One Hot Minute with 2XU Sponsored TeamTBB star Mary Beth Ellis!
The amazing race that is the Hawaiian IRONMAN World Championships is less than 3 weeks away so we took One Hot Minute with TeamTBB US golden girl Mary Beth Ellis as she prepares to dominate the women's field.
Name: Mary Beth Ellis
What are your 3 favourite 2XU products?
- Compression Tights
- R3 Wetsuit
- Compression Socks
What does your standard training week involve?
Swim, bike, run, eat, sleep and repeat. I train hard almost every day doing a mix of all three sports.
Favourite training venue/environment?
Leysin, Switzerland. It’s an amazing place to train lots of hills and beautiful scenery
Favourite 2XU garment, when you use it and why?
I love my 2XU Compression Tights. After a hard day of training t nothing feels better on my tired legs than slipping them on.
Favourite training accessory (ie. heart rate monitor, power meter, pool buoy)?
I love my iPod. During the hard run sessions, it’s great to have some fast upbeat music to keep you motivated as the workout gets tough.
Toughest experience in your career & what you learned from it?
In 2010, I dealt with a string of injuries and illness. It was a tough year but I learned to believe in myself. I also learnt you sometimes need to take a rest in order to improve in the long run.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
I know that I don’t have limitless time in the sport. I just want to make the most of the opportunities that I do have so that when I am finished I have no regrets.
Describe your diet/meal plan in the week leading to a big race?
I don’t change anything heading into a race. I eat the same diet as always. I try to eat healthy all the time with lots of veggies, salads, eggs, turkey, fruit, and always a little sweet treat to end the meal. My weakness is coffee and I still drink it race week through to race day.
How do you balance out your training/racing regime with life outside sport?
My fiancée is not a full-time athlete so he helps keep me balanced. I also try to read lots of books, listen to podcasts, and follow the news outside of the sporting world.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete?
The best thing is that I get to swim, bike, and run for a living in some amazing places and get paid to do it! The worst thing is that it is hard to leave work at the office. There is no such thing as a weekend or a vacation day when you’re a professional athlete.
In five years time, I’ll be:
I hope I will still be racing professionally and also starting to think about what is next for life outside the sport.
Check out Mary Beth's blog as she prepares in the lead up to Kona!