Ironman Expert Gives Yourwellness Magazine His Top Tips

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With the 2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon coming up in Kona, Hawaii, in October, Yourwellness Magazine was granted exclusive access to Rhys Chong, author of First Time Ironman, who gave his tips for success.

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I pondered for 10 years about entering the Ironman, but my fear of not being good enough proved to be a great mental block. I remember the day I made the decision to overcome my fear.

The Ironman is a 3.86km swim, 180.25km bike ride and a marathon raced in that order without a break. In October, the 2013 Ironman World Championship Triathlon will take place in Kona, Hawaii, and with that in mind, Yourwellness Magazine turned to Rhys Chong, author of First Time Ironman, for his advice on completing the monumental task.

For Rhys, taking part in the Ironman wasn’t a decision he made lightly. “I pondered for 10 years about entering the Ironman, but my fear of not being good enough proved to be a great mental block. I remember the day I made the decision to overcome my fear. It took one second and started an incredible journey all the way to the finish line of the Switzerland Ironman.”

Rhys told Yourwellness Magazine how he has since gone on to encourage, empower and assist other first time Ironman athletes to complete the greatest achievement of their lives. He noted that the challenge is more than one of physical ability or endurance, but also of forming new lifestyle habits, mental strength and beliefs that changed Rhys’ life forever.

Rhys also gave Yourwellness Magazine his five main tips for successfully racing an Ironman:
1.    Making the decision. Entering the race is an important step, and allows everything else to fall into place.
2.    Team is everything. When things really matter, humans are better than machines for training. A team of coaches is like a family that offers flexibility and support when it is needed most.
3.    Family, friends and charity. On the day of the race, having family and friends there for support can provide much-needed fun and motivation, whilst racing for a good cause can be an inspiration for the Ironman and those at home who couldn’t be involved on the race day.
4.    Passion. Talk to other triathletes, buy good quality equipment and be disciplined in training. Capture the race in photos and on video.
5.    Visualisation. Work with a mental conditioning coach and visualise the entire race. Work on any problems that might come up in advance.

First Time Ironman is available via http://www.physical-edge.com.

To find out more, visit the gate way to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com or read the latest magazine online at http://latestissue.yourwellness.com.

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