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EASY LACES As runners you will already have the running shoes you need, but

triathletes often use specialist laces which enable them to get their shoes on more quickly, for example Geepers quick release laces, £7.95 per pair.

TRAIN RIGHT FOR SWIMMING When you start to train, look at getting more hours in in the pool

and on the bike. Russell Cox says swimming is often the weakest event. “Swimming is very technical, so if you don’t know how to swim properly then it will be worth joining a swimming club or getting some swimming coaching,” says Russell, who is based in Reading, Berkshire. “Make sure you build up distance so you can cover the distance you have to swim for your triathlon.” Open water swimming features mass

starts, which can be intimidating, even for strong experienced swimmers, says Ed Pratt. “It’s hard when you’re surrounded by other swimmers, no one can see where they are going and there’s some churn in the water,” says Ed. “For that reason, it’s worth joining a triathlon club to practise swimming in groups. Swimming in a wetsuit also gives your body a different buoyancy. For safety reasons, you should never go open water swimming alone.”

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GET THE TRANSITION MASTERED The transition in a triathlon is the

time between the events, which involves getting changed where necessary and finding your bike. In shorter events such as a sprint, the transition is important as it could account for a major part of your time. “On the day your adrenaline will be high so you will need a plan to save you from panicking,” advises Russell Cox. “You can practise this beforehand by laying out the clothes you will need for the transition and making a note of a landmark where they and your bike will be. Ironman triathletes use this time as a chance to get themselves together.”

REMEMBER THE BENEIFTS Because you will be training in three different sports, you’ll be

using your muscles in different ways and you may well reduce your chance of injury, and reap the benefits of cross

training, according to Ed Pratt. Start triathlon training as you would train for any other sport – by gradually building up the distances. Whichever sport you’re training in, it will help your cardiovascular fitness and improve your performance in the other two.

most famous of the triathlete training camps and events, and host to the annual Ironman Lanzarote which sells out every year. Ironman Lanzarote 2011 takes place on 21st May 2011. It is one of the qualifying races for the Ford Ironman World Championship that takes place every year in Hawaii. Training camps are held throughout the year including the beginner’s course, Learn to Tri Smarter Triathlon Camp with Joe Beer & team. Find out more at ■ run a whole host of training weekends and bootcamps as well as specialist online training programmes and schedule advice. ■ organise events and have a whole host of workshops and training weekends. ■ Tri-topia offers triathlon training holidays in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Onsite facilities include gym, sauna and endless pool. Accommodating complete beginners to elite, families and partners are also very welcome on these great holidays. can help with online training plans, group coaching and bespoke one-to-one programmes for anyone wanting to improve.


CAMPS, COACHES & TRI-HOLIDAYS ■ Club La Santa is perhaps the

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