Mark White – Featured Athlete

Greatest Hits

13 Ironman Races

(Twice qualified for Kona)

4 times @ Challenge Roth. 2010 – 52nd overall out of 3000 starters in a time of 9hrs 17 Min’s, 6th in 40-45 age group. 4th overall in world Firefighter champs.

39th @ Challenge Barcelona, 9hrs 08 mins.

1hr 53 mins for 50 mile time trial.

At least 20 half IM Races

Fell Running

Time Trialling

Tell us about yourself…

I’ve been with Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service for 19 years, working as a crew manager for 8. My 48 hours per week include both day and night shifts. I am married to Kara who is very supportive of my triathlon exploits, and if it wasn’t for her support I wouldn’t be able to race to the standard I’m at today.

In my spare time, I’m a qualified triathlon and endurance coach, and Watt bike instructor. I work for Trainingbible UK. I find this very rewarding as I can pass on the experience I have gained over the years to other athletes who want to improve their performance.

This year, one of athletes did 9hrs 26 @ IM Germany and then went to do 9hrs 42 @ Hawaii.

What would be a typical day for you as far as training goes?

I don’t have a typical day as I’m constantly evolving my training. I normally train between 10 and 25 hours a week. Depending on the time of year and the races I’m planning to compete in.

At the moment I’ve just come home from Challenge Barcelona, so I’m resting and planning my 2011 season. I’m also catching up with the athletes I coach and planning their seasons.

I’ll be starting my winter base on Nov 1st which will last about 16 weeks. I normally average 10-15 hours per week during my base, which includes 2 weight sessions per week.

How did you hear about the Eladon range for Athletes?

I’ve been competing in triathlons since 1983 and I’ve seen a lot of athletes come and go in our sport. In the early 1990’s I remember reading an article in 220 by Julien Jenkinson. He was talking about a herbal plant extract that helped him recover from his training sessions. At the time Julien was our best Ironman triathlete and was regularly finishing in the top 10 in Ironman races, and beating some quality athletes. I decided to start taking Elagen as a daily supplement. As my results improved and I got a bit more recognition, I was lucky enough to become sponsored by Eladon. I’ve been sponsored by Elagen for over 12 years, and I’m still taking their products to this day.

Would you recommend our products?

Absolutely!!!! In fact I’ve had my mum and dad take it when they are under the weather. I strongly believe that Elagen Sport greatly assists the body to recover from hard training sessions and as it non – toxic to the body, its O.K to take it in quite big doses. If you feel a cold coming on, or even if you’re really putting yourself through it, especially in Ironman training.

Which of our products have you introduced to your routine?

I take the high potency standardised Eleutherococcus senticosus (2000mg capsules). I normally take 2 a day, morning and evening but will go up to 6 a day if I’m feeling worn down.

I also take high potency organic flaxseed capsules (750mg capsules) again twice a day.

This year I’ve started to take the high potency capsules of Beta – Alanine (625 mg capsules). I take this 3 times a day before training.

All the supplements I take will be consumed with food as I feel it helps my body absorb the products better. But I don’t take Vit-C with Elagen as I’ve read that Vit-C can attack the root extract and it will not work as well in the body.

Since taking Beta- alanine, I’ve notice a massive improvement in my body’s ability to buffer lactate in my muscles. This has meant better performances in my racing and improved sessions in my training.

Last time we spoke to you, you were training for Challenge Barcelona. How was it?

My last race was Challenge Barcelona on 4th October. I had a fairly good race finishing in 39th place overall and 4th in 40-45 age group…I wasn’t firing on all cylinders and started to get fatigued at about 80 miles on the bike. I normally can re-fuel and come good again for the last 10 miles of the bike. Then come through on the marathon, but I never got going again and had to dig very, very deep to keep going on the marathon. I think I’m getting too old for 2 Ironmans in 10 weeks and will stick to 1 Ironman a year from now on…

What is your strongest triathlon discipline?

I’ll have to say running, but only in Ironman events. I think the strength I’ve gained over the years, has given me the ability race harder for longer. But when you’re trying to get less than 9 hours for the Ironman distance race, you really can’t afford to have a weakness!!

What are your plans for 2011?

I’ve now finished my season for 2010 and am taking 2 weeks off to rest.

My plans for 2011 are to race again at Challenge Roth (which I’ve already entered) and do a few more half Ironman races instead of 2 full Ironman.

I’m also getting support from Compressport UK and am getting free fitting for my new racing from Retul bike fitting in Derby.