First Time Ironman

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Ecademy Press, Jul 17, 2012 - Business & Economics - 136 pages
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Learn how it is possible to stretch your limits and achieve the impossible as Rhys Chong reveals his personal experiences of training and racing in an Ironman Triathlon, despite only having a year to prepare. Completing an Ironman Triathlon is no mean feat. An Ironman means facing a 2.4-mile (3.86km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25km) bike and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2km) run, raced in that order without a break. What's more, most Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. So it's no wonder that with no prior training, Physiotherapist Rhys believed that he could never complete one. However, after training consistently for a year and working with a team of experienced professionals, Rhys eventually enjoyed the sweet success of crossing the finish line of his first Ironman in Switzerland in just 12 hours 55 seconds. To celebrate achieving this life ambition, Rhys has written First Time Ironman to provide a glimpse into the training required for an Ironman and to inspire people who may have similar sports ambitions, but are limited by their beliefs that they can succeed. Also, Rhys wants to encourage anyone facing a challenge in their life that by "having the guts to confront their fears and prepare for the unknown, they could be at the start of an incredible life-changing journey." Completing an Ironman is something you will ultimately face alone; however, the preparation is very much a team sport. "First Time Ironman" not only tells the experience like it is, but explores the support and expert guidance Rhys obtained to make an Ironman journey a happy, healthy, but most of all a memorable experience.
 

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Contents

The 10 year decision
1
Mental game
5
Coaches make it less effort and do
21
You can train anywhere
33
Structure of training
39
Trainingfinesse
45
Train the way you play
53
The athletic body
59
Healthy training
71
Equipment and technology for Ironman
79
ChApter11 Friends Family and supportinga charity
95
The Ironman race
103
Life changes after Ironman
113
You can do an Ironman with the right
117
The opportunity
119
About the author
121

photograph section
64

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38-year-old New Zealand born Rhys Chong trained in his home country as a physiotherapist, qualifying in 1995 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy 2 years later. In 1999, Rhys travelled to the UK for what was meant to be just two years, however has stayed ever since. He worked in various private practices for two years before taking up a management and development position within a leading Physiotherapy business in London for five years. In this role Rhys taught two day Physiotherapy courses around the UK and Norway. In 2008, Rhys set up his own Physiotherapy Practice in Fulham, London and moved to South Kensington, London in 2009 where he is still today.

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