Q&A with Outstrip Triathlete - Amanda Tyner

Amanda is a first year Outstrip Endurance coached athlete. She is getting ready to race IRONMAN Wisconsin in a couple weeks. Coach Paul did a quickie Q&A with her. Check it out! 


How many full distance Ironman races have you done?

 Ironman Wisconsin will be my 3rd full Iron distance race in 2 years. 


You are racing Ironman Wisconsin in a couple weeks. What made you choose this one? 

- I lived in Wisconsin for 4 years after I graduated from college and that's where I got into the sport. After I did my first outdoor sprint and Olympic distance races in the Summer of 2010, I drove to Madison from Milwaukee to cheer on a co-worker and to see what an Ironman was all about in-person, and I caught the bug.

I remember getting sun burned sitting on the helix (the transition area) waiting for the pros to come in off the bike getting emotional feeling the vibe. (Yes, I'm a sap.) I volunteered in 2011 in T1 and T2 handing athletes their bikes with my boyfriend and then catching their bikes on the way in too. By volunteering, I guaranteed myself a spot for 2012, and was mentally ready to commit, but unfortunately the funds weren't there at the time and then shortly after, we moved to Texas so I could make more money to afford this expensive hobby we acquired.

After starting to make more money and getting acquainted with the triathlon community in Houston, I found my first coach down here (who helped me grow as an athlete and triathlete tremendously) and we found our first full iron distance to do that we could drive to in Oklahoma. I trained through the Houston heat and humidity for Redman in OKC in September 2012. I was trained enough to do a half, but never actually did one before I did my first full. We didn't want to spend the money to travel to one. My goal going in was just to finish, but I had some numbers in my head.

I also had a goal to finish before the sun went down. Long story short, I I was the first female to cross the finish line. Granted there was no prize money, therefore no pro field or many elites, but I broke tape son!

I was on cloud nine and wrote a blog about it. I did it on my road bike that I took a 401k loan out for, and at this point decided I was hooked and needed to get a TT bike. I got an Ironman Foundations slot for Ironman Texas 8 months later, buckled down on my training, and made the plunge for a TT bike and some Zipp 606's.  After having another pretty successful race at Texas, I knew Wisconsin would be next on my hit list, as it was the race that perked my interest. So here I am, 4 years later finally about to tackle that course. I can't wait!


What is your full time job?  
- I work full-time in sales prospecting, meeting with clients, proposing new business and managing existing business to drive revenue to afford my expensive hobbies. 


How do you balance your work, and triathlon training? 

 It's definitely not easy, but when I'm not busy, I feel lazy. I've somehow learned to get up at the ass crack of dawn to do early morning workouts, found a way to get lunch swims in occasionally when I had the luxury of a home office, and am not afraid of late night workouts either. It just requires me to do some prior planning and the right mental state to still get my workouts in after a long day at work. My boyfriend also helps keep me disciplined and joins me for some of my workouts. I fuel myself throughout the day by packing lots of food and energy sources so I have the energy to get my workouts in that I need to. I have this race and my goals in the back of mind keeping me motivated. My social life has significantly changed since  catching the Ironman bug, but I'm okay with it for the most part. 


This is your first season being coached by Outstrip Endurance? Why did you choose Outstrip for your coaching? 

 Sure is! I couldn't be happier with my decision to either. Coach Paul is a childhood buddy of my boyfriend's, so I've known him for several years. In fact, he would take me for runs around the Vegas strip when I'd go on trips with girlfriends before I ever got into triathlon. He's become pretty knowledgeable about the sport and how to train efficiently as his life is pretty much surrounded by it. I knew he'd keep me accountable, personalize my schedule and be accessible, which he absolutely has been. 


How has your training changed since switching coaches?  

I'm cheap, so I don't like to spend money on things I don't need, but I know in this sport and at this distance, I need a coach and am thankful I realized that before my first iron distance race. Everyone is different, but I learned a TON from my first coach and never wanted to leave him, but I realized what I needed to make my investment justifiable, and knew I could get that from Coach Paul and Outstrip. I questioned a lot when we first started, but now that I'm 2.5 weeks out from race day, I'm feeling well tuned, prepared, and ready for the challenge! Even though Paul and I are thousands of miles away from each other (super jealous he gets to spend the Summer in Bend, OR), I've definitely had more personalized conversations about my training and why I'm doing what I'm doing to prep for race day than I ever did before. It's a lot more than just getting a plan and doing the workouts. I actually understand the philosophy behind WHY I'm doing a workout a certain way and how it will benefit me. 


Tell us about your nutrition plan for IM Wisconsin. Do  you have a plan? 

 Oh man...I don't know that anyone should take nutrition advice from me, but I'll gladly share what I've done in the past and what my plan for IMOO is.

For my first iron distance race, I consumed a shit ton of sugar and felt like I got a few cavities on race day at the end of the day. I seriously couldn't wait to brush my teeth and never wanted to eat another Stinger waffle again. It worked though in combination with salt tabs and GU every hour and Accelerade in my bike bottles. I also learned how important ice was in my training with my first coach in the Houston heat.

I was seriously doing brick runs at like 1-2 pm on July/August afternoons feeling like my shoes were going to melt on the pavement. Here I am again with another September race going through the same thing again, but I've tweaked my nutrition to not be so harsh. I became a fan of Generation UCAN while training for Ironman Texas, but have also heard people's horror stories with using it as their bike fuel, so I tried a few different things this season just to see how it worked with my stomach and training, even though I've never really had any major problems in the past. I like to see what's out there. I just know I can't have dairy or too much gluten before a race or long training day. My plan is too keep my body fueled at about 200-300 calories/hour while keeping my sodium and electrolyte intake up as well (I have a problem retaining/absorbing water aka I pee a lot, so don't smack me on the butt on the run...don't say I didn't warn you!).

I also like to award myself with special flavors at certain points throughout the day, like I plan to have a RedBull (sugar-free though) in my special needs bags and in T2. I'm also a big fan of the flat Coke on the run. I don't even care if it's cold. Shit works! I sound like a hot mess, but I swear there has been trial and error here and some actual thought behind my plan. I also keep ibuprofen and B12 lozenges on me if I start to hurt anywhere or need a little energy boost.  


For anyone about to race their first full distance triathlon, what is your advice to them?  

- You really have to like what you're doing and WANT to do it, or it's not going to be fun or worth it. I use to like to race every other weekend and not really train that much, but I've become so passionate about the sport through training for fulls that I actually enjoy training now. People that know me, will agree I portray myself that way too.

Complaining is demotivating, and I hate whiners, so don't do it around me. I grew up a dancer and performer so I look at race day as showtime. The curtain goes up when the gun goes off and it's time to just have fun. The hard work in the months leading up to the performance is over, and it's time to execute. You can tell who's enjoying themselves out there on the course. I'll share the same advice my first coach gave me in the car ride to my first full, you will literally go through everyone emotion you can think of out there on race day, and just soak it all in. Oh, and fuel yourself like you are going to burn 3,000+ calories in the days leading up, but with good fuel, not crap. 


Where can readers find out more about you? 

 I haven't been real active with my blog, but I have intentions too...