Ever wonder what it takes to train like a professional triathlete? We checked in with Challenge Roth Winner, IRONMAN 70.3 & IRONMAN Champion James Cunnama to see just what it takes for him to stay at the top of his game. Read on for James’ daily play by play, and be sure to share your training photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #TrainLikeaTYRTriathlete!
JC: My days don’t usually follow a set pattern and no two look exactly the same. This is not just because I need to do a number of things to prepare for a triathlon, but also because I try to avoid mental staleness. The last thing I want is for my training to feel like “Groundhog day.” That being said, a “typical” day would normally start early with a coffee before a swim session. I will usually do anywhere from 3500-5500m. Depending on where we are at the time, this swim will either be with a squad or just Jodie and myself.
Side note- Did we mention James is one half of triathlon’s fastest couple?–That’s right, he’s engaged to fellow team TYR triathlete Jodie Swallow (and she is certainly one to keep up with!) A warrior in her own right, Jodie’s call-outs include Olympian, IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Champion.
JC: Following the day’s first workout we’d typically eat breakfast either at home or a coffee shop before hopping online to do a few hours of administrative work (answering emails, booking tickets, entering races etc.)
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JC: After catching up on the computer, I’ll head out for my second session of the day. This workout tends to vary. It could be a ride of anywhere from 2-5 hours long or a run session. Once I am done, I make my way back home for lunch and if I have the time, a short nap. (I don’t seem to get to this nearly as often as I’d like!)
Evening Game Plan
JC: Once Jodie and I have completed our training for the day, it’s time to relax. Typically we will cook an early dinner and get into bed by 9:00 p.m. It’s important to rest so that I have enough energy to do it all again the next day!
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#Repost @32gi with @repostapp ・・・ The Iron couple Jodie Swallow and James Cunnama both taking podiums at Ironman 70.3 Sweden. James took 3rd overall and then escorted his fiancée down the red carpet for her win. Soon the carpet will be leading to wedding vows but the red carpets make for some good practice #triathlon #ironmansweden #jodieswallow #jamescunnama #bahrainendurance13 #32Gi #fuelledby32Gi #endure #race #recover #repeat #32gisportsnutrition
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He may be young, but right now, Ben Kanute is on the top of the world. Prior to big finishes at the 2015 WTS Grand Final Chicago, 2015 WTS Auckland and 2014 Tongyeong World Cup, Kanute earned recognition as both a USAT Youth & Junior National Champion. Today, he’s taking his career to new heights, and we can’t be more pumped to see what he can do.
To learn more about team TYR triathlete Ben Kanute, read on below!
World Champions. So proud of my teammates who smashed it today. The #MixedRelay has been my favorite event for years, and to win it all today is amazing. Never been more honored to wear the Stars and Stripes and hold the American Flag than with these three #America ?:@tzaferes
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Whether you’ve watched her dominate triathlon’s most competitive races or have recently caught a glimpse of her spread in ELLE Magazine, Sarah True has got the whole world on lock. As an Olympian and 3x ITU World Championships Medalist Sarah is no stranger to the limelight, but since she is also a beloved member of the team TYR family, we figured we’d take a shot at giving fans some all access info on her life outside of the sport. To find out more about one of triathlon’s most decorated superstars, read on below.
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With Father’s Day right around the corner, we figured we’d check in with one of our #TeamTYR dads to get the inside scoop on what he loves most about this very special holiday. From his best-loved TYR products to his favorite food traditions, read on to hear how this IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion celebrates!
First things first, what is your all-time favorite Father’s Day meal?
AP: We always enjoy a double-batch of chocolate chip pancakes as a family.
How do you celebrate together?
AP: After our pancake breakfast, we typically head over to the pool for a relaxing day together. I tend to stay in the shade, but I’m always close enough to hear the laughter.
Now let’s get to the gifts! What are some TYR products you always look forward to opening on Father’s Day?
AP: When it comes to swimwear I love the Echelon print. If we’re talking about product my favorite goggles are definitely the Stealth (in smoke) and my favorite piece of training equipment is the Ultralite snorkel 2.0. The breathing restrictor really gets those lungs working!
