Exactly what does an Ultraman entail ? 

 It’s a crazy-distance event held over three days – Day 1 being a 10km swim and 145km bike, Day 2 a 274km bike and Day 3 a double marathon (84km of running). 
 
Any particular reason why you chose Ultraman ?
The distances and times just seemed ridiculous and completely out of my comfort zone – but that was probably the appeal.  I’m lucky enough that my folks live in Noosa, and I really liked the idea of doing a race and still spend time with my puppies at the end of the day.  
 
So how many weeks training did you do to specifically to train for this event ? And on Average hour many hours per week ?
20 weeks, at an average of 15 hours per week.  
 
To do all that training you must have your recovery nailed to a tee . What are your key recovery strategies ? 
#1 is diet, as I eat a whole-food, plant-based (vegan) diet.  #2 is sleep – trying to get a good quantity of (high quality) sleep.  #3 is body maintenance, with massage and my fancy Recovery Systems pants.   
 
Being a Vegan ,  can you give us an example of what you’d eat on a typical training day ? 
After waking up (pre-training), I’ll have a couple medjool dates.  After training (like a swim squad or Kickr session), I’ll have a smoothie (typically kale, frozen berries, bananas, hemp protein powder, LSA, and whatever other fruit I might have to hand).  After I walk my dogs (before work), I’ll typically have something like a porridge (with oats, quinoa, walnuts, goji berries, shredded coconut, cinnamon, agave nectar, etc).   For mid-morning and afternoon snacks, I’ll have something like a home-made chia seed pudding or smoothie from home.  Lunch is a pretty massive salad, with an assortment of whatever salad-type stuff along with some high protein ingredients like tofu, beans, or lentils.   Dinner is typically something like a pasta, rice-based dish, laksa, etc - invariably with plenty of veggies, etc.    During the day, I’ll also ‘graze’ on more fruit.  
 
Favourite dare2tri product and why ?
The Mach4 wetsuit – seriously fast and comfy.  
 
3 things you cant live without ?
My puppies. My family.  Close friends.
 
Favourite training destination ?
Noosa.  
 
Most memorable race ?
Ultraman.
 
Favorite training session ?
Any run through the Noosa National Park.
 
So whats the next event for you ?
Olympic distance race in Townsville in August.  
 
Any tips for other triathletes ?  
The #1 mistake I think most make is that they train too hard – with too much intensity.   The vast majority of my training is ‘aerobic’ (slow-ish), which (at least for me) works well.    The #2 mistake is poor diet – a lot of highly processed foods.  I know going plant-based has made me a lot fitter, faster and stronger.   
 

You can read more about Brad on his webpage .

http://bigdealtri.com/read/ultramanoz2017