Meet Hobbo…and why is he getting off the couch to do a triathlon?

Meet Hobbo…and why is he getting off the couch to do a triathlon?

Today on RUN with Coach Parry we introduce you to Hobbo. Hobbo has set the audacious goal to complete the Ironman 70.3 in Durban in June 2019. We're extremely excited to be part of Hobbo's #BiogenJourney and want to urge you to join us as we help Hobbo and hopefully inspire you to embark on your own #BiogenJourney.

You can discover more about Hobbo and why he is doing this, watch the video below:

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Meet Hobbo

 

BRAD
Welcome on to this edition of RUN. My name is Brad Brown. It's good to have you with us. Thank you so much for downloading and listening to this podcast. And today we've got another one of our sort of behind the scenes coaching sessions, so to speak, a slightly different one though, we are going to be over the coming months following someone's journey right through to their first half Ironman events, and they're literally coming off zero base, as you will hear in today's podcast, and we're going to be working with him closely, along with a whole bunch of other people, dieticians, biokenetisists, and it's all part of Biogen's journey.

We're going to be getting Hobbo, to Ironman 70.3 in Durban next June. So if you are just starting out, or if you're thinking about starting out, I think you're going to get so much out of this podcast and I want to urge you to really follow along and if this inspires you, we want to hear about it. So yeah, definitely do what you need to do make some big decisions today and be in touch. We'd love to help you achieve those goals as well. But enough of me. Let's get into our chat with myself, Lindsey Parry and Hobbo. Lindsey, welcome, nice to touch base.

LINDSEY
Always good, Brad.

 

Hobbo's journey into triathlon

 

BRAD
Lindsey, our guest today is someone that I'm quite excited to share his story with because there's a video flying around social media about him. He's doing a bit of work and he set some big goals and his journey is very similar to the journey that I've sort of undertaken. So it's a great pleasure to welcome James Hobson on to the podcast, more famously known as Hobbo. Hobbo, how's it?

HOBBO
Good and you, Brad? Thanks for having me.

BRAD
No worries at all. Hobbo, I'm super excited for you because I think you've set an amazing goal and we'll talk about that in a moment. But for folks who don't know you, tell us a bit about yourself.

HOBBO
Essentially, I live in Joburg, play a bit of golf, play a bit of social waterpol and I've been set the challenge, or taken it upon myself to do a half Ironman next year June.

BRAD
I love it, and that's the 70.3 that's happening in Durbs. Tell us a little bit about, because I will bring the coach in a moment, but for a lot of people an Ironman, half Ironman, even an Olympic distance triathlon, the swim is probably what freaks them out the most, you talk about social waterpolo, my laaitie plays water polo, I don't get it. I don't understand it. Do you have to wear a budgie smuggler when you playing social waterpolo or is it in baggies? That's my first question.

HOBBO
Most certainly. Only budgie smugglers.

BRAD
I love it. But Hobbo, obviously the swim doesn't freak you out, the bike and the run is going to be a challenge. You also are a bit of a unit, you're not the smallest bloke around.

HOBBO
Yeah, so when we started this I was at 130 kg. So obviously, pulling that around 70.3 miles is not the easiest. So obviously trying to lose a bit of weight. The swim is fine, the cycle we should be alright, but the run is very scary, and I'm glad I got a decent coach on board for that.

BRAD
Yeah, absolutely. So tell me why, why this goal? Why 70.3?

HOBBO
I think it's probably, if you look at me now a lot of people are saying jeez it's out of reach and good luck and you know, but I think it's something I could do and it's something that excites me.

BRAD
You talk about the social waterpolo and playing golf now but growing up, were you an active kid? Did you play much sport growing up?

HOBBO
Yeah, I was pretty sporty at school. Then obviously let myself go when I found the joys of alcohol and women at varsity, and then move to the UK and found the joys of fast food and convenience and cider and things like that. So moving back, I need to look at sort of getting a bit better in shape and losing a bit of weight and keeping healthier.

BRAD
Yeah, I love that. Because I think that's the story for so many people. You active as a kid and you're running around, but it's like when life gets in the way often your health is the first thing that you let go and I'm super excited for this journey. Lindsey, the build up to 70.3 is still a way away but you can't wake up and decide, you know what, I'm going to do one of these things in a week from now. So it is a whole long process, isn't it?

LINDSEY
Yeah it is. Again, when you starting off in many ways, that is your riskiest time. If you're going to achieve a goal or not achieve a goal, many times that is derailed in the first three to six weeks because people do get excited and they leap into it and they almost feel like they should be able to do more than they could do, perhaps, maybe it's because they they get into a group that's already going and feel pressure to keep up. So the first three to six weeks of a goal, it's daunting, but it's so important. It's important to go slowly enough, it's important to do all the little things right, to eat properly, you know, we're not going to turn into Mormon overnight.

