Carry a bottle of water with you to expo/going for food etc – you control your hydration levels .. no one else
Stay away from alcohol as will dehydrate you more
Be aware that the heat will make you feel less hungry/inclined to eat – so do try to stick to fuelling strategy even if appetite is suppressed
Wear sun cap/sun glasses and sun blocker
Apply sun blocker the night before – will be one less thing to worry about in the morning (and hopefully the room service people understand 😉
In terms of equipment prep – add these to your bags/packing list – White or bright trisuit/race gear (black/dark gear tend to absorb heat more, sun block, salt tablets for T1/T2, shades for bike, spare socks & cap/visor for run and arm coolers if possible
Try to keep in the shade as much as possible pre race start e.g. in the transition tent, under a tree – today is NOT the day to top up the tan
Again have access to cold fluids as much as possible pre race start
T1 – take a little more time to apply sun blocker, hydrate
Bike – Drink before you feel thirsty and in regular small amounts (gulping can cause you GI issues and spill everything), know the aid stations and what they provide – swap out bottles as much as you can – should get cooler drinks and take a spare water to pour over your head to cool you down and the energy drinks to replace electrolytes
T1 – take a little more time to apply sun blocker, hydrate and put on fresh socks (the others will be sweaty and wet by now) – if you have a lot of white residue on your race gear – this indicates a lot of salt has been excreted by you – if so, consider taking a salt tablet (ideally you will have trialed this in your training – if not – use an energy drink to replace sodium in the form of electrolytes
Run – run in the shade when there is an option, again hydrate little and often (too much will make you “sloshy”) – know use the aid stations, energy drinks/flat coke for electrolytes, water to refresh/cool head/core body temp, if sponges on offer – push them down race gear and squeeze later on to release cooling water
What People Say
July 8, 2021
Followed the 70.3 training programme from Coach Steve on training peaks prior to competing in Tri X, advertised as the world’s toughest half iron. This was my first triathlon and I couldn’t of done it without the excellent training advice. Going into the race the fittest I have been in a very long time, taking 6th in my age group and 21st overall. Thanks Coach Steve, on to the next one!
I recently bought a half ironman plan and had some questions in relation to testing etc. The feedback I got was so swift and any query I’ve had relation to the training set were answered so quickly. It’s my first time training on my runs with HR and I’m loving it. A more structured approach is really working for me and having a coach to answer any questions is superb. an investment I should have done years go
Steve knows how to get results, he helped me get back on track after taking a bit of time out of Tri. He’s always there with a supportive word or kick up the ass as and when needed. Couldn’t recommend coach Steve more, knows his stuff and is an all-around nice guy!
I recently decided after completing a few marathons and the odd triathlon that I wanted to take on the challenge of a full Ironman. Knowing I needed a structured training programme I began to research the many training programmes available online and spoke to others who have previously done these events. The name that kept coming up was Steve Moody and Training Peaks. The variety of programmes, designed for all levels are second to none. Given the commitment and discipline required the programmes are not mundane, sessions are varied and really well constructed. However, above all else, having Steve’s input and help is the biggest benefit, along with his encouragement and reassurance he’s always just an email away and he always responds swiftly. Overall, although slightly daunted by the prospect of tackling my first Ironman I couldn’t be happier having Steve and Training Peaks helping me along the way. In a nutshell I couldn’t recommend Steve and Training Peaks highly enough.
I have worked with Steve from sprint races to 70.3 distance. Steve provides excellent planned out programmes and provides detailed feedback to ensure you are making progress and know your numbers for race day.
Coach Steve has incredible experience to deal the approach and training plan best suited for your goals. He will optimise the plan that works best along side your lifestyle. He is hands on and it’s this attention to detail that sets him above the rest. Highly recommend.
Coach Steve is awesome. If you are reading this review because you consider buying one of his plans then stop reading and just buy it now. And if you doubt which plan is right for you, just send him an email to ask for advice. I used his 36 weeks Beginners plan to train for my first Ironman, and everything went as smooth as can be. I got to the start line strong and confident, and to the finish line happy and still strong after a great run. Not enough space here for the praise he deserves!
I am using coach Steve's intermediate 20 week plan to prepare for this season. Every session is super easy to follow, when loaded into TrainingPeaks they sync with my watch which is great! If I do have a question I can email Steve, and he's always quick to respond with clarifications and encouragement :-). My power has increased on the bike, and I have PB'd a local 10k race already in the build up to the season. Highly recommend getting one of these plans. I am going get a70.3 plan next