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So many triath­letes take up the sport af­ter suf­fer­ing re­cur­ring in­juries from other ac­tiv­i­ties.

I thought you might like to hear from some­one who did things the other way round.

Af­ter eight years of fo­cus­ing on triathlon, com­plet­ing races of all dis­tances, it was ob­vi­ous my run was my strong­est dis­ci­pline.

Last au­tumn, I de­cided to take a year off from tri and aim for a sub three-hour marathon.

Run­ning through the win­ter can be tough so I sup­ple­mented run train­ing with turbo ses­sions and a weekly visit to the pool.

So far, so good. How­ever, as the weather picked up I dropped the turbo and swim and upped my run ses­sions to five/six days a week – clock­ing up to 70 miles a week.

All was okay for sev­eral weeks. Then I strained my right calf dur­ing in­ter­val train­ing and was un­able to run for six weeks.

So how did I re­cover in time to post my sub three hour marathon at Lon­don? Yep… turbo ses­sions and pool train­ing.

Les­son learned! Run­ning will al­ways be my favourite and best dis­ci­pline, but by cy­cling and swim­ming, too, we’ve a bet­ter chance of re­main­ing in­jury-free.

Now that the marathon is done and dusted, I’m re­turn­ing to triathlon with re­newed pas­sion. Mark Lawlor, Bold­mere, West Mid­lands Edi­tor says: Good to have you back Mark! All the ex­perts agree that train­ing across three dis­ci­plines re­ally is the key to stay­ing healthy and in­jury free.

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