CHAL­LENGE YOUR­SELF

Rest­less for some ac­tion now the tri sea­son is over? Duathlon won’t cut it? Then check out these six adren­a­line-fu­elled ad­ven­ture sports de­signed to add thrills and spills to your off-sea­son

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As the triathlon sea­son comes to an end, it’s easy to find your­self in a bit of a slump, un­sure how to keep busy through the off-sea­son. Of course, friends will tell us to put our feet up or get down to the pub. But the in­ner-com­pet­i­tive de­mon in us needs to find a way to keep fit for next year.

Just like skiers look for­ward to the on­set of win­ter, en­durance ath­letes should be em­brac­ing the chance to get out­side and have fun. If it’s dark, grab a head torch or put a pow­er­ful light on your moun­tain bike. If it’s muddy, get some trail-run­ning shoes. If it’s cold, put a warm top on. If it’s rain­ing, grab a Gore-Tex jacket. There’s no rea­son what­so­ever that we can’t fuel our pas­sion through­out these cold, some­times wet, but al­ways re­fresh­ing months.

We’ve cho­sen six sports that all of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent, yet si­mul­ta­ne­ously complement a triath­lete’s off-sea­son train­ing pro­gramme. And be­cause we all like to have a goal and love kit, we’ve also listed some events that will give you a fo­cus over the next few months. Whether it’s trail run­ning in the dark dressed in tweed, tak­ing part in a cy­clocross event, get­ting muddy at an ob­sta­cle course race, hon­ing your nav­i­ga­tion in an ad­ven­ture race, ca­reer­ing down­hill on a moun­tain bike or join­ing your lo­cal club and tak­ing part in a cross-coun­try race – these are just a taster of what’s out there. All you have to do is get out­side!

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