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Lionel Sanders heads back indoors

"Every single dude who trained in Tucson did horrible in Kona"

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Lionel Sanders figures that trying to train in Arizona’s extreme heat last summer was a contributing factor in his tough day of racing at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii last year. In the latest video posted on his YouTube channel (see below), Sanders explained why he’s looking to do a lot of his training in the upcoming months indoors.

“(Your) Fitness goes up until mid-May, then, when the temperatures go up, you have no idea where your fitness is,” Sanders said of his training in Tucson. “Now I’ll go back to my roots this year … I used to spend tons of time training indoors.”

One of the big advantages, according to Sanders, is that his indoor training venue remains much cooler than outside.

“Many of us tried to train here leading into Dallas (PTO US Open) and Kona last year, and you’ll notice that every single dude who trained in Tucson, which is extremely hot and extremely difficult, did horrible in Kona,” Sanders said. “I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think we all destroyed ourselves … (there was)┬áDeep seated fatigue from doing too much training in the heat.”