Triathlon Plus - - Contents - Debbi Marco, Editor

Get to know your heart rate and watch your bike splits im­prove.

My five-year-old son re­cently learned to ride a bike. He was so proud of him­self and af­ter days of de­ter­mined prac­tise, he im­proved no­tice­ably. It’s made him try harder in other ar­eas of his life too, in­clud­ing school.

It’s all too easy to for­get that chil­dren love to suc­ceed and are pre­pared to put in the hard work to get there. Which is why in this is­sue we’ve cho­sen to fo­cus on Ju­nior Triathlon (p41). Across the coun­try there are chil­dren aged eight and above, swim­ming, bik­ing and run­ning their hearts out, achiev­ing so much more than just a medal. If you’d like your child to get in­volved too, we ex­plain how easy and fun it can be.

For those slightly above ju­nior tri level, check out this is­sue’s first timer, Jon Dundee, who is at­tempt­ing his first full dis­tance triathlon at Iron­man Mal­lorca. (p30). Fol­low his progress (and his 12-week train­ing plan) and you could be cross­ing the fin­ish line with Jon – es­pe­cially as we’re giv­ing away VIP en­try to the event, worth £500.

While it’s tempt­ing to train hard and fast, it’s im­por­tant to look af­ter your body, too. We strongly sug­gest you fol­low the eight es­sen­tial yoga moves ev­ery triath­lete should know (p46) a few times a week. You’ll be amazed to see how some ba­sic stretch­ing and length­en­ing can pos­i­tively im­pact your train­ing and race-day per­for­mance. Good luck to all those train­ing and rac­ing this month!

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