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TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE PRO ATHLETES

For the JackRabbit/Saucony Train Like A Pro week, come meet the two pro-athletes who are sharing their training for a week with the age-groupers at JackRabbit. Learn about how they approach training, their strengths and challenges. And of course, the million dollar question, what do you eat to fuel all that training and how do you recover?

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE PRO-ATHLETES

For the JackRabbit/Saucony Train Like A Pro week, come meet Ironman athlete Linsey Corbin and Track Runner Ben True, two impressive pro-athletes who are kindly sharing their training journey for a week with the
age-groupers at JackRabbit.

Learn how they approach training, what are their strengths and challenges. And of course, the million dollar question, what do you eat to fuel all that training and how do you recover?

Take note JackRabbits: recovery really is a second sport to pro-level athletes. If you’re planning on taking your training to the next level, then be prepared to add some dedicated recovery into your days.  

MEET IRONMAN LINSEY CORBIN

“I think happiness comes from following your heart and doing what you love. If you aren’t pursuing your passion, then it’s difficult to put in the work needed to succeed. I quit a job at a dog store to pursue my dream of being a professional triathlete. I’m glad I did. If you’re doing what you love –worst case scenario– you’ll enjoy the journey.” — Linsey Corbin

A pro Ironman athlete, Linsey Corbin is a six-time Ironman champion and holds top American honors in both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 distances. She lives and
trains in the athletic haven of Bend, Oregon and started the 2018 race season on fire with a podium spot at Ironman African Championships in April 2018 with a time of 09:07:10 and a race-best marathon of
2:58 to end the day.

LINSEY CORBIN’S TRAINING TIPS

What advice would you give our athletes as they take on a sample week of your training?

Don’t try to be a hero in any one session, consistency is better than nailing a single workout. Just focus on checking the box, getting through the session and then moving onto the next one. Recovery is key – eat
plenty before, during and after sessions, recovery drinks, proper hydration, sleep and eat as much as you can.

What are your biggest training challenges as a pro athlete?

Maintain consistent training throughout the year by avoiding injuries, illness and burnout. Not being buckled by self-imposed pressures / expectations / focusing too much on outcomes How many hours do you sleep
a night? 9-10 hours. And if I don’t get it at night, I take a nap in the day

How do you fill your down time?

Sleeping, eating, catching up on emails, reading for enjoyment, walking / playing with our dog, catching up with friends, spending time on the river / lakes in the summer.

How do you approach recovery?

To work hard, you have to play hard and rest hard. i think it is important to have balance in your life. This means indulging in a treat if you want one (ice cream!), I also think you have to treat your body with
respect, because what you are asking it to do is A LOT. I prioritize sleep and a healthy diet. For 6-8 weeks before key events I say no to most social activities, I try to stay off my feet, sleep as much as
I can, really focus on proper fueling and realize the sacrifices are worth it come race day.

What is your go-to recovery meal?

  • Immediately after a session, I have a recovery shake: banana, CLIF Bar recovery drink, almond milk, frozen berries, spinach, greek yogurt
  • For dinner: grilled steak, roasted sweet potatoes in coconut oil, huge salad, roasted veggies + dark chocolate for desert

nb: To read more about Linsey’s fueling strategies, head over to read ‘How To Fuel Like a Pro

What are your big plans for the 2018 season?

I will be racing a Spring Ironman event, a summer Ironman event and the focus is on the Ironman World Championships in October. I would love to run under 3 hours for the marathon. (Editor’s note: so would we Linsey!)

What are your go-to shoes for racing and training?  You are sponsored by Saucony, so what Saucony Running shoes do you have in your running closet?

Training

Racing

  • Race Day: Saucony Type A Fastwitch

What are your strengths as a triathlete? I am a strength based racer and do well on the challenging courses Mentally I am a strong athlete late in the race I have a dialed in nutrition and fueling plan = key
for Ironman racing I have had a long and consistent career that has given me all sorts of experience that I can now rely on.

What does a typical race season look like? What’s on your 2018 race schedule

  • March Ironman 70.3 Campeche
  • April Ironman South Africa
  • May Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga
  • June Ironman 70.3 Victoria
  • June Ironman 70.3 Coeur D’Alene
  • July Ironman Lake Placid
  • August TBD
  • September Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz
  • October Ironman World Championships Hawaii

MEET RUNNER BEN TRUE

Ben True is a professional distance runner with talent on track, roads and cross country. Ben started the 2018 race season also strong by becoming the first American
to win the NYC Half Marathon in March.

