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220 Triathlon May 2018

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

What’s the worst thing to see against your name – a DNS (did not start) or a DNF (did not finish)? Well, having experienced both myself over the last year, I can tell you with authority that a DNS is far, far, worse. Okay, so nobody wants a DNF, but at least if you start you have the excitement of turning up, the optimism of planning the race ahead and the chance to take in the atmosphere of the day. Plus, chances are, a DNF will often be for reasons beyond your control. The DNS, by contrast is a nasty little beast made up of true disappointment and lost dreams – which is why in this issue we’ve decided to show you how to avoid it. Whether it’s injury, interrupted…

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. ROB BANINO Former 220 dep ed Rob has been riding and racing bikes on and off-road for over 20 years. May goals Testing seven sets of performance eyewear for next month’s test. JACK SEXTY A serious triathlete since blowing his student loan a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman last year in Lanza. May goals To hit my goal race weight ahead of the ITU Worlds qualifying races. HELEN…

1 min.
from the vault issue 117

Much like today, ‘Fit kit’ was the big sell for us back in the year 2000, although 18 years ago there was a touch more flesh on show thanks to a fetching three-page spread of the very latest trisuits and two-pieces (head to p61 for our 2018 sleeved recommendations). The issue also celebrated the 16th edition of Ironman New Zealand, a race that’s still going strong to this day (see p104 to get the lowdown on this epic race by the 2018 women’s winner Laura Siddall, the first-ever British victor over the Kiwi course). In 2000, Germany’s Thomas ‘Hell on wheels’ Hellriegel broke the course record in 8:22:46, which was bested in 2018 by New Zealander Terenzo Bozzone, who won the event at his sixth time of asking in 7:59:56. Elsewhere in the…

1 min.
the big pic

1 min.
keep alcohol consumption low to train strong

We all know alcohol and peak sporting performance don’t mix, but why? Well it’s something a team in New Zealand recently looked at, but be warned – it’s not easy reading! ‘Highlights’ from the meta-analysis include impaired muscle repair and growth due to alcohol inhibiting protein synthesis, with fast-twitch fibres (associated with power) particularly susceptible. The team also showed that alcohol detrimentally impacts hormonal balance so that a range of factors, including sleep quality, mood, metabolism and cardiovascular function, are all affected. As if that wasn’t enough, it also impacts the immune system by interrupting what the team terms ‘a complex inflammatory response, typically characterised by alterations in hormone levels’. So, all bad? Not necessarily, as a low dose of alcohol (under 0.5g/kg bodyweight) ‘is unlikely to be detrimental’. One 175ml wine…

2 min.
grin, and bear it for longer

Eliud Kipchoge completed a half-marathon on the Monza race track in Italy in 59:19mins, and sporting a beaming smile declared it a “60% effort”. Who was he trying to kid? Everybody. But mainly himself, because cultivating a positive mindset was going to pay dividends in the greater test to come. This trial run was in the build-up to last year’s attempt by Nike to find a human capable of dipping below the magical 2hr mark for a marathon. The Kenyan would eventually miss the mark by a mere 26secs. The experiment is the oft-visited topic of scientist Alex Hutchinson’s excellent book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. The writer attributes endurance feats to a mix of genetics, training and mindset, and sets out to explore the role…