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220 Triathlon March 2020

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220 Triathlon is the UK’s No.1 selling Triathlon magazine and brings together all the finest elements of the world’s fastest growing sport in a visually stunning and practical format.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

A friend of mine recently voiced a concern which many others will share at this time of year. Her worry? ‘There are so many races I want to do this year, but I don’t have the time!’ Now, this friend is talented and ambitious, but already juggling a uni course, two part-time jobs and family life. Her race goals for the year included ‘some’ triathlons and duathlons, a long open-water swim event and two big trail running races. Too much? Maybe, but she also wanted to excel in every race. If this sounds like you, then you should find plenty in this issue to inspire and support you. From Ruth Purbrook who trained for Kona while working 70 hours a week (p32) to Tim Don’s tips for building new-season fitness…

2 min.
the best triathlon kit reviews

We take gear testing seriously – you need to know that the kit you buy will help you reach your goals in all three disciplines and work as hard as you on race day. Our test team is made up of experienced triathletes, cyclists and runners who test each product that appears in 220 to the max during training and racing, rating it honestly for performance and value. JACK SEXTY A triathlete since blowing his student loan on a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman at Lanzarote in 2016. Tri on a budget tip “Buy tri shorts instead separate swim and run shorts as you can use them for all three sports.” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri seven years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she also competes…

1 min.
run in winter on a budget

1 From Amazon comes the Eono Essentials Men’s Softshell Jacket. It’s windproof, has an adjustable hood, elasticated hem, drawcord and zipped hand and chest pockets, all for just £25.99. 2 Soothing your wintertime aches and pains is the Ultimate Performance Foam Roller (£19.99), a solid, lightweight (660g) and portable roller that’ll improve flexibility and core strength. 3 Boasting two white-light brightness settings, the 60-lumen Lomo Peak head torch (£6) is a versatile kit-cupboard essential for running in low-level light on roads and trails. It takes AAA batteries, but still only weighs in at 85g. 4 The key temperature-regulating element in this Kalenji Run Warm+ top (£19.99) from Decathlon is the high collar, which will keep you toasty for the first 1-2km of your run, then can be rolled down once comfortable. Has thumb…

3 min.
foot race to arms race

Around 15 years ago a little-known company called Spira Footwear developed a pair of running shoes with springs in them. The patented technology claimed to reduce the impact on a runner’s feet, leading to easier recovery and less overall exertion. The IAAF, the athletics governing body now rebranded as World Athletics, clamped down, invoking rule 143.2, which states shoes ‘must not be constructed so as to give athletes any unfair assistance or advantage,’ and left Spira’s founder, Andy Krafsur, lamenting: “There are politics involved. If Nike came out with our tech, their shoes would be allowed.” “The reality is the big brands with their sponsorship bucks call the shots” Spira closed in 2016 and Krafsur died in April, but his words proved prophetic. Now any competitive road race is replete with a sea…

1 min.
eat a potato to boost athletic performance

Suffering from flavour fatigue? The answer to your sugary prayers might come from a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois, who’ve suggested that potato is as effective as gels for boosting athletic performance. The team, led by professor Nicholas Burd, recruited a dozen cyclists who were assigned to one of three groups, fuelled by either water, energy gels or a potato purée. “We found no difference between the performance of the cyclists who consumed 60g of carbohydrates from either the commercial energy gel or the potato purée.” Burd said. The physiological parameters were similar, too, with blood-glucose concentrations and heart rate rising to a similar degree. Arguably, that’s not surprising as though potato is a starchy vegetable, many have a high GI rating, meaning they rapidly increase blood-sugar levels. However, potatoes…

2 min.
“in the water i can still get scared”

What I sometimes say to people is that I don’t really want to relive the accident again because it was a big trauma for two days, but it was afterwards that I really started living my life. It developed me as a person, and it opened my eyes to how I want to live my life. It was intense at the time, but in the end it brought me a lot of things. [In 2014, Els, then 24, was backpacking solo around Indonesia after finishing a medical internship in Bali when the small boat she was travelling on sank in the middle of the night with no means to raise the alarm. After an eight-hour swim to the closest island, Els and another passenger were eventually rescued.] I still have flashbacks…