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Training for the triathlon

Well, another year older, deeper in debt, and another triathlon season ahead! This year’s London Triathlon takes place on 7 and 8 August; I’ll be taking part in order to raise funds for Concern’s work in Liberia.

All serious athletes can ignore this personal training blog: they know what to do anyway. This is for people more like me, with no pretensions to stardom.

Personal goals

We can all have our personal goals, of course, whether it’s just to finish one leg of a relay, or the individual event, or a particular personal best. I have mine, but it’s a well-guarded secret.

Competing in a triathlon is much easier on the body than, say, marathon running, and the all-round fitness required has to be good for us, doesn’t it? Just getting fit will be good enough of a goal for many. Raising money for Concern makes it all the more satisfying.

Training all winter

I am, however, brave (or foolish) enough to do the whole Olympic triathlon on my own, so I’ve been active all through the winter. Getting up early to train when it’s so dark and cold outside is not always easy: and that’s just on the way to the Tube! Everyone knows me at my gym, even the cleaners, since I’m there five or six days a week. Fortunately we have a pool, so I can train in swimming as well as running and cycling.

Weight exercises

My gym training was more focused on weight exercises earlier in the winter. The idea of the weight training is to make sure your body parts hold up to the strain when you increase your swimming, running and cycling, as well as giving you the power to do these things harder and faster. From high weights/few repetitions, I’ve now progressed to low weights/high repetitions. This is supposed to build endurance.

I’m lucky enough to have a good personal trainer. If you haven’t got one, but you are a gym member, it’s worth having even a couple of supervised sessions, just to make sure you’re on the right track with your exercises.

In my next post, I’ll show you my training diary and you can tell me if you’re ahead of me or behind!