The road to becoming an Iron Man

Imagine the fittest person you know… and by fit I don’t just mean your mate who can run 20km with ease or your boyfriend who squats 100kg.. Now multiply that by 10 and you have Adam Becker. I’m not kidding this guy is on another level of fit. Mentally and physically he is the fittest person I know.

A few weeks ago he asked me if I wanted to do a running session with him. I considered it until I found out it was 100 x 100m efforts on the clock. The other option was 28 x 1km efforts. I’m not sure which is worse all I know was that there was no way I was attempting either session with this crazy kid!

I first met Adam when he playing footy down at East’s Rugby. He is now the manager of Parc Ftness, a small boutique gym chain in Bellevue Hill and Rose Bay, a personal trainer, Cranbrook rowing coach and IRON MAN.

I caught up with him following his first Iron Man in Japan a few weeks ago… (where he came 2nd in his age group I might add) to chat about his training scheduale and how he came to be the fittest human in the eastern suburbs.

When I first met you, you were running around playing hooker for Easts Rugby. What made you decide to start doing triathlons?

I had always wanted to have a crack at one. But never new how to get involved. I swam throughout school and always did the charity runs like the city2surf.
So when it came time to make the transition from Colts rugby to Grade. I thought it was a great time to chase another goal.

What would your typical days training involve?

Depending on the day, but during the week usually a shorter high intensity ride with a group and then a run off that early in the morning.
Depending on other commitments, a swim during the day and weights or run in the evening. Everyday is different sometimes it’s more and sometimes it’s less. It depends on what you’re trying to get out of the training

Did your training interfere with your job and social life?

The training didn’t interfere with my job too much, as I could schedule work around it. The big important sessions were on the weekends, so it did mean drinking became a problem.  I still made an effort to have a bit fun (just not till the early hours of the morning).

How important do you think high intensity training and weight training are to preparing yourself for an event like Ironman?

All training has it place in the sport. But I learnt very quickly that your heart rate and brain are the keys to the race. Depending on how good you are, you could be racing from 8 to 17 hours, so having a high heart rate is only going to make your body pay in the last part of the race. During training you want to keep the high intensity, but having your body do the work it as easy as possible.
Weight training on the other hand is very important in my opinion. Of course trying to hit your 1 rep max is not ideal! But strength/endurance weights are great. Trying to put your body under stress for as long as possible is key. Especially to the major movers of the body like your ankles, knees, lower back and core. Putting exercises into a circuit is a great way to get everything done in a small amount of time.
Was there a particular person or people who were integral to your preparation for such an event?

I had previously completed a few half Ironman’s and Olympic distance races. As the Ironman distance was a completely new venture for me, I worked closely with a coach and then surrounded myself with a team of people whether they knew it or not, who were very good at what they do. From riders, runners, and, of course, my physio!!!
What was the greatest challenge you faced with the lead up to Ironman Japan?

The freezing cold winter training!!! And getting enough sleep!!!

Now that you have the luxury of hindsight would you do anything differently in the lead up to the event?

I wouldn’t change too much, but I would definitely focus more on the running leg, and do more open water swimming.

Did the race go as planned? Did you face any difficulties during the race?

I had the usual pre race nerves. I was thinking that the swim looks a lot further than I had realised.

Did the race go as planned? Did you face any difficulties during the race?

The race went pretty much to plan, I did the swim in the time I wanted, even though I couldn’t swim in a straight line. The ride went even better, catching up to the back of the pro men and coming off the bike in 25th place over all. The Marathon was just as imagined, the first 33kms felt as good as they were going to feel in the pouring rain. But it all came crashing down in the final few km’s. I think I may have taken on to much water at an aid station, This reduced my run to a slight jog until I got to the final 3ks into the town centre where I thought I better suck up the pain and run a bit faster for the crowds surrounding the finish line.0472_21283

Can you describe the feeling you had when you finally crossed the finish line?

Pure Happiness

What was the first thing you ate following the race?

Sushi and a beer back at the hotel.
What is your next venture?

The Coogee Stairs… and the Port Macquarie Half Ironman.


Adam works out of Parc Fitness in Bellevue Hill and Rose Bay. He is an AWESOME personal trainer if you are on the look out for one!

Happy Monday!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s