Whether you're serious about racing your first triathlon or you just want to do some cross-training in the pool, there are two types of swimming workouts that offer the most benefits for runners. The first is swimming laps, or endurance swimming, where you
Ratbag at the Bala Tri in June 2005In summer 2004, more than 20 forum members pledged to take on Ironman Switzerland in July 2005 - that's a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile run. Many of them - including Ratbag - were complete triathlon
Weeks 1-3Focus on building up the distances of each discipline and preparing your body for the demands of the race. ➊ You should aim to be able to cover the distances you will be racing. Build up the distances slowly, especially if you're slightly
to stop pesky flies and bugs impacting on your performance. And if racing and training style is high on your list, you can pick from a choice of five colours. The only area for improvement was the inside padding, which could offer a little more comfort
and quick absorption into your system – perfect for the post-exercise period to get back up to speed.These handy sachets are ideal for taking to a race or leaving in your kit bag for post-training rehydration. We liked the blackcurrant flavour, but there
comfortable fit and little risk of indentation marks. If you need to dive into the water at the start of a race, you can be assured these goggles will stay put when you enter the water. We found them to be leak- and fog-resistant too. The larger design might
. "Training rides are prime opportunities to practise race-time eating and drinking strategies," says Eberle. Once you discover a winning formula, you'll approach your next triathlon with a foolproof plan.Change it: Test new foods on shorter rides before
Every day you are bombarded with images of food, facts about food and outright lies about food, and this constant barrage has to compete with what you already think you know about food. Sometimes you just want a few simple questions answered. So that's what we've done. With the r...
When you're sidelined by injury your natural reaction should be to cut back on calories until it's time to return to training - and burning energy. But the healing process demands fuel, too. "It's like fixing a house," says sports dietitian Cynthia Sass. "A crack in the foundatio...
One of the great joys of triathlon is that it gives you the perfect excuse to travel all over the world to take part in races. But if you don't make plans and take precautions you can easily fall victim to sickness or injury and all your hard
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