American pro triathletes Chris Leiferman and Kennett Peterson joined us on our weekly Facebook Live AMA show on Wednesday to talk all things triathlon. Chris and Kennett covered a wide range of topics including avoiding injury and overtraining, conquering the Ironman distance, and looking forward to their debuts at the Ironman World Championship. You’ll learn a lot about long-distance triathlon in this Q&A. See highlights below. (P.S. you have until midnight tonight (July 10) to enter to win Goodr sunglasses provided by JackRabbit.)
Join us next Wednesday (July 17) at 1 p.m. MDT for our Facebook Live AMA with swim coach Gerry Rodrigues.
Highlights of our AMA with Chris Leiferman and Kennett Peterson:
Minute 1: How did you get into triathlon?
Minute 3: Chris talks about managing walking in the marathon of an Ironman.
Minute 3: Kennett and Chris talk about how they mentally train for triathlon.
Minute 5: Who do you train with in Boulder? Do you train alone?
Minute 5: How do you get faster in the swim?
Minute 6: How much sleep do you get each night?
Minute 7: Kennett talks about recovering from Ironman Boulder.
Minute 8: Chris and Kennett talk about a unique experience they had with nature while riding a bike.
Minute 10: Both athletes give advice for anyone first getting into the sport.
Minute 12: Chris and Kennett talk about the importance of focusing on your own training and not overdoing it. (Find what works for you!)
Minute 13: What is the structure of your training week?
Minute 15: What keeps you motivated to perform well in sport?
Minute 17: Kennett and Chris talk about celebrating an Ironman finish.
Minute 17: The diet they each implement the month before a race. (Hint: They eat quite a bit!)
Minute 20: What do they eat the night before a race? The morning before?
Minute 21: How have you worked on your swim if it doesn’t come naturally?
Minute 22: What is your Kona buildup like?
Minute 23: What is your hardest training session? Favorite? (Both of these athletes love the long rides!)
Minute 24: Both athletes talk about the hardest part of Ironman. (There answers are probably the same as yours!)
Minute 25: What is your “why”?
Minute 27: Kennett and Chris talk about avoiding injury.
Minute 28: Do you have a coach?
Minute 29: Do you think new athletes should have a coach?
Minute 31: Both athletes comment on the concept of training after a PR. (Go after the big performance, not the big time!)
Minute 33: The proper type of run training to do so that you don’t have to walk in a race.
Minute 34: Both athletes comment on their favorite distances.
12:35 Kennett and Chris talk about heading into Kona as underdog athletes.
12:36 Both share what the rest of their season looks like.
12:37 Kennett talks about the transition of going from being a pro cyclist to pro triathlete. “It’s two different types of suffering.”