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Tribesports User of the Week: Jarod C

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Posted by Jarod C under Triathlon, Weight Training (Strength Training) on 12 March 2014 at 6:00 PM

Jarod CWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of? 

The toughest challenge I’ve done would have to be the Insanity program.  This program broke me down and showed me what I was really made of.  I had done other programs such as P90X and P90X2 and they were tough but Insanity brought me to the breaking point.  The cardio intervals really helped me with my mental toughness, which brings me into the challenge I’m most proud of - complete my first triathlon.  This race truly tested my mental toughness.  I went at my training the right way except for one thing…I didn’t do brick workouts.  Brick workouts if you don’t know are when you take two of the disciplines that make up the race and execute them in a single workout.  For example swim then bike or bike then run.  It helps get your body use to the transitions as well as helps with the endurance.  When I finished the swim and went into the bike I hit a brick wall and had to calm down cause all I heard in my mind was, “you can’t do this…what did you get yourself into!”.  I had to push all that out of my mind and once I got into the run I was in the zone.  I crossed the finish line in 23rd place and 4th in my age category…not bad for my first time.

What does a typical week of training look like for you? 

Strength Training selfieCurrently it’s strength training 5 days a week with at least 3 hours of cardio.  My cardio consists of swimming, cycling, running and an occasional Ultimate Frisbee game.

What tips would you give to someone starting out on trying to get fit?  

Getting fit is a lifestyle change, which comes from forming habits and habits don’t happen over night; baby steps are the key.  What I’m trying to say is don’t try to do it all at once.  I think that is where most people get in trouble…trying to change everything all at once.

Let me explain, typically for me to get back into shape I start by doing 2-3 short workouts for 2-3 weeks just to get the blood flowing and back into some sort of routine.  Next I start going 4-5 days/week for another 2-3 weeks. Now I have a good habit of exercising and can start my program.  

Next I work on my nutrition.  I consider a habit formed when I am eating 5 meals a day.  So to get there I need to work up to that.  If I am eating only 3 meals a day then I work up to 4.  When I am able to do that consistently then I work on 5 a day until I have that down.  What do I do as a meal plan?  Currently I am using the P90X3 plan, which breaks down each meal into 3 groups: proteins, carbs and fats.  It tells me how many portions to eat at each meal.  Look it up or contact me and I can explain more. PORTION CONTROL, PORTION CONTROL, PORTION CONTROL!!!

Finally, if I am going to take supplements then this is the time I do it.  They cost the most out of everything and I don’t like to waste money when I haven’t formed the exercise and nutrition habits.  

Which nutrition Challenge has been the toughest for you and which would you recommend to a friend? 

Eat clean for a week.  Eating clean means no processed foods.  Earlier I mentioned my nutrition plan I follow.  For my proteins it is usually tuna, chicken or turkey.  For carbs I do all kinds of fruits and veggies, quinoa, an assortment of beans (black, kidney etc), and lentils.  And for fats I have avocado, almonds, pistachios, coconut oil, flax seed oil or extra virgin olive oil.

Eat Clean

What I would recommend to a friend; Don’t eat processed foods and don’t eat after 7pm.  Ok, that’s two but I think they should be tied together.  Really to better define the 7pm one it should read: don’t eat less than three hours before bed time.  The challenge rules would also say after dinner go for at least a 20 min walk to help the body digest food and help burn those extra calories prior to heading off to bed.  If you get hungry during those 3 hours prior to bed then chug a glass of water.  Chances are the body is saying it is dehydrated.  

What's your favorite event you've ever competed in?  

Last year I competed in my first triathlon.  It was a sprint, but had to start somewhere.  Always wanted to but never had the courage.

Finishing Triathlon

 Last spring I got runners knee so I started swimming (well I thought I was). I received a few lessons from a retired Navy Captain after watching me attempt swimming.  Then I had a guy at work who had asked me to get on the Air Force Cycling Team coaxed me to just to come riding with him.

Jarod cycling

So I borrowed my commander’s bike and loved it.  Not long after that I came to the conclusion, if I can do all three disciplines why not just put them together and see what I could do in a race. A month later I entered my first triathlon and now I’m hooked!  Although there aren’t any events where I am now I continue to keep a good base for when I get back to the States in October.  I know, a long answer for a short question…sorry.  

What's your big Challenge for 2014? 

Stay as healthy as possible.  I’ve noticed as I approach 40 my body just isn’t as resilient as it was back in my 20s.  I need to listen to my body more closely and that is my biggest challenge.

Scuba and snorkelling

Which piece of sportswear would you most like to see join the Tribesports range?  

Perhaps performance swim wear…now please don’t ask me to design it :D

What's your favorite quote? 

Oh boy…there are so many of them.  Am I allowed to give two?  

“For every uphill there’s a down hill” -- Robbie Hayes, my high school cross-country coach.  

The second one…”To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” --Pre

Which Tribesports users make your day? 

Oh boy…I’ve saved this one to answer last cause there are so many who give me TONS of encouragement.  Hands down is @euniceyeo; not a day goes that she encourages me in some way.  I would also like to give a shout out to @matteor, he is what I want to be when I grow up…if I could get half as cut as him I’d be golden or rather yet…cut!  Someone who has encouraged me since the beginning…@kels72.  Also, @pcvm and @sarypr have given me tons of encouragement. There are so many more I could mention but all who do encourage me I want to thank you…it means the world to me!!

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