COACH’S TIPS TRAIL PREP
Research new areas
Look for trails that offer great running and mountain-biking routes. Get muddy and enjoy the new views. Ask your training friends for their advice.
Don’t be afraid
Hit the very hard interval sections on the bike and run with real force. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone on the tough hill rep sessions. They hurt but they help.
Get the right kit
Make sure your mountain bike is up to the job, and you’ll need a decent pair of trail-run shoes if you don’t want to destroy your best trainers.
Enter off-road events
If you enjoy the off-road element of training, look for events that include mountain biking or trail running. These races can really challenge triathletes in very different ways.