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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Triathlon attracts a huge number of people from other sports. Get chatting at a race or at the club and you’ll hear about everything from football to orienteering, and kayaking to mountain biking. It seems that after years of specialising in one sport, swim-bike-run is just the sort of challenge some people are looking for. But how helpful are their former sports when it comes to doing well in triathlon?

We asked seven triathletes from different sporting backgrounds to sum up their experiences: which sports gave them clear benefits, what baggage held them back, the biggest differences, and their verdict: help or hindrance?

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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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