Whether you're ready for a new racing challenge, or you just want to become fitter, triathlon training is the answer
Triathlon is hot. In the past five years, participation in the sport of swimming-biking-running has tripled in the UK. It's estimated that nearly 100,000 people in this country will race the triple this year. Who are all these multi-taskers, and why should you join the crowd?
Many triathletes are runners looking for something new to do. Once they try triathlon or triathlon-style cross-training, they often have an unexpected result: they become better runners. Heidi Wilson, 30, from London believes that triathlon revolutionised her running. "I knew I could run faster and stronger but every time I concentrated on training for a marathon, I became injured," she says. "Triathlon training helped me to become a stronger runner and train injury-free." After completing her first triathlon, the Michelob Ultra London Triathlon, Wilson easily broke three hours in the Flora London Marathon.
For runners used to putting one foot in front of the other, going multisport can be intimidating. Swimming and cycling require technique and all that gear. That's why we've put together this triathlon training guide for runners. Whether your goal is to do your first triathlon or just improve your running through cross-training, these expert tips will help you reach any finish line faster.
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