Ace your triathlon race

It’ s the ul­ti­mate test of en­durance–and this year is the time to em­brace it. Make your­self into a triple threat and race your best triathlon –whether it’ s your first or your 50 th

Men's Fitness - - Contents - Words Joel Snape Pho­tog­ra­phy Glen Bur­rows

It’s one of the ul­ti­mate tests of en­durance. Here’s our ex­pert guide to be­com­ing a bet­ter triath­lete

Marathons? Ev­ery­one in the of­fice has done one. Tough Mud­der? They don’t even give you a tim­ing chip. For the man in search of a se­ri­ous self-test, in short, a triathlon is fast be­com­ing the best op­tion. It won’t just test your en­durance and for­ti­tude, it’ll force you to learn new skills and con­front weak­nesses.

“Triathlon, out of all the sports I have tried, is a huge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the amount you learn be­tween your first and sec­ond races,” says Toby Gar­bett, a two-time world cham­pion Bri­tish rower and a com­pet­i­tive triath­lete. “This is one of the things that makes it so ap­peal­ing – there’s lots to learn and so much im­prove­ment to be made.”

The sprint dis­tance is a good op­tion for your first time out but your true tar­get should be an Olympic race, which means a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. You’ll spend about 20% of your time in the wa­ter, half on the bike and the rest on your feet, so split your train­ing ac­cord­ingly – you can do a cou­ple of ses­sions a week of each, but aim to spend the most time cy­cling. Build tech­nique as well as en­durance and you’ll be well on the way to Mon­day-morn­ing show-off fod­der.

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