Nye, 31, is an Operations Program Manager for Amazon. This November he will be taking on the World's Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas, to raise money for the Royal Airforce Association. We meet him.
What has been the most challenging aspect of 2015?
Most challenging aspect of 2015 was the realisation that I'm not as fit as i want or can be. I did several Tough Mudders and wanted to do multiple laps on multiple days, but my planning, especially nutrition, and body could not deal with it.
Looking back, would you have approached anything differently?
That's when i started to look at my lifestyle and make some changes. I joined a gym that excites me – which is, of course, Gymbox – instead of a clean white box with mirrors. I started running more (a lot more). I started eating correctly, good quality meat, vegetables and much less sugar.
What do you hope to achieve in 2016?
Next year is all about me going to World's Toughest Mudder. It's a 5 mile obstacle course just outside Las Vegas that competitors run around for 24 hours. My aim is to complete 12 laps or 60 miles. The winners for the last two years have completed 19 laps. The best athlete from the UK has gone to the 16 lap milestone.
What has inspired you to take part in the World Tough Mudder?
I'm an adrenaline junkie. I want to push myself to my limits, find where they are and walk that line. I don't think I've ever done that before, so it will be very much a steep learning curve that I can't wait to take on.
Have you ever taken part in any events outside of the UK?
I have only done one event outside the UK in the past. I took part in the Sydney City to Surf race a few years ago when I lived there. It was a 14km road race from Sydney city centre to Bondi beach. It rained! A great experience and I completed it in just over 75 minutes with very little training.
Will you have a support team going with you?
For WTM I'm allowed to have two "pit crew" with me, who are there to support my physically, mentally and emotionally. I'm not sure who I'm taking yet, as it involves a lot of logistical planning.
You’re also doing 16 OCRs (obstacle course race) leading up to the big event in November, what drives you to do this?
Addiction is one. I also need to see what my body can do. Most are training session really and a bit of fun but a certain few I'll take on as competitive races too, so I can bench mark where I am against the best in the sport. I'm not thinking I can match them, but it's a great indicator of what I need to work on. Tough Mudder, Spartan, Nuclear, Toughest all offer something different for racers, but have one very important thing in common and that's the community of runners that take part. It's very social, everyone helps each other out on course – teamwork and Camaraderie.
Tell us about your first OCR, what was it like?
It was a life-changing challenge the first time I did it. I had gone through a tough few months personally, and it was very much a letting go of all that negativity and leaving it on the course. I did it with a team and we helped and motivated each other throughout the course. The beer at the end of the event was beautiful.
What will the training involve for this big event in November?
I started with getting my running in order. Simple short 5km runs which increase in distance while trying to maintain pace. OCRs are 80% running, so getting miles on my legs is key. Gym work right now is all about muscle building, leading to strength and conditioning. I'm working on my core too with a lot of old school exercises as well as functional training on the gym rigs.
How do you find the work, home and training balance?
Getting the cadence right was tough to begin with, as well as the motivation to go out and train after a long day, or just wanting to relax at home. It's all about habit. Get into a routine and make that routine a habit, and making the rest period about watching TV, playing video games or being with friends. These become treats for putting those long hours in. Work I enjoy, so it's also a great time away from the physical aspect of life. I train at the gym during my lunch break, short but with high intensity. My running is at night and weekends.
With so much physical exertion, how important is nutrition?
Hugely important, and i think this is still my weakest link. I have eaten OK in the past, not great but OK. I have a sweet tooth so reducing sugar intake was tough. I now do not have sugar in my tea or coffee, and my candy intake completely different to what it was even earlier this year. By eating good quality, healthy food I find that I don't need that sugar anymore. At an event in May, I got my nutrition preparation wrong. I had only some cereal and a banana before the event. by mile 6 of 12 i was hungry. By mile 9 my legs were gone. At my last event in October I fuelled up correctly before the race, and instead of just completing the 10km course in 45 minutes I went on to complete a second lap straight after in under 1 hour.
And after the World Tough Mudder, what will be next?
I want to take part in more competitive races in 2017, that's for sure. I really want to try out a triathlon event but I hate the swimming part in lakes and rivers – even though I'm a decent swimmer. It's the idea of not being able to see the fish and touching them!
Updates of Nye's fundraising can be found on his website www.nye-davies.branded.me.
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