11.05.2017 9:07

Mental strength, dietary supplements & more

"Dealing with defeats is as much part of the sport as celebrating the happy moments." Sixteen years of ultra-cycling experience. An interview with Utra-cyclist Thomas Jaklitsch about what makes an ultra-cyclist and how to get back on your feet after an accident.

Welcome back! After the first Glocknerman 2001 and your last participation in 2012 this year you start for the 4th time. What is your goal for 2017?

Thomas: To ascertain that I have recovered well from my accidents in 2016 and that I have still fun by cycling up and down mountains at two o'clock in the morning. Specifically, to complete the race within two days and nights and to look back on a great race with my team!

For more than sixteen years you have been participating in ultra-cycling marathons. What fascinates you about long-distance races?

Thomas: To experience borders and to exceed and expand them over and over again. Since my first participation at the Glocknerman in 2001 long-distance races are for me a wonderful metaphor for life. They last almost unimaginably long – some thousand or several thousand kilometers and it is almost impossible to catch a glimpse of the finish line from the start. Through certain events we learn to pause at special moments and to bring ourselves back into life again. For long-distance events this happens at the time stations. They serve as an intermediate goal and help you to not lose your focus due to the long overall course. By thinking from time station to time station it is possible to preserve the confidence of reaching the goal.  Nonstop, whatever comes – at day or night.

To not lose focus is in your opinion very important for an ultra-cyclist. What else do you think characterizes an ultra-cyclist?

Thomas: Those are people who do not care about their status quo. They prefer to deal with the question: “what can and do I want to achieve in my life?” Long-distance races last long – so long that they almost feel forever. To succeed you need endurance, discipline and motivation and a caring handling with yourself. But certainly you also need people who promote and encourage you. Dealing with defeats and failure is as much a part of the portfolio as celebrating the happy moments.

You just had to deal with defeats. 2016 was not your year. Two accidents within a short period of time have definitely left their marks. How did you get back into shape?

Thomas: Mentally by starting at the Race around Austria only one week and 35 minutes after an accident. But the marks were too big. An adequate break was needed which was accompanied by Vitamins which support nerves and psyche like "B-Complex" by Pure Encapsulations®. When ready it is important to get back into motion. This is actually a pretty classic principle: training, recovery and supercompensation. Especially after such experiences, body and mind need nurture. Therefore I only use the highest quality supplements on the market, ranging from "B-Complex" ( https://www.purecaps.net/de/produkte/b-complex-BCE6A ) to "Essential amino" ( https: // www .purecaps.net / de / products / essential aminos-EA21A ) by Pure Encapsulations®.

Pure Encapsulations® accompanies you for several years already. How important do you think are dietary supplements in sports and what is important to know about support from within?

Thomas: More is not always better! It is more important to add the right minerals and vitamins in advance. During the competition, an excess on dietary supplements is more burdensome than helpful for your body system. I think it is very important to determine the nutrient requirements in advance using an orthomolecular examination, in order to supplement micronutrients in a purposeful manner. If this is too much effort, you are certainly right with using "All-in-one" or "Sport" from Pure Encapsulations®! During the competition I use "BCAA" or herbal extracts like "Eleuthero" from Pure Encapsulations®. As always, I prefer doping-tested pure substances.

Pure Encapsulations ® is also a partner of Glocknerman SPRINT this year - the competition which is characterized as entry into the ultra-cycling sport. What advice can you give to beginners? 

Thomas: Although it is called Sprint, it is long enough to make sufficient mistakes or, more accurately, experiences for the future. Despite the short distance you should not start too fast. Stay at rather low watts and pulse heights for the first four to six hours to get used to the competition. Only when the "steady state" is pretty much reached, give more power. The distance may forgive one challenge. But not a second in regard to the result.

Thomas Jaklitsch - extreme cyclist, keynote speaker and book author. The long-time companion and Mental coach of the Race Across America winner Christoph Strasser is completing this year's Ultra-route of the Glocknerman. If he does not take part in long-distance events, he helps people to fulfill their lifetime dreams.