Sporting Past: The Benefits

New to triathlon or taking on new challenges in the off-season? Find out how your other sporting loves can impact on your triathlon progress.

by Jacqueline Wadsworth.

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Maddie Parrott played for a number of clubs, including Next Generation in Bristol where she competed in the county league. She is now a long-distance triathlete and cyclist.

Benefits: Mainly psychological. I loved to win the very close, long matches which required patience, concentration and determination. That’s what you need to succeed in triathlon, especially over longer distances where you need to pace yourself.

Baggage: My squash background has never hindered me in triathlon, in fact it worked the other way round. I started running to improve my fitness in long matches, but running inhibited my flexibility and I started getting injured on court. So I gave up squash, continued running and from there moved into triathlon.

Biggest difference: League squash required commitment to certain times every week, with matches on a Thursday evening, practice and training in the gym on Monday. Triathlon is a far more flexible sport.

Verdict: Helpful - there was a lot that I took from squash to triathlon, like discipline in practice and training, setting clear goals, and the routine of a dynamic warm-up before exercise and cool-down stretching afterwards.

Picture credit: John Terence Turner/ Getty Images

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sqush is a great game, nearly as good as running.
Posted: 02/02/2012 at 20:20

sqush is a great game, nearly as good as running.
Posted: 02/02/2012 at 20:20

is that the noise you make running in the snow or having sex in a bath of angel delight
Posted: 02/02/2012 at 21:28

I thought that said "Squishy is game"...
Posted: 03/02/2012 at 08:00

I was a squash player who turned to Triathlon for fitness, now its Triathlon that's my main sport and only play squash in the winter months, the extra fitness and stamina has made me a better squash player even though I have a 6 month break each year!!

Posted: 13/02/2012 at 12:19

I used to be a cross-country runner, but suffered ankle and achilles injuries so I turned to cycling to give me a new challenge and someone said why don't you try triathlon? That got me thinking...a poor swimmer, good runner, not bad cyclist could really improve overall if I really worked on my swimming. Definitely think that the benefits of my running past are good as you get a feel for how far you can push yourself.  Bring on the triathlon!
Posted: 16/02/2012 at 20:24

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