So most people aren't going to suddenly cut out all the booze, there's going to be a few drinks here and there, maybe a party here and there. But the thing is to start making the right choices most of the time. And to really ease yourself into the exercise part of it. In this instance, Hobbo is fortunate to have a bit of a swimming background, that means that there's something that is reasonably good at although he's not fit in that area, either, but we will use that then to get the fitness up.

Obviously cycling is a really good, low gravity form of exercise, low risk for injuries. So we will also then use that and build that one up a little bit quicker. And then as he said, you know, the run is really his big fear he's done very little of that in his life, and certainly not for a long time. So we've started with walking and we will gradually build it up and by June, he will surprise himself by running most of the 21 k at the end of a triathlon.

 

Building fitness over time

 

BRAD
I love that, Lindsey, and you often speak about just the consistency and doing it week in and week out. And for someone like Hobbo and I'm pretty much in the same boat as well, because I'm not the smallest of athletes, man what it would be like if I weighed 50kg's, I've always said if I weighed 50kg, I could win a race. That's as simple as it is. But we unfortunately weren't blessed with those sort of genetics, Hobbo and myself but for someone like Hobbo, the big risk at the moment, like you said, is trying to do too much too soon, getting injured and then having to take an extended period to sort of mend up and then have to start again. So it's really important that there's these little building blocks that you build on over time as a coach and an athlete.

LINDSEY
Absolutely, and that really is the point I was trying to make is that you really don't want to have these big gaps, especially early on in the journey, because then it becomes quite easy to sort of lose the enthusiasm and go, you know, why do I bother and I'm always going to struggle with injury. And so that is exactly it. And obviously being part of the Biogen journey, Hobbo's also fortunate to really be starting everything on the right foot.

So someone is assisting him with his eating habits. He is seeing a biokenetisist to have a look at any imbalances that have crept in over the years. He's going to be on a strength programme that's going to help almost shortcut that strengthening process that we are doing by building up really slowly, obviously, when and if we need any additional supplementation that's always there. But amazingly, although that's what this is essentially about, Biogen journey, you know, they've really been about look, the stuff's there, if and when you need it, but really, the focus is on healthy lifestyle and living. So there's also no pressure that we have to be feeding him on powders and that sort of thing.

BRAD
Hobbo, for you, I mean, when the decision gets made, the excitement's there, and the heart pumps a little bit faster. So the motivation comes quite easily. But you've been at this now for a little while, not long. I mean, we literally just starting this process, and that's what this podcast is all about is to sort of introduce you and we're going to be following your journey right through 70.3. But now that the hard work is starting, how're you feeling, I mean, is there anything that you really struggling with at the moment?

HOBBO
Not really, I mean, at the moment that the programme is pretty, pretty chilled, which I'm quite happy about. In terms of walking 2K's, swimming a kilometre, which some people think sounds quite a lot, but it's not too bad for me. Half an hour on the indoor trainer or cycling, which also is fine for now. But you know, I'm feeling quite good. Lost 5kg already. So that's keeping me motivated as well. I think it'll be tough when I'm running the 10 K's or 15k's that I've got a try run and cycle, you know, the big cycles that'll come up. I think that's where it'll get tough.

BRAD
Nerves wise, I mean, have you had any sort of wake up in the middle of the night moments yet? Where you thought to yourself, what am I getting myself in for?

HOBBO
No just with a bit of cramp at times, but I just ask Linds and he says no that's good, that means you're exercising properly. But yeah, I'm worried about cut off times as well because I think like you, we're steam trains you know, once we get going we fine but it's getting the speed as well that I need to get to make sure I get those cut off times. That's my only worry at the moment and then obviously the run.

BRAD
Yeah, I mean, the good news is there's still lots of time, but it's one of those things that because there's lots of time it's easy sometimes to go oh there's lots of time so I'm going to miss the session here or there but as Lindsey said, it's just ticking the boxes every session you've got. Just make sure it gets done and come June next year you'll be well on your way.

From an overall wholistic point of view, I love the fact that you are doing this as a you know what, I'm not just doing 70.3 and I'm going to go and find a coach and just train, you're literally do the whole honk. So it's like Lindsey said, there's a biokenetisist involved, there's dietitian involved, you're really looking at this whole thing holistically. Do you think as someone starting out in the sport that's probably the best way to go about it?

