003: Training for the Ironman | Mike Heili


Mike Heili

The IRONMAN Triathlon is one of the most iconic sporting events in the world. Covering a total of 140.6 miles and consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, it’s no wonder that the IRONMAN Triathlon is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. It’s a test not only of physical fitness, but mental strength and emotional resiliency. You also need to have your gear and nutrition strategy finely tuned.

I signed up for an #IRONMANtri. When you do that you find a way to learn how to swim. - Mike Heili Click To Tweet

The level of difficulty and just the overall appeal of the event has it as a top of bucket list item for so many. However, while many dream of competing in and finishing an IRONMAN, few can actually legitimately call themselves an Ironman.

Training for the Ironman

Mike Heili is indeed an Ironman. He has an overall passion for life that few possess. He has over 40 years of experience with running and triathlon. His 5K personal record is 15:30, half marathon PR of 1:17:55, he has completed several marathons, an ultra marathon, an Ironman 70.3 (Half Ironman) and two full IRONMAN Triathlons. He has a strong passion for life and when he made the commitment to complete the Ironman, he went all in. I mean he went all in. He took on the challenge and registered for the Ironman Boulder before knowing how to swim. He is a runner and competitor, a husband and a father and he is indeed an Ironman.

The real #IRONMANtraining doesn't start until the moment you want to quit. - Mike Heili Click To Tweet

He discusses his training, the mental approach to the Ironman, how to get the whole family involved in the journey and how the Ironman relates to the challenges and obstacles that you face in life. He brings so many great tips and insights into the strategy and tactics he used to train for the Ironman.


Success at any level of life doesn't just happen, you have to have a strategy and the discipline. - Mike Heili Click To Tweet


  • The Ironman Triathlon
  • Setting goals
  • How to train for the Ironman
  • Overcoming challenges in competition and life
  • How to balance work and family while training
  • Tips for a new triathlete

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