Race Week

A good friend always sends me the same email the Monday before the following weekend’s big event: “It’s race week!” Race week can and should be exciting. The hard work is done and the only thing really left to do is press “play.” However, making race week what it should takes preparation and planning prior to the actual race week. I like to think about not having to think during race week.