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220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon July 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.

Country:
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...

Mid-season is time to pause and give yourself a big pat on the back (go on, do it now!). Any tri is an achievement and whether you’re taking on a super-sprint or a double-Ironman I strongly believe that deciding to compete in any distance is something amazing. Recently though, signs are pointing towards a real rise in popularity of the 70.3. This is possibly down to the ‘Ali Brownlee effect’ as he smashes race after race, or it could be just because more triathletes are realising it’s a distance that is still a serious challenge, but without the demands of training for a full Ironman. Either way, we decided to ask a series of pros for their top tips for 70.3 this issue. Find them on p36. Whichever distance you’re…

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 220dep ed Rob has been riding and racing bikes on and off-road for over 20 years. Favourite piece of kit The one thing I can’t live without is my trusty Focus road bike. JACK SEXTY A triathlete since blowing his student loan on a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman at Lanzarote in 2016. Favourite piece of kit My 2xu X-Vent tri shorts for their functionality. HELEN…

1 min.
the big pic

1 min.
how to shield your immune system for big tri gains

Triathlon – the perfect medicine to cure all ills. But there is one downside. Pushing yourself too hard in the search for peak performance suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to picking up an infection. The result? A spell twitching your thumbs and unsettling all those around you. Thankfully, in a recent issue of the European Journal of Sport Science, Professor Neil Walsh of Bangor University has delved into the science and prescribed key ways to bolster your defences. These include: never swim, bike and run when you’re showing below-the-neck symptoms; plan a recovery or adaptation week, where you cut training time, every third week; aim for at least 7hrs sleep each night; and carefully manage training stress. That last one’s particularly relevant to triathletes, who are often…

3 min.
competition isn’t everything

“Being attacked for being a transgender woman doing sports doesn’t help anyone” It’s a topic emotive as it is complex, but before becoming lost in the minutiae of laws designed to ensure fair competition, let’s briefly consider the human aspect... In 2003, aged 30, sedentary and obese, Warren lost 50kg in a year, became an Ironman finisher, and proudly represented New Zealand at age-group level for a decade. Yet any nerves before racing back then pale when compared to the anxiety now felt at the notion of simply turning up at the local pool for a recreational swim. So, as we begin to discuss eligibility, do not think that standing atop a podium is anything like the priority any more. Warren is now Serah Sutherland, a transgender triathlete from Wellington. Articulate and engaging, she’s…

1 min.
dhb hydron

Dhb, Wiggle’s in-house brand, largely impressed us with their Classic and Blok tri-suits last season, but they’ve once again stepped things up in 2018 with the all-new Aeron Lab and Hydron ranges. While we’ll be focussing on the techy former next issue, the wallet-friendly Hydron seen here has a broader remit, targeted at beginner and intermediate triathletes alike. Straight out of the box and it’s clear the well-crafted design boasts plenty of short-course friendliness, with two neatly-sized rear pockets for gels; mesh panels along the spine, under the arms for ventilation and on the inner of the pockets; and a full-length internal zip guard. The lean chamois comes courtesy of industry favourites CyTech and has been designed for riding in the aero position, while there are flat-lock stitching and silicon leg grippers located…