The Ironman amongst Us

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This summer, when many of us lazed around beaches, Glen Huygens qualified for the 2020 World Ironman Championship 70.3 in Taupo, New Zealand. He ranked 9th out of the 230 participants in his age group at Ironman Vichy-70.3 after racing the triathlon events including the 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike race, and 21.1km run.

Ironman 70.3 at Vichy or the half Ironman is a very popular endurance event. Glen has been training hard for the challenge for the last 6 years. “It all started with my friend inviting me to do a triathlon for fun. I was kind of tired of Football and needed some variety in sports. That was 6 years ago and today I have qualified for the world championship,” smiles Glen

Fun runner to serious contender

Initially, he just meandered his way through various events. There was no structured training, but as the passion and recognition grew, Glen started to seriously look at participating in competitive events. “Training is hard work and the last 2 years I have been making up for the “Do-As-I-Want” style of the initial fun years. Sometimes I train for 12 to 15 hours in a day and follow the specialty training to improve my speed,” he says.

The training paid off at Vichy when he came out with flying colors finishing overall 79th out of the 1800 participants in the half triathlon. Early morning of August 26, 2019, competitors across the world congregated to go for the win. The swimming event started off as early as 6:45 AM and a good timing boosted his self-confidence for the cycling leg of the race. The ride was hard because of the high altitude and minor mishaps like losing the sports drink bottle. “I felt a bit panicked when I lost my bottle, but managed to sustain myself with candy. After that, even the heat could not put a dampener on me and I completed the entire challenge with a solid time of 4:47:19,” laughs Glen.

Ironman with tech

 

With world championship qualification under his belt, Glen is looking forward to training up to 20 hours for the Ironman 70.3 challenge at Taupo. He does not have a personal trainer or a coach but depends on an online program called Trainerroad to plan his schedule. It is easy to use App and helps you choose from predefined triathlon training guides ranging from Easy, Medium or Hard.

 

“It will be tough to manage work and sport but you can do it with some discipline. Fortunately, my girlfriend is self-employed and supports me in everything I do. I am an early riser and on Saturday clean the entire house. Trust me it is also part of the training, “smiles Glen as he signs off.

Here’s wishing Glen all the success in the world championship. If you want to know more about Glen’s schedule you can reach out to him for guidance.

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