Triathlete - Mohamed Ali Belal
Mohamed Ali Belal is a triathlete, who previously qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and frequently finishes on the podium!
How did you get involved in triathlon?
In 2013 I stopped smoking and I wanted to make a change towards a healthier lifestyle. Some of my colleagues were participating in triathlons. It got my attention as I never heard of this sport. When I got more insights, it got my interest and it seemed like a good way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My colleagues were making fun of me, as they didn’t believe I could do this but this actually pushed me to give it a try. That is the beginning of how I fell in love with triathlon.
Do you have an athlete role model who inspired you?
Terenzo Bozzone (professional triathlete from New Zealand who races primarily in long distance, non-drafting events. He is the winner of the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.)
What advice would you give to someone considering taking up triathlon?
Look for a race and sign up so you have a target to work for. Finding a good coach will be very helpful to achieve your goal.
Best sporting achievement so far?
The Qualification for the Ironman70.3 World Championship and I’m very proud of the last IM70.3 Dubai 2018 which I finished in 4 hours and 6 minutes.
Aspirations in triathlon for 2018 and beyond?
To win my age group in the World Championship this year. This will be very ambitious but it’s a dream I have. After 2018 my dream will be to qualify for Kona.
What are your top three sport nutrition tips?
a) Take care of your supplements, like vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium and B12 etc
b) Protein after training to support in the recovering of your muscles
c) Everywhere you go, take a bottle of water with you
d) Most important to listen to your body, it is ok sometimes to eat something unhealthy
What are your top three training tips?
a) Don’t forget your strength training to make strong muscles as a lot of people forget about this. Start far before the race and slow down when the race is getting closer.
b) Besides cycling outside, it’s also nice to cycle indoors, with focus on hills, Tabata (high intensity interval training) etc.
c) Recovery is as important as the training itself. Sleep well, stretch, foam-roll and massages.
Can you give us an insight into your pre-race routine?
During the tapering period, one week before the race, I focus on recovery, massages etc. 4 days before the race is the last day for a massage. Three days before the race I will start with carb loading. The day before the race, I relax, drink a lot of water and sleep early. Race day: I start the early morning with some oats and a coffee (which I didn’t drink for a whole week before the race)
How did you hear about Beet It Sport?
I was training with the Beet It Middle East distributor, Martin Bond, who informed me about the product. I got curious and gave it a try!
Why do you use Beet It Sport and how has it helped you?
Because I feel the benefit of the product. It helps me to go stronger for longer. I take a shot daily in my training and two shots the day of the race; it helps to focus. I used to have a beetroot a day but to get the same effect I need to eat 5 beetroots to have the same benefit as the shot.