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 warmer weather approaching, we thought we’d take a timeout to focus on sun safety. As some of you probably know, May is the official month for skin cancer awareness. So, in hopes of ensuring our athletes and customers live their healthiest, most active lives, we wanted to remind each and every one of you to keep protected when heading outside this summer.
At TYR, we are dedicated to engineering apparel that works for you. With UPF 50+ protection included in our most popular fabrications, our gear promises to stand up to harmful UV rays just as well as it stands up to wear, tear and chlorine. To check out a few of our sun safe products, feel free to browse the images below or to visit us online. In the meantime, if you are looking for more information on Skin Cancer Awareness Month or sun safety tips, be sure to click here.
As many of our fans know, team TYR recently partnered with Well + Good to showcase our current collection of Active apparel in a three day studio takeover. During the event we visited a bunch of awesome fitness boutiques and health clubs throughout Manhattan, one of which being Row House Chelsea.
After the takeover, we were totally sore (and pretty obsessed). So, we reached out to Studio Manager and Row House Coach Scott Marchfeld for more information on what TYR fans could expect from a typical class. In addition to being an avid marathon runner, Scott has five years of competitive rowing experience from both Rollins College and the New York Athletic Club. So, who better to ask about the benefits of adding this type of workout to a fitness regime?
With multiple locations throughout New York City, Row House continues to grow each year. If you’re in the area, or are simply interested in learning more about trying out a rowing class near you, check out our interview with Scott below:
What type of workout should people expect to experience at your studio?
People who come to my class will row with adequate, efficient technique within the first five minutes. Once technique is covered, then we dive into a variety of short interval workouts and long-distance endurance pieces. At Row House we expect athletes to find it within themselves to work outside of their comfort zones. Progress in the sport of rowing requires maximum effort. I tell everyone that this will be the best workout they’ve done all week, and they always agree when they leave the studio.
What are some of the benefits of rowing?
Rowing is great because we guarantee a low-impact, full-body workout combined with some intense cardio. These three facets are very difficult to find in other exercises. If executed correctly, rowing will provide the same benefits of a boot camp or HIIT training program without the constant jarring and impact on your joints. This is why we see a lot of former runners join our classes. They know there is little risk of injury on the rowing machine.
What muscles would a class at your studio work?
Glutes, quads, hamstrings, lower back, abdominals and shoulders.
What’s your favorite pose/ exercise? Why?
The deadlift. It’s a mirror image of the rowing stroke. Plus, as a runner, I need strong glutes. The deadlift is perfect for that.
How would a swimmer or triathlete benefit from incorporating this type of workout into their routine?
A 45-minute rowing exercise is the most efficient workout on the market. Athletes in NYC are always crunched on time. We promise to work every muscle group in the body, as well as accomplish the cardio gains, all while rowing on the machine. As a marathon runner myself, I’ve experienced a different level of cardio and endurance when I incorporate more rowing into my marathon training.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to try rowing for the first time?
Give it time. Understand the stroke before you try to work too hard. A lot of times people who are new to rowing jump on the machine and start rowing at high stroke ratings. You need to focus on technique and learn to row powerful at low ratings first.
Last question. As a trainer and marathon runner, what’s your go-to meal pre/post workout?
Whole wheat pasta and cottage cheese!
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.
From laps in the pool to laps on the course, triathletes certainly know a thing or two about pushing themselves to the limit. But when the training day is over and it’s finally time to cool down, lengthening your hard-working muscles is important. And what better way is there to do that than with some yoga?
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. When it comes to triathlons, consistent training is the norm. However, constant strain on the body can often make athletes more susceptible to injury. With swimming, cycling and running comes the tightening of muscles in the legs, shoulders and hips. To aid in injury 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.
It’s going to be a jam-packed week for team TYR, but we’re still hoping to squeeze in a little bit of adventure! Take a peek at our list of must-try activities, and be sure to follow us on instagram to see what we were able to cross off.
Watch the finish line at the Ironman World Championship