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With extraordinary first place finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse, IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman, IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador and most recently, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix, it is safe to say Lauren Goss is a star on the rise. And if you ask us, she’s only getting started. Read on to check out our exclusive interview with this awesome team TYR athlete below.
What most excites you about joining #TeamTYR?
This will be my fourth season with TYR, and above all else, I am a huge believer in their products. The apparel and equipment are not only comfortable, but they’re also functional and fast. I also love how TYR works hand-in-hand with their athletes to create prints and styles that reflect our needs and preferences.
What’s your favorite TYR Suit style and print?
At the moment, I really love my TYReco Solid Swimsuit. The material doesn’t stretch out and the suit itself is extremely comfortable. In terms of prints, I think my hands-down, all time favorite is the Supersonic Diamondfit in multi.
On a typical day, what would we find in your training bag?
Well, I usually do three workouts a day. I use the Apex backpack when I go to the gym. For swimming I will have a swimsuit (currently TYReco in red), Crossblade Training Fins, Catalyst Training Paddles, a Clemson University Graphic Swim Cap, Velocity Mirrored Goggles, a Classic Pull Float, a band made out of an old bike tube, a water bottle with First Endurance EFS PRO and Endurance Shield sunscreen. I will also have a set of clothes for a strength session in the gym, some HOKA ONE ONE Claytons, Keihls Moisturizer and my iPod. If I have a run to do then I will also pack an almond butter sandwich on Udi’s bread.
Tell us five things most people don’t know about you:
- I didn’t compete in any sport in college.
- I got my first bike when I was 21.
- I love enjoying a nice glass of red wine after a long day of training.
- I grew up playing softball, basketball and swimming.
- I hate the breaststroke.
With the pressure of competition we know that motivation is everything. What are some words you live by to keep you feeling at the top of your game?
When I am feeling sorry for myself and unmotivated I step back and remember how fortunate I am to be healthy both physically and mentally and to be on a platform where I can inspire other people to be active.
What’s your go to breakfast choice?
I love Udi’s toast with avocado, cholula and a little bit of salt and pepper.
What would you consider your greatest athletic accomplishment to date?
I won six races in 2015, and I am very proud of my consistency throughout the season even with the added pressure to win.
What about your greatest personal accomplishment?
I started triathlon as a hobby without ever being an elite athlete. I never thought I would be able to make a career out of it and to have an impact on other people wanting to get into sport is really humbling.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
The Bachelorette. Who wouldn’t want to be on that show?!
What are some of your hobbies when you aren’t training?
I like to go on hikes, explore new recipes, try new wines, vacuum my house obsessively and try to spend time with family.
What is your most memorable race to date?
Beijing International Triathlon. It was my biggest win and happened at a time that I was struggling personally.
What three words best describe you as a competitor?
Fearless, driven and patient.
What three words best describe you as a person?
Genuine, honest and sarcastic.
If you weren’t a triathlete what would you be doing?
I would have gone to Physician Assistant school and probably be living in Charleston, SC.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I would like to continue working in the endurance sport world, either in marketing or as an agent for a team. I would also enjoy having a kid at some point, and hopefully getting married!
What advice would you give to a young aspiring triathlete?
Always love yourself no matter what other people say. If you work hard and give it everything you have, then you should be happy no matter what the result is.
Team TYR is headed to the Big Island for the 2015 Ironman World Championship. With only a few days before we ship out, we’re preparing for some hard work and of course, a little bit of fun in the sun. Want to see what we’re bringing with us? Check out our packing list below:
- Limited Edition TYR Kona Hat
- Big Mesh Mummy Backpack
- Limited Edition Kona Special Ops 2.0
- Women’s Graphic Tee Shirts
- Women’s Amazonia Crosscutfit Tieback Workout Bikini
- TYR Plush Towel
- TYR Trucker Hat
- Women’s Topaz Peak Mesh Paired Up Swim Tank and Women’s Topaz Peak Mesh Active Mini Swim Skort
- Convoy Check-in Wheel Luggage