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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American Football

Adrian Savery played American football as a student at Birmingham University. He now relishes the challenge of triathlon, from the tough Hellvelyn Tri to Upton’s long party weekend.

Benefits: Mental strength and stamina - we trained to keep going even when we were completely exhausted, with endless sprint repetitions. We also worked on explosive speed - good for sprint finishes - through resistance and interval training.

Baggage: The organisation around our football team was very strong. We spent a lot of time analysing performances and identifying weaknesses and were educated about what to do before game day – nutrition, easy exercise, stretching, strategy. I now have to get used to the fact that in triathlon there’s no-one else to rely on – you must think for yourself.

Biggest difference: A big part of American football was team camaraderie which I enjoyed. The best way to find this in triathlon is to get involved in a lively club, which I have at Clapham Chasers.

Verdict: Helpful - especially when compared to cricket, another sport I enjoy, which essentially involves standing in a field for long periods of time and then drinking cider - neither of which are particularly useful!

Picture credit: Thomas Barwick/ 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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