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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The 2016 Summer Games have officially come to a close, and we couldn’t be more proud of everything team TYR has accomplished.
“Momma on a Mission” Dana Vollmer brought home three medals, earning gold for her swim in the 4 x 100m medley relay, silver in the 4 x 100m free relay and bronze in the 100m butterfly.
“After taking two years off, Vollmer admits, “no one expected me to come back, no one kind of knew if I could make it back in time, so I felt like for the first time in my life, just really standing up there, because I loved it, and because I wanted to race.””- ABC News
Olympic newcomer Kelsi Worrell also brought home her first gold medal for an impressive swim in the preliminary round of the 4 x 100m medley relay.
Breaststroke specialist Cody Miller swam his way to the podium more than once throughout the Games. In addition to earning bronze in the 100m breaststroke, he was also a member of the gold medal winning men’s 4 x 100m medley relay team.
“Cody Miller finished his 2016 Rio Games as a part of Olympic history.”-Las Vegas Review Journal
2x Olympian and 2012 silver medalist Jimmy Feigen earned his first gold medal this time around for his swim in the preliminary round of the 4 x 100m free relay.
Last, but certainly not least, Danish sensation and 4x Olympian Jeanette Ottesen earned the bronze medal for her swim in the women’s 4 x 100m medley relay.
In addition to our athletes making a phenomenal splash in Rio, the TYR Sport Avictor seemed to certainly stand out, as well. If you haven’t seen our latest behind-the-scenes video on the making of our legendary tech suit, check it out below.
With the last few days of summer steadily approaching, there’s no better time to enjoy some fun in the sun. But with pool parties and barbeques galore, we figure a chilly treat is certainly in order!
Cool down and keep hydrated, with these easy to make, good-for-you ice pops. Follow along with the super simple instructions below, and be sure to tag us in all of your healthy Labor Day pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TreatswithTYR. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!
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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When it comes to the sport of swimming, every practice is a full body workout. Since swimmers rely on the extension of their muscles to move through each stroke with power and speed, they benefit greatly from exercises that promote both strength and proper alignment. So, it’s no wonder water based athletes are turning to gentle alternatives to stretch and lengthen their muscles during dryland training.
Whether you’re an avid yogi or yet to touch a mat, giving yourself time to stretch can be a calming way to not only aid in recovery but also re-center the mind. For competitive swimmers, consistent training is the norm. However, constant strain on the body can often make athletes more susceptible to injury. To aid in pain prevention, try jumping into a yoga class or adding some of the poses below into your regular schedule.
If you’re unsure of where to begin, remember it never hurts to consult your coach or doctor before making additions to your workout, especially if you have or are recently coming off of an injury.
If you haven’t heard of Molly Hannis just yet, it’s only a matter of time before you do. Swimming’s newest “It Girl” has gotten everyone talking, and now that’s she’s officially a part of #teamTYR, we’re psyched to have her on board. Read on below to get to know Molly!
What is your favorite TYR Suit?
Women’s Avictor Omaha Nights Closed Back (Multi color print)
What is in your training bag on a typical day?
- Extra workout clothes
- Some kind of snack bar
- A water bottle
- My “speed glitter” (glitter I rub on before I swim)
- A suit, cap and goggles
What are five things no one knows about you?
- I love playing any and all sports.
- I want to learn how to be a better cook.
- I swim faster when I use my “speed glitter.”
- I know I’m warmed up and ready to race when I’ve sneezed at least twice (weird habit, I know).
- I have the best family in the whole world.
What are five things that you are thankful for?
- My friends and family
- My coaches and teammates
- The University of Tennessee
- Great competitors in the US women’s breaststroke events
- TYR Sport for working with me as I begin my professional career
Motivational words to live by:
“Wake up, work hard, repeat!”
“Only she who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.”
What’s your go-to breakfast?
Pre-practice: 2 hard boiled egg whites and a banana with peanut butter
Post practice: A shake or a bar, and yogurt with apples and granola
What is your greatest athletic accomplishment?
Winning short course nationals in the 100 yd breaststroke
What is your great personal accomplishment?
Graduating from the University of Tennessee
What is the best advice you have received?
Every practice is a performance and every performance is practice
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be and why?
I hope I never get sucked into a reality TV show.
What are your hobbies outside of swimming?
Playing volleyball, soccer, reading and soaking up the sun
What is your most memorable race and why?
My most memorable race was probably the 400 Medley relay at women’s NCAAs in 2013. It was my first NCAA title, and I remember it being the ultimate team effort.
What are three words that describe you as a competitor?
Graceful, efficient and reckless
What are three words that describe you as a person?
Friendly, funny and competitive
If you weren’t a swimmer, what would you be doing?
If I weren’t swimming I would heading out into the job market- and probably working with kids in some capacity.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Working in some sports related field
What advice would you give to a young swimmer/triathlete?
Set your mind to whatever you want most and find a way to make it happen.
The time to celebrate is almost here. So, in the spirit of enjoying another Independence Day, we figured a sweet treat was in order.
For a patriotic parfait perfect for cookouts and barbeques alike, follow along with the super simple pictures below. Also, be sure to tag us in all of your healthy 4th of July pictures on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TreatswithTYR. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!
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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