August 31, 2018

DayToDay Dietitian Mariella Competes IronMan! 🌱💪🏽

On the 1st and 2nd of September 2018, the World’s best triathletes are lining up in Port Elizabeth to partake in the annual Ironman 70.3 World Championship. This race consists of a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and a 21.1km run.

I have been doing triathlons competitively for 3 years now and my passion for this sport keeps growing from Day to Day 😉 At first I just entered a half ironman race to see if I could complete the race and as a challenge, but the moment i crossed the finish line I knew I wanted to beat my time.

I’ve always been committed and competitive. So, I decided to get a coach, and I’ve been training consistently for the past 2 years now. I train between 17 and 20 hours a week, depending on whether I am in a big or small training week.

“…you can start feeling sick due to the reduction in training load.”

It definitely is not easy and I often struggle to drag myself to do some sessions because naturally you cannot always feel ready to bounce with so much training. But I have found it to be so rewarding if one does commit and is consistent and self disciplined with the training.

I am extremely excited for this weekend! It is such an honour to race a World Championship on home soil and it will most definitely turn out to be a tough day. The sea is often rough, the roads are very far from smooth and the wind is rather unforgiving. But there is nothing better than an honest race, where true grit is tested.

Leading up to the race, I mostly focus on getting lots of sleep, eating well and trying not to get sick. The training tapers down in this last week to let the body recover and get ready for the big day, so it is a really nice week 😅 …even though the body often does odd things and you start feeling sick due to the reduction in training load. But luckily that is mostly just a case of ‘taper sickness’. I have trained really hard for this event, I am the fittest I have ever been so I am very excited to give it my all against the best of the world! I feel grateful to be a serious athlete, but at the same time a dietitian anyway! All serious athletes have to spend a lot of time working out a healthy diet, and spend huge time, hassle and expense goes into mainting it, on top of the other careers they have to maintain. You could say I’ve pretty much streamlined my life as much as possible. 😆 We’re working on something exciting at DayToDay to help others get this same competitive edge. Keep an eye on us, or hey – maybe phone in and see if you can get someone to drop hints. 😉 Happy cooking! Mariella Mariella is the registered dietitian at DayToDay. When not working alongside Chef Gino, she is giving talks on healthy eating and competing in triathlons. ( click the button below )