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October 2020

A triathlon-a-day across New Zealand.

Kieran McPherson
Professional off-road triathlete

Quad recovery session, Kieran McPherson

Myovolt recently had the opportunity to talk with professional Xterra triathlete Kieran McPherson, the first person to triathlon the whole length of New Zealand.

Kieran started at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff and then over a period of two weeks, swam, biked and ran his way up to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island. Covering approximately 160km per day, his total journey was equivalent to ten full Ironman distance triathlons.

Kieran’s parallel mission was to raise money and create awareness for the Phillips Search and Rescue Helicopters, the same group that saved his life back in 2012 following a tree felling accident. Unable to be reached by ambulance, the swift response from the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter meant that Kieran was able to make a full recovery and continue to chase his passions.

When the Myovolt team heard of Kieran’s mission we reached out to offer our support. We knew he'd be needing a lot of help with recovery if he was going to be able to perform at his best day after day. We tooled him up with Myovolt to fast track his muscle recovery between each leg of his triathlon so he could keep his grueling two week schedule on track.

“Making sure I got the right amount of calories, enough water, and being recovered enough for the following days were essential.”

Q & A

Q: Kieran, you have just recently finished a two-week triathlon across the length of New Zealand, there was a forced break due to Covid making the entire trip take 5 weeks. Did you ever think that you were not going to be able to finish the triathlon? Or was not finishing never an option?

A: Giving up was never an option. I had discussed with my support crew what would be the time frame for having to restart completely vs completing when we got out of lockdown. The three week gap wasn’t too long so completing from where we stopped seemed like the best option.

Q: Which part of your journey was the most grueling and had your training prepared you adequately for the challenge?

A: Probably the gravel road section between Hunterville and Ohakune was the toughest section on the bike. It was 3-4 hours of uphill on corrugated gravel. This was slightly more gravel and elevation gain than I had anticipated. During training we had trained back to back hard days, so this had only prepared us for the first couple of days for my LoNZ tri. Any further back to back days during training would’ve been more of a hindrance as I may have burnt out. Preparation was still roughly 30+ hours a week during the middle of winter.

The long road North. Kieran McPherson (credit Radix)

Q: What was essential to helping you get through each day of the triathlon? Did you have specific routines at the start and end of each day?

A: Nutrition, hydration and recovery. Making sure I got the right amount of calories, enough water, and being recovered enough for the following days were essential for my journey. Along with counting calories we also had a nightly and morning recovery routine which included good food, some light massage and making the most of my recovery tools that were provided for me during my trip by Myovolt and RadRoller.

Q: Did you encounter any problems with old or new injuries along the way?

A: Slight alterations to the cranks to my bike to accommodate a power meter a few days before I embarked on my journey led to an unfortunate ITB tightening. This was the worst on day 4 where I had to hobble the last 5 of my 15km run into the Rakaia Gorge.

Q: As a professional triathlete, how important is recovery for you?

A: Recovery is just as important as the training you do itself. The quantity of quality training is only as good as you're able to recover. A twice daily ritual of compression, stretching, vibration and myofascial release all aid in the process of me being able to train at the best of my ability.

Q: How do you use Myovolt as part of your recovery routine?

A: Being a full time athlete while working and having a young family, Myovolt is the perfect on the go recovery with such a busy lifestyle. I am able to recover while cooking dinner, driving to and from training sessions and even while winding down in bed at night.

Q: We designed Myovolt as a tool that can be taken anywhere and used anytime, did you find it convenient to use on-the-road?

A: Something as simple as recharging with a car charger made Myovolt a fantastic tool while freedom camping NZ. This wearable recovery device also made life easy for recovering on the go. I was able to massage while preparing my wetsuit for my morning swim as well as massage during our nightly debrief.

October 2020

A triathlon-a-day across
New Zealand.

Kieran McPherson

Professional off-road triathlete

Quad recovery session, Kieran McPherson

Myovolt recently had the opportunity to talk with professional Xterra triathlete Kieran McPherson, the first person to triathlon the whole length of New Zealand.

Kieran started at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff and then over a period of two weeks, swam, biked and ran his way up to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island. Covering approximately 160km per day, his total journey was equivalent to ten full Ironman distance triathlons.

Kieran’s parallel mission was to raise money and create awareness for the Phillips Search and Rescue Helicopters, the same group that saved his life back in 2012 following a tree felling accident. Unable to be reached by ambulance, the swift response from the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter meant that Kieran was able to make a full recovery and continue to chase his passions.

When the Myovolt team heard of Kieran’s mission we reached out to offer our support. We knew he'd be needing a lot of help with recovery if he was going to be able to perform at his best day after day. We tooled him up with Myovolt to fast track his muscle recovery between each leg of his triathlon so he could keep his grueling two week schedule on track.

“Making sure I got the right amount of calories, enough water, and being recovered enough for the following days were essential.”

Q & A

Q: Kieran, you have just recently finished a two-week triathlon across the length of New Zealand, there was a forced break due to Covid making the entire trip take 5 weeks. Did you ever think that you were not going to be able to finish the triathlon? Or was not finishing never an option?

A: Giving up was never an option. I had discussed with my support crew what would be the time frame for having to restart completely vs completing when we got out of lockdown. The three week gap wasn’t too long so completing from where we stopped seemed like the best option.