HOBBO
Yeah, I think so. I mean, I'm fortunate that we've got Biogen on board and that we're able to use those people. But just running, cycling, swimming's not going to lose me the weight certainly that I need to lose. So it's about healthy eating, I could go and run 5K's and then smash three burgers or whatever you know, which is sort of counter beneficial and so I think it probably is the best way to go about it.

BRAD
While we've got you here now as well, I mean is there anything that you want to find out from the coach? Something that you sort of need help with at the moment, anything in your training that doesn't make sense? Anything, you've got him right now and let's use and abuse Lindsay Parry.

HOBBO
Anything at the moment, you put me on the spot here, I can't think of anything currently. I mean, I do send him a WhatsApp now and then just saying what does this mean when he talks in letters and things you know 200E.

LINDSEY
When he talks in letters, when he uses words.

HOBBO
He doesn't use the words, he just uses the letters and then if I've got a walk or a cycle or a walk and a swim, I just asked you know, should I do these together? Is that the idea of that? Or is it do one, do another later whatever the case may be?

 

The importance of getting the right pair of shoes

 

BRAD
Lindsey, I know you've also just gone with Hobbo looking for shoes, I mean the importance of getting in the right pair of shoes when you starting out on a journey like this?

LINDSEY
Oh absolutely critical. So I think you know, again, particularly with the running I must emphasise that shin splints and ITB, patella femoral knee pain to an extent, these are such common beginner injuries and they are as a combination of shoes and overuse or building up too quickly. So the building up too quickly is probably a good 80 to 85% of it but it really helps to just be in a proper pair of shoes and you know again, going there with Hobbo was important because watching him run, his running mechanics are not too bad actually. But if you look at him running, although his mechanics aren't too bad and I would normally put a person with those type of mechanics in a neutral pair of shoes, when you actually see the amount of force that's going through the inside of the shin and the inside of the ankle, then you know now a motion control shoe is appropriate for him and perhaps 20 or 25 kg down the road we may change him then to a neutral pair of shoes. But that if he hadn't, if you went into a neutral pair of shoes now, I think we would have almost certainly ended up with shin splints in his left leg and so that just highlights why it really is important to go somewhere where you can get good advice and get put in the correct pair of shoes.

BRAD
Yeah, absolutely well over the next few months right up to the build up of Ironman 70.3 in Durban in June next year, we're going to be following Hobbos progress. Obviously Lindsey, you're coaching him on a one on one basis. But I know Biogen's going to be documenting it as well. Hobbo, if people want to sort of connect with you or find out more about the or follow the journey, where's the best place to get that sort of info? we'll obviously have a lot on coachparry.com as well but I'm sure you're going to be doing quite a bit of stuff as well.

LINDSEY
Yeah, it'll be on #BiogenJourney. Yeah, that'll be what they need to look for and the Facebook page and everything gets launched, pretty sure that stuff will be on our websites and obviously on our platforms too. So people will find it easily enough.

BRAD
Awesome. Hashtag Biogen journey that's where it's at. I want to challenge people listening to this, if you're listening to this and you think to yourself, you know what, I want to do something awesome and it doesn't have to be an Ironman 70.3 it might be your first 10K. It might be your first half marathon, whatever it is, it could be the Midmar mile, just pick something. If you've been sedentary and you want to do something about maybe its weight or getting fit or getting healthier, here's your opportunity. Let's do it with Hobbo

Let's follow Hobbos, journey to Ironman 70.3 and let's get off the couch. Let's get as many people as we can active and getting going if you've got any questions, coachparry.com you can chat to the team that we've got there, Lindsey's there. We've got a whole bunch of other coaches as well across the board, running, cycling, triathlon, you name it, so get on there. And also that hashtag as I mentioned, it is hashtag Biogen journey. Hobbo, anything you want to add before we wrap up?

HOBBO
No, I think that's it. But yeah, the journey's on all the the Biogen social media, Instagram, their Facebook and Twitter. So there'll be a video every sort of two weeks.

BRAD
Lindsey, anything from you before we wrap things up?

LINDSEY
I just think that the message from this particular podcast was really the slower you build up, the more of a challenge you're going to give yourself to be successful. Be very patient at the beginning. And I guess what comes hand in hand with that is set your goal far enough in the future that it allows you to really build up slowly.

BRAD
I love it. Thank you very much. Thank you for listening. Yeah, if you've got any questions like I said, pop them on to the socials, get on to the website, check out Biogen as well. Hobbo, best of luck, we'll be chatting over the months to come. And yeah, I'm super excited and super amped to see you run down that red carpet in Durbs. It's going to be amazing.

HOBBO
Yeah, looking forward to it. Thanks, Brad, thanks for your time.

 

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