KEEP TRI-ING AND STAY INJURY FREE
So many triathletes take up the sport after suffering recurring injuries from other activities.
I thought you might like to hear from someone who did things the other way round.
After eight years of focusing on triathlon, completing races of all distances, it was obvious my run was my strongest discipline.
Last autumn, I decided to take a year off from tri and aim for a sub three-hour marathon.
Running through the winter can be tough so I supplemented run training with turbo sessions and a weekly visit to the pool.
So far, so good. However, as the weather picked up I dropped the turbo and swim and upped my run sessions to five/six days a week – clocking up to 70 miles a week.
All was okay for several weeks. Then I strained my right calf during interval training and was unable to run for six weeks.
So how did I recover in time to post my sub three hour marathon at London? Yep… turbo sessions and pool training.
Lesson learned! Running will always be my favourite and best discipline, but by cycling and swimming, too, we’ve a better chance of remaining injury-free.
Now that the marathon is done and dusted, I’m returning to triathlon with renewed passion. Mark Lawlor, Boldmere, West Midlands Editor says: Good to have you back Mark! All the experts agree that training across three disciplines really is the key to staying healthy and injury free.