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
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.