How Do You Train For A Triathlon?
A triathlon is a huge test of physical and mental ability and stamina – The Outlaw Challenge is no different. Consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and finished off with a 26.2 mile run this is a true test of a competitor’s limits. Therefore it is vital to make sure that you have put in the right amount of training in all the disciplines covered in order to stand a chance of finishing.
We Spoke To Thom about how his training was going and this is what he had to say:
Personally, I still find the whole event quite crazy in terms of the distance and I’m not sure what I’ve let myself in for. However, after speaking to some very experienced triathletes who are also competing in the event, it’s now less daunting.
The swim was quite a daunting prospect, but I have been training quite hard to improve my technique and increase my distance which has increased to 3 km training sessions in the pool. I’m just looking forward to summer arriving so I can go for a swim in the lake.
I have a couple of good training events happening this week to push the distance on my running and cycling. Firstly, I have organised a 24 hour spinning challenge on Thursday so I will be doing a minimum of 12 hours on the bike. This should be a challenging training session as it heads into the night. I will then be joining members of the local running club in getting the train to Redmire and running the 18 miles back to Bedale. This will be a good stepping stone as I have already begun to increase the distance that I have been cycling and running.
It feels as though I still have a lot of work to do but my training is all coming together and there is just under three months left until the big day. I hope that it will all pay off and to iron out any creases, I have entered Ripon triathlon which is three weeks before outlaw.
Triathlon Tips from Hydroblast
Here at Hydroblast we’ve put together a few tips for any aspiring Triathletes who might feel the
wish to step up their game like Thom although maybe not as extreme as the Outlaw Challenge!
- Take open water swimming at your own pace – it’s a different environment to the swimming pool and when you practise, have a target in mind – start your training slow and build it up – the key is to relax and not rush your stroke.
- The bike section – here it’s all about the distance you ride in practise, the more you do the more you become accustomed to it and will be able to push yourself harder. Thom recently took part in an 11 hour spinning session at RAF Leeming as a way to push himself further – a great way of building yourself up (not necessarily for that long so early in)
- The Running Section – if all you’re used to doing is gentle runs, then you need to build yourself up. Walk for a minute and run for a minute alternatively to begin with. Try and increase the length of this session every time you do it.
- When it comes to training, make a plan and stick to it – have a day off to make sure you have recovery time, as well as aiming to eat well and sleep well
Hydroblast are proud shirt sponsors for Thom on his quest to complete The Outlaw Challenge – keep checking back for more updates on how the training is going! Remember that you can donate to Thom’s JustGiving page in aid of the NDCS and help a great cause.