Three Times The Benefits

HERE’S TO SWIM­MING, RUN­NING AND CYCLING YOUR WAY TO FIT­NESS. WITHOUT BONK­ING.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - EDITOR -

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

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