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2016 Ironman Boot Camp

8 January 2016 No Comment

Next Tuesday morning at 4.30am we start our twelve day 2016 Ironman Boot Camp. As we have done in the previous Boot Camps, every day starts at 4.30am hail, rain or shine. Not 4.35, the gates of the pool will be locked at 4.31, as with previous Boot Camps, if you’re not prepared to make the effort to be there on time, or early you are missing one of the important aspects of the camp.

The greatest benefit to be gained by attending this camp will be psychological. The race we’re all preparing for in going to be a psychological test, more than a physical one. In the past athletes who, when answering a survey, attributed 70% of their performance to psychological factors, all finished at the front end of their categories. Those who felt it was 70% physical all finished in the second half of their categories.

Psychological improvements do not come from being treated like young princes and princesses. The changes come about by you being tested under pressure. Handling the unexpected as it arises. Those of you attending the camp are asked to arrive each day with whatever equipment you need to swim, cycle or run. Training bikes for each day until the final day time trial on Sunday 24th.

I want each athlete to arrive with the same mindset a Navy Seal trainee has when he arrives at Coronado for his first taste of Seal training. They’ll be there for seven weeks for the first stage, our camp is only twelve days. Arrive with the mindset of someone who is going to handle whatever comes up. The race we train for is full of unexpected little things that arise through your day, and how you handle these unexpected events determines your outcome.

As the coach my goal is not to break you, but to expose you to enough unexpected experiences to have you face your “A” race of this season in the best possible mental state. If you handle all of the tests in the twelve days you’ll be eligible for the 2016 Boot Camp shirt. In the Navy Seal training camp they have a bell, at any time if a recruit cannot take any more and wants to pull out, he places his helmet at the base and rings the bell. He’s then free to walk away, but he’ll never be a Seal. The drop out rate is quite high, don’t consider ringing the bell, you’ll regret it.

You will not be asked to do anything that you’re not physically capable of. You will be tested mentally. I’ve been asked for a outline of what we’ll be doing each day. Life doesn’t give you an outline of what to expect, you simply handle it as it comes along. The Ironman race is like a lifetime of challenges crammed into one day. Those of you lining up for your first Ironman this year should be expecting “anything to happen”, like the catch phrase from IMOZ last year, “Anything is possible”.

We will be starting every day with core work. We will be swimming every day at some stage. Most days will be 4hrs or less. You will need to fuel yourselves well, this skill will be valuable as you train on for your Ironman. There will be time trials involved and you’ll be tired, all I expect is the best you have at the time.

Before the Navy Seals are able to advance into their 3 x 7 week training blocks, they have to go through prep school.

The Prep School ends with a modified Physical Screening Test. The test is a 1000 – yard swim, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and a four-mile run.

The minimum standards for this expanded test are as follows:

1000-yard swim – with fins (20 minutes or under)

Push-ups: at least 70 (two-minute time limit)

Pull-ups: at least 10 (two-minute time limit)

Curl-ups: at least 60 (two-minute time limit)

Four-mile run – with shoes + pants (31 minutes or under)

How many of our squad could handle this test right now ?


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