Malta’s very own Rudolph Agius will be taking part in this year’s Ironman Challenge in Hawaii in October 2018. Agius, who’s sponsored by Pfanner fruit juice for this backbreaking task, qualified earlier this year for the challenging triathlon. He’s the second Maltese person to participate in this challenge.
This guy already impressed us a while back when he finished off in fifteenth place at the Ironman European Challenge back in July. He also placed second in this years’s Ocean Lava Malta triathlon.
The Ironman Hawaii is one of the toughest Ironman challenges around. It starts out with a breath-taking swim challenge in the open seas of Hapuna Beach State Park, famous for its crystal blue waters and turtles.
The swim is followed by a side-stitching run which starts at the Fairmont Orchid, progresses through Mauna Lani Resort and the Ala Loa Foot trail and comes to a finish back at the Fairmont.
The bike course, on the other hand, takes place along Akoni Pule Highways, Queen Ka’ahuman and finishes off at Hawi. That means that our guy Rudolph will be cycling through historic temples, wind farms and black lava fields. We’d be jealous… if it wasn’t such a hard challenge.
Rudolph will be taking a nice rest on the island after the whole ordeal is done. He will get the chance to explore Hawaii and look at all the adorable creatures that inhabit the area.
Rudolph trains for four to five hours a day in order to be prepared both mentally and physically for this challenge.
Although it seems like too much for us, he’s used to it. To him it’s a full time job.
His diet is a very strict one as he has to eat certain amounts of food before and after each training session. His day follows a regimen which most of us would find really hard to adhere to, and he avoids red meats during the day as they’re harder for the body to break down.
His suggestion for a healthy lifestyle is not to eat less, but to be more mindful of what you eat. Nuts, jams, coffee, bread, chicken, fish and rice are among his top foods for a healthy lifestyle.
Rudolph also advises people to be careful when it comes to the way they drink water. Drinking too much at one go is not very healthy for our kidneys since they act like a sponge.
Qualifying for the Hawaiian Ironman is a hard task in of itself, since to enter you need to win or qualify in high places at other competitions.
It takes a lot of sacrifices and hard work to take part in these kinds of competitions, and Rudolph only takes one day off a week from his routine.
“The sacrifices needed are not just physical ones, but mental too,” he told us. “You need to train yourself mentally, it’s not easy to spend four hours running up and down the same road.”
Once a week, though, Rudolph makes it a point to eat junk food. He does this because the body needs to have fat to burn in order to function properly. “Fats and oils are needed so that your body will actually have fats to burn,” Agius said, now we have can justify those cheeky drive-thru weekend cheat meals.