Ozge Uzun’s Triathlon Summary: Passion, Discipline, Continuity

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Ozge Uzun talked about her career and passion for triathlon before the Alpe d’Huez long-distance triathlon.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? How did you get involved in the sport? Was being a triathlete always deep in your heart?

Simply put, I’m an adventurer, an animal lover, a sports and adrenaline lover. I started playing sports from an early age. As long as I can remember myself, I love everything that includes sports. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in running, ballet, gymnastics, and swimming, skiing, and many other sports. Wherever there was something about sports, I was always there. These were the moments I enjoyed very much and I always wanted to be there. After that, sports activities disappeared from my life for a while, for reasons such as high school exams. When I was a fast-paced student, sports remained only where I was anxious. At that time, I didn’t know what a triathlon was. So I didn’t expect to be a triathlete.

You have been involved in sports since you were a child. So what attracted you to the field of triathlon? Is there a turning point?

When I started my career and always worked at my desk, it started to get messy. When you start a full-time job after a busy college life, you get stuck in a loop. I woke up, went to work, and went home. Of course, I was doing other things, but I didn’t feel well. In the process, I returned running to my life and embarked on a road bike adventure with the people around me. That was when I started hearing about triathlon. In fact, I had no obstacles to playing this sport, which consisted of swimming, cycling and running branches. I have had a swimming background since I was a kid. I have enjoyed cycling since I was a kid. Of course, this was my first time cycling training, but it didn’t hinder my participation in the race. He said he could do something if he was running. As a result, I wanted to experience this sport in 2019 and it was a lot of fun. I started intense training with the support of my friends, family and passion for this area.

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Triathlon is both a physical sport and a mental sport. How do you see this ratio and how do you do your spiritual work?

Even if it cannot be evaluated, it can be said that it accounts for the majority. This ratio changes from time to time. Especially when you don’t want to train, when you have physical problems during training, when you have an injury or illness, when things don’t go the way you want in the race … the ability to stay mentally strong here Determine the success of your sport. Everyone does it when things are easy. The real challenge is to stay there and focus on the results when things don’t go the way you want.

How can I provide this? I am a person who likes to push myself. I want to do the impossible. “No” and “doesn’t happen” are my last resort. But of course, there are times when it’s very difficult. I even know that I actually cried. ☺ It’s good to know that I’m not the only one in this situation. Many athletes experience such moments. In fact, we experience them not only when we are playing sports, but in all areas of our lives. Focusing on the results will help you stay in the moment. In addition, the presence of people who support you and motivational conversations also contribute to your psychological health.

When will the race begin physically and mentally? Is your preparation process the same for all races?

Earlier this year, we will work with the trainer to determine the target races for the year. After placing these on the calendar, my coach sees the big picture and makes my weekly plans according to my race. It’s already clear when to load, when to rest, and when to race. In short, we are physically prepared almost all year round. Rest and food are also big parts.

While I’m training hard, I’m mentally challenged, but the actual process begins about a month ago for me. I’m checking the truck. Review ratings, comments, feedback, and resources used by competitors over the last few years. Then just imagine. This exercise will increase your heart rate as if you were alive that day. Spend a few days thinking about every moment of the race, from the moment you wake up to breakfast to warm up.

The preparation process is different for each race. Of course, these aren’t big changes, but uphill courses have different training and different running techniques. It also depends on the distance. But, of course, the science of training is not that complicated. It’s pretty clear what you need to do. We employ a variety of trainings depending on the distance of the race, the difficulty of the branch and the technical changes.

What would you call a triathlon in three words?

Passion, discipline, tenacity. Without these three, I wouldn’t have been there so far.

White-collar workers in the office, sportsmen outside … Isn’t it difficult to carry two identities?

Yes, this is sometimes really challenging. First of all, you need to have very good time management. He has a serious weekly plan and I can’t easily deviate from it. My training ends early in the morning. When I say it’s over, it ends in my head and it’s time to spend the day at work. During this time, I work mentally while I am physically resting. When you’re done, move on to your second workout and take another break. In fact, having two identities is fun and in a way healthy for me. I believe that focusing on various things during the day and having an independent dialogue nourishes me.

What has changed in your business life after the success of your exercise? Have you ever introduced this or other sport to someone in the office?

First of all, I started from scratch, so many of my company friends couldn’t tell how much I brought this job to my life during the pandemic. But over time, after I started hearing about success in the race, I started to hear very positive things. These made me very happy and motivated. Many of my friends started asking what I was doing and how I was doing it. It’s not a triathlon, but some have started running and others have started cycling. Of course, I also supported them in this process. Sometimes I chose the race, sometimes I chose the technical equipment …

By the way, I usually talk about sports at meetings, but I’m dissatisfied because I can exercise with even a little motivation!

Which is your favorite brunch on the triathlon stage? Swimming, cycling, running?

My favorite sport is cycling. There are never branches in them that I don’t like or somehow feel bad for me. They are all very different. I love running because I can run comfortably anywhere. Exploring new places by bicycle or being in nature is a completely different sensation. At the same time, you do this with people who enjoy being with you. Here she is the most beautiful!

You have been competing in many countries and cities. Where do you want to race from the place that comes to your mind most and the place you haven’t been to yet?

I think the races held in our country are really high quality. I love racing in Turkey. Of course, my experience abroad is more limited. Last year I first finished half a distance in Montenegro. The atmosphere of the race was also very good. I went to the sea surrounded by mountains and enjoyed the scenery while cycling and jogging. Competing with people of different nationalities is also a good experience to compare yourself.

I love different experiences. Instead of going to a similar race in Turkey, I would like to see the tracks that need to be done all over the world. The next race I go to is similar to this. Similarly, there is a triathlon race in the United States called Escape from Alcatraz. I also want to see him. There is also a race called Challenge Roth in Germany. The audience creates a great atmosphere for the contestants. It’s definitely on my to-do list.

There will be an overseas race at the end of July. Please tell us about it. What are your goals for this race?

The race I participate in is really one of the most difficult triathlon races in Europe. Of course, it’s not a full-distance triathlon race, but it’s one of the few half-distance courses. At the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon, you can swim 2.2 km in the dam, pass the bike path and reach an altitude of 3200 m at 118 km. Then you’ll see the finish on a 20km running track on a 320m climb at 1800m. The fact that the bike is very climbing, both the unfamiliar highlands and the slopes while driving make this race really difficult. We know that being a woman in Turkey is difficult in every way. As an idea, I argue that men and women should set aside their physical differences and live under the same conditions as humans. I actually oppose positive discrimination. Our gender should not change our situation. There is still a long way to go. I actually chose this race to raise my own awareness and touch on this issue. As a woman, I start and end with a male athlete in such a tough race. I will fight them. My first goal is to pay attention to this issue and contribute to the recognition of society as much as possible. My second goal is to get good results in this race where I have worked for a long time.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to start this sport?

Everyone starts sports. The important thing is to maintain this motivation. This motive varies from person to person. Some have achieved some degree, while others are losing weight or living a healthy life. I think the most important thing is to be with people who share the same motivation. Friendships have been built there and sports are beginning to become a habit. Continuity is the most important part of the sport. To make progress, we need to repeat what we do. Therefore, it is impossible not to see the result. After getting the result, we start to be satisfied. To experience this journey, you need to take a step first.

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