Free Shipping on Orders $75+ US Only
NSF Certified
Shop By Goal
Shop By Category
Best Sellers
Translation missing: en.blogs.article.back_to_blog

How Does the World’s Most Versatile Endurance Athlete Prepare for the Ironman World Championship?

How Does the World’s Most Versatile Endurance Athlete Prepare for the Ironman World Championship?
PR Lotion Bottle

Athletic Performance, Muscle Recovery


Athletic Performance, Muscle Recovery



When it comes to peak human performance, Cam Wurf stands in a league of his own. An Aussie who has competed at the highest level in not one sport, but three, Wurf is an Olympic rower turned WorldTour pro cyclist who also happens to race Ironman. And it’s the latter that has been his focus for the last couple of months as the Super Bowl of triathlon fast approaches—the Ironman World Championship.

The men’s race, which will be held in Nice, France (not Kona, Hawaii), for the first time ever this year, takes place on Sunday, September 10, and with its hilly, technical bike course Wurf is much fancied for the win. 

An avid fan of Momentous products and someone who definitely enjoys pushing the limits of human performance, Wurf took time away from his 30+ hours of weekly training to chat about how he manages stress and optimizes recovery in the build-up to a major event like the Ironman World Championship.

Managing Stress

Q: How do you effectively manage and reduce stress in your daily life?

Cam: I have something called "my process." Every night I set a plan for the following day, no matter how challenging or simple. I tick off all my tasks as I go. This makes me feel like I've achieved all the things I wanted to that day. I always make sure it’s a manageable list. This seemingly simple habit limits my stress levels on a daily basis—I just focus on the tasks at hand.

Handling High-Pressure Situations

Q: How do you approach mental and emotional well-being during high-pressure situations like races?

Cam: I travel with my family to Ironman competitions, dog included. This is important to me as it keeps me grounded and in the routine of regular life. I spend 99% of my time training, so replicating that environment around me is very important on race days. It's a constant reminder that it's just another day and I've worked hard every day in preparation. My attitude to racing is the same as my training.

Cam Biking

Work-Life Balance Techniques

Q: What are some practical strategies you employ to maintain a healthy work-life balance while pursuing your athletic goals?

Cam: I take one day completely off each week where training isn't the priority. This always helps me focus on my "work days" for the remaining six days of the week.

Recovery Methods

Q: Can you share any specific methods you use to recover and rejuvenate your mind and body after intense training sessions or races?

Cam: My post-training day smoothie is an integral part of kick-starting my recovery from a day's training. I take great pride in making these as delicious as possible. My favorite is the Chocolate Momentous Recovery Formula, two frozen bananas, one big tablespoon of Nutella, one scoop of peanut butter, rice milk, and a tray of ice. Drinking this also reminds me I've accomplished my training objectives for the day and feels very rewarding.

PR Lotion is key to my more intense training and racing routine. I rely on it most heavily for my ability to recover faster and back up high volumes of training, day after day. On race days, it's vital in aiding me to get through the marathon during an Ironman and minimizing cramping.

Q: How do you strike a balance between pushing your limits and listening to your body's signals to avoid injury and optimize your long-term athletic performance?

Cam: For me, there are a few non-negotiables when it comes to my routine with regard to injury prevention. Stretching post-workout, my Chocolate Momentous Recovery Formula shake, massage, good sleep, and healthy nutritious fuel. I've not had wear and tear injuries in my 22-year international career. I've broken bones from crashes, but that's it. I've been very fortunate, but maintaining this approach has significantly helped me stay injury-free.

Role of Nutrition

Q: What role does nutrition play in managing stress and optimizing performance? Are there any particular foods or dietary habits you find beneficial in promoting overall well-being?

Cam: My recovery smoothie is certainly integral in my routine. When I miss making it, I certainly have some anxiety about recovering adequately. Also, I use the Sleep Pack after the more intense days, just to ensure I sleep well to maximize the benefits of the day's training and I wake up ready for the following day. I also like to eat all organic fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables at home and keep things very clean and simple. 

Maintaining Peak Performance

Q: Triathlon training can be physically demanding. What are your recommendations for preventing burnout and overtraining while gearing up for a major race? 

Cam: Setting goals for each race and then scheduling rest weeks afterwards so you have them to look forward to. And when you make these plans, stick to them. Just because the race doesn't go well, don't try to soldier on. Take your rest, step back and learn where you went wrong and aim to get that right in the next preparation period.

Q: Do you have any tips for maintaining motivation and resilience in the face of challenges?

Cam: Remember that the tough days make the good ones so much more special.

Q: Can you provide any recommendations for incorporating stress-reducing activities into a busy schedule for people who aren't professional athletes but still want to perform at their best in their daily lives?

Cam: There are billions of things in life you can't control. The one thing you can control is your attitude, you may as well make it a positive one!

Sleep 101: An Adventure Into the Fascinating World of Sleep

Sleep 101: An Adventure Into the Fascinating World of Sleep

Daylight Savings and Using Light to Improve Your Sleep

Daylight Savings and Using Light to Improve Your Sleep

Meet Scott Stallings, Momentous Partner & 3x PGA Tour Winner

Meet Scott Stallings, Momentous Partner & 3x PGA Tour Winner