Q: Which part of your journey was the most grueling and had your training prepared you adequately for the challenge?

A: Probably the gravel road section between Hunterville and Ohakune was the toughest section on the bike. It was 3-4 hours of uphill on corrugated gravel. This was slightly more gravel and elevation gain than I had anticipated. During training we had trained back to back hard days, so this had only prepared us for the first couple of days for my LoNZ tri. Any further back to back days during training would’ve been more of a hindrance as I may have burnt out. Preparation was still roughly 30+ hours a week during the middle of winter.

The long road north, Kieran McPherson.

Q: What was essential to helping you get through each day of the triathlon? Did you have specific routines at the start and end of each day?

A: Nutrition, hydration and recovery. Making sure I got the right amount of calories, enough water, and being recovered enough for the following days were essential for my journey. Along with counting calories we also had a nightly and morning recovery routine which included good food, some light massage and making the most of my recovery tools that were provided for me during my trip by Myovolt and RadRoller.

Q: Did you encounter any problems with old or new injuries along the way?

A: Slight alterations to the cranks to my bike to accommodate a power meter a few days before I embarked on my journey led to an unfortunate ITB tightening. This was the worst on day 4 where I had to hobble the last 5 of my 15km run into the Rakaia Gorge.

Q: As a professional triathlete, how important is recovery for you?

A: Recovery is just as important as the training you do itself. The quantity of quality training is only as good as you're able to recover. A twice daily ritual of compression, stretching, vibration and myofascial release all aid in the process of me being able to train at the best of my ability.

Q: How do you use Myovolt as part of your recovery routine?

A: Being a full time athlete while working and having a young family, Myovolt is the perfect on the go recovery with such a busy lifestyle. I am able to recover while cooking dinner, driving to and from training sessions and even while winding down in bed at night.

Q: We designed Myovolt as a tool that can be taken anywhere and used anytime, did you find it convenient to use on-the-road?

A: Something as simple as recharging with a car charger made Myovolt a fantastic tool while freedom camping NZ. This wearable recovery device also made life easy for recovering on the go. I was able to massage while preparing my wetsuit for my morning swim as well as massage during our nightly debrief.

“Something as simple as recharging with a car charger made Myovolt a fantastic tool while freedom camping.”

Q: In the current environment with Covid being taken into account for everything, what does the new normal look like to you? Working your way up to your two week triathlon we imagine it would look very much like your regular training prep for an event. But what about now, given you aren't training for an event?

A: I do have at least one more adventure planned before the end of 2020 and this should not be affected by Covid. It is important to have a goal set so you are able to maintain motivation during a season where events are not always guaranteed.

Q: Looking ahead for the rest of the 2020 race year and into 2021, are there any events - Covid permitting - that you are looking at attending or where we might see you?

A: I am unsure on any scheduled events until the end of the year. It would be great to have some more certainty from the Government around events as I know these companies must be struggling.

Q: Due to Covid you have pivoted as an athlete from being a part of races to coming up with your own races to push yourself. From literally digging out your own Ironman distance course in your backyard to completing a triathlon the length of a country. Do you have anything else brewing in the background for your next adventure?

A: My next upcoming event will be announced very soon. With backyard off-road Ironman on a self made course and Length of NZ triathlon, this next adventure may be my most ambitious yet.

Q: Any words of advice for those struggling to stay motivated as races and events are generally getting postponed or cancelled across the globe?

A: Set yourself a goal that also pushes your limits as well as being achievable. This can be done with an event or even with a small group of friends, Covid permitted.

 

Congratulations Kieran on your incredible feat and for achieving both of your goals by raising $13,000 for the Phillips Search and Rescue Helicopters. Myovolt is glad to have played a part in your journey and we can't wait to see where the off-road takes you next.

“Something as simple as recharging with a car charger made Myovolt a fantastic tool while freedom camping.”

Q: In the current environment with Covid being taken into account for everything, what does the new normal look like to you? Working your way up to your two week triathlon we imagine it would look very much like your regular training prep for an event. But what about now, given you aren't training for an event?

A: I do have at least one more adventure planned before the end of 2020 and this should not be affected by Covid. It is important to have a goal set so you are able to maintain motivation during a season where events are not always guaranteed.

Q: Looking ahead for the rest of the 2020 race year and into 2021, are there any events - Covid permitting - that you are looking at attending or where we might see you?

A: I am unsure on any scheduled events until the end of the year. It would be great to have some more certainty from the Government around events as I know these companies must be struggling.

Q: Due to Covid you have pivoted as an athlete from being a part of races to coming up with your own races to push yourself. From literally digging out your own Ironman distance course in your backyard to completing a triathlon the length of a country. Do you have anything else brewing in the background for your next adventure?

A: My next upcoming event will be announced very soon. With backyard off-road Ironman on a self made course and Length of NZ triathlon, this next adventure may be my most ambitious yet.

Q: Any words of advice for those struggling to stay motivated as races and events are generally getting postponed or cancelled across the globe?

A: Set yourself a goal that also pushes your limits as well as being achievable. This can be done with an event or even with a small group of friends, Covid permitted.

 

Congratulations Kieran on your incredible feat and for achieving both of your goals by raising $13,000 for the Phillips Search and Rescue Helicopters.  Myovolt is glad to have played a part in your journey and we can't wait to see where the off-road takes you next.