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 ?
Most memorable race ?
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 .