Three Times The Benefits
HERE’S TO SWIMMING, RUNNING AND CYCLING YOUR WAY TO FITNESS. WITHOUT BONKING.
Chamois cream and bonking.
They sound like requirements for an after-hours party, but they’re two of the biggest lessons I learnt from training and racing in triathlons. First, lube saves your ass, thighs (and balls) from chafe. Second, if you don’t fuel up properly in a race (or go too hard, or both), you end up with absolutely no energy. You can’t ever have enough of the first, and you don’t want any of the second – trust me. That’s called bonking, and it’s not the good kind of bonking. It’s what happens when your body overheats, your radiator packs in, and your electronics go haywire – all at once.
The other lessons I learnt from this three-legged sport: it has a great community, and you can get much more out of it by signing up with a training group. Plus, training for different disciplines offers wide-ranging benefits. For example, I found that swimming was great for recovery, and for building up a monster cardio engine. Triathlon training offers plenty of fitness truth bombs – you will learn more about your strengths and weaknesses. And the last big tri lesson: you need to be smart with your pacing, nutrition and race prep – that’s how you avoid the bonk. Our TriathlonGuide(p96) has everything you need to get started, regardless of how long your chosen triathlon race format is. We have a few themes in this jampacked issue. One of them is food: we’ve collected the fittest chefs globally and the best muscle meals (p76), and the hottest (and tastiest) local chilli sauces (p84). Oh – we also show you how to make the ultimate burger (p58). Try it out, and tell us about it (and tag us on your photos).
After you’re done flipping patties, flip the mag to see our slick StyleGuide. Once again, our award-winning style team has outdone themselves – and your wardrobe and personal style are going to benefit. Lastly, watch DStv to see our new TV ad, and the start of our #BetterMan campaign. Then join our movement – we’re making changes, and we want you to be part of them!
EDITOR ARTHUR JONES