As a track specialist he outsprinted his second place rival to the finish line. While an exciting finish, he comments he has no plans to abandon the track any time soon! It came down to the wire at the BAA Boston
Marathon weekend 5k race with the top three men – including Ben – clocking the same time of 13:42.

Like so many athletes before him, Ben is serious about his coffee and is brewing up a storm with Linden + True coffee – a new coffee
adventure with fellow athletes in crime, Sarah True and Des + Ryan Linden. We’re secretly hoping the coffee is the secret to the week of training.

BEN TRUE’S TRAINING TIPS

What advice would you give our athletes as they take on a sample week of your training?

What works for me does not necessarily work for others. Proper training is extremely individualistic. Do not pay attention to what other athletes do. Instead, figure out what works for you and stick to that plan.

What are your biggest training challenges as a pro athlete?

For me, it’s training alone. While aspects of training alone are great— such as the ability to train and run exactly how my body feeling, without comprise— it can be a mental drain. Running in a group is always
easier, especially for long or hard workouts and motivating yourself to get out the door and put the training in, when the mind just wants to relax on the couch.

How many hours do you sleep a night?

As much as I can! Proper sleep is essential to recovery and performance. The more you can sleep, the better. I don’t set an alarm clock, so allow myself to sleep on it’s natural cycle. I probably average 10.5+
hours a night, plus the occasional 0.5-1 hour nap in the middle of the day.

Can you share with us examples of what you eat in a day?

I eat a lot. Food is fuel and you have to make sure you properly fuel your body to get the most out of yourself. I eat real food that I prepare myself, but other than that, I don’t adhere to any specific diet.
I eat a lot of peanut butter and fresh bread. Example of meals would be:

  • Breakfast: Coffee and Oatmeal. I put raisins, banana and ~4tbs of peanut butter in my morning oats.
  • Post AM Workout: Momentous. Momentous is a sponsor of mine and they make high quality protein powders that are independently tested to ensure quality and transparency.
  • Lunch 1: Scrambled eggs and bagel with avocado.
  • Lunch 2: Apple, bagel with peanut butter, and probably handful of chips and afternoon coffee.
  • Dinner: Large salad, grain dish (normally rice, faro or pasta) with roasted vegetables and meat (sausage, steak, or chicken— all from a local farm)
  • Pre-bed snack: Bagel with peanut butter. Or just a spoonful of peanut butter depending on mood.

What is your go-to recovery meal?

I don’t tend to have anything specific for the go-to recovery meal after a hard race. Hard to pass up a good burger, but anything high-caloric usually suffices. How do you fill your down time? Most of my downtime
is focused on recovery. I think the main job of a professional athlete is to recover properly.

Everyone can go out and push themselves hard in a workout, but it’s how you allow yourself to recover from those sessions and make the adaptations to allow yourself to gain fitness that is important.

For me, this means a lot of lounging with the feet up. Watching terrible TV and reading. Recently, I started a coffee company with the Lindens (Des and Ryan) called linden & true coffee— so a lot of my lounging now involves working on the computer, reading about different coffees, or manning the coffee roaster.

How do you approach recovery?

Recovery is 9/10ths of the process. It is the most important in my mind. When you become a profession athlete, you in essence become a professional recoverer.

Most of my day surrounds recovery in some element. From the food I eat, foam rolling, massage, resting— everything revolves around making sure I’m recovered from my last session and ready for the next.

What are your big plans for the 2018 season?

This year there isn’t an outdoor championships, so the focus will be to run some fast times in the 5,000m and get myself set up well for 2019 World Championships.

What shoes do you switch out for speed training, long runs, and racing?

I rotate through many shoes. I believe that it’s important for your feet and legs to continually rotate shoes so that you are constantly using different foot muscles and aren’t creating any imbalances or
weaknesses.

  • My go-to training shoe is the Saucony Ride ISO. This is what I wear for the majority of my training. I use them
    for long runs and my morning training runs.
  • For my afternoon shakeouts I run in the Saucony Breakthrus. For tempo runs I’ll switch between the Saucony Type
    A or the Fastwitch, depending on the duration and surface.
  • For interval training on the track, I’ll switch between the Saucony Type A and the Endorphin Spikes.
  • For racing, I wear the Endorphin Spikes for the track, the Endorphin flats for short road races (10k and under) and the Saucony Type A for longer road races (over 10k).

What are your strengths as a runner?

I think my strength as a runner is my determination and ability to find a bit extra when I get near the finish line. I pride myself on my ability to “hang” on other runners and not allow them to drop me,
then being able to find an extra gear in the last 50 meters of a race to get by them. .

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