Virgin Active London Triathlon Countdown

From race day strategies to post-event recovery, we've got all the advice you need ahead of the Virgin Active London Triathlon 2011



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This weekend brings more than 13,000 triathletes on a quest to swim, cycle and run around some of the capital's most iconic landmarks. The London Triathlon, an IMG Challenger World Event, returns for its 15th year and it continues to hold its status as the world's biggest triathlon.

Whatever the distance you're taking on or your level of experience, we've brought together all the advice you need ahead of the event into this handy hub. We'll also be snapping you as you wind past Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, so remember to smile for the cameras and check back next week for our photo galleries. Last but not least, good luck!

The Final Countdown

With only a week to go, we've got the answers to your last-minute questions and the expert advice to help you prepare for the perfect race day.

Triathlete's World Fab Four

Catch up with the progress of our London Triathlon contenders as they take on the Olympic distance this weekend. As the big day approaches, follow the forum threads of Kate K, James, Paul and Kate L to see how they're coping with last-minute jitters - and remember to pass on your top race day tips.

Race Day Etiquette

Good racing manners go a long way in triathlons with marshals and fellow competitors. Doing the wrong thing could even spell the end of your race. Swot up on our essential rules to get a racing gold star.

Forums

Make a beeline for the London Triathlon thread to find out which of our forumites will be lining up at the startline and share your last minute advice and post-race reports.

Post-Race Celebrations

Once you've finished the race and knocked back a well-deserved drink, make sure you keep us posted about your triathlon triumph. Tell us your race stories via Facebook and Twitter, then send your photos to editor@triathletesworld.co.uk to feature in our London Triathlon 2011 gallery.

Recovery Rules

You can expect a few aches and twinges in the first few days after the event. Kickstart your recovery by tucking into a nutritious meal packed with protein and carbohydrates. Ease off training for the following week, sticking to gentle spinning or swimming sessions to loosen your muscles. After months of hard training, your body deserves some rest and recovery.

What next?

Whether you've ticked off your first or fiftieth race, we're keen to keep your passion for triathlon going strong. Make the most of your hard-won fitness by tackling a local event, take on one of our racing highlights or set yourself a new challenge.


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