220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon February 2020

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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13 Issues

in this issue

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. 2020 racing ambition? “I’m taking a year off the ITU age-group champs, so I fancy a bucket-list iron race. The Brutal perhaps?!” HELEN WEBSTER 220’s editor made the move from marathons to tri six years ago. Happiest when in the open water, she also competes…

1 min.
3 of the best

UNDER £20 SUPREME NUTRITION £18 This concentrated shake offers 31g of whey protein per 40g serving, and as whey is faster acting than milk-derived casein, it maximises muscle repair. The salted caramel taste is good, but there’s a £1.29 cost-per-serving. supremenutrition. UNDER £30 WYLDSSON PROTEIN £29.99 This vegan drink replaces traditional whey with a pumpkin, pea and sunflower protein blend, which gives 20.3g of protein per serving. It mixes well and is tasty enough, although dominated by the pea flavour. wyldsson.com UNDER £45 OTE £42.50 Each serving of OTE’s Soya Protein Drink offers 25g of essential proteins and 19g of carbohydrates to aid the recovery process. There are also electrolytes for rehydrating the body and vitamins for an immune system boost. It’s also gluten- and dairy-free. otesports.co.uk…

1 min.
fitsports fit suit

Launched by Ben Eldridge, a former BSc sports technology student, FIT is new, but its debut wetsuit is worthy of attention. A key feature of the FIT (Frequency, Intensity, Time) suit is the inclusion of ‘bio-ceramic infrared reflection’ technology located beneath the neoprene. This is said to return naturally emitted infrared rays back to your muscles as you swim, reportedly improving blood circulation and thermoregulation, allowing muscles to work harder. There are relatively lean levels of Yamamoto neoprene throughout, with the thickness of the shoulders coming in at 1.5mm, the torso 2mm, the upper legs 3mm (compared to 4-5mm for most wetsuits) and the lower legs 2mm. FIT claims the suit can reduce T1 speed, thanks to the 1.5mm ‘flexi’ cuffs and shorter 3/4 lengths of both the arms and legs, a design…

3 min.
weight loss offers no gains

Six years ago I stepped into a Bod-Pod, an egg-shaped capsule reminiscent of the late, great Robin Williams’ spacecraft from the opening credits of Mork & Mindy. It was in the GlaxoSmithKline high performance test lab in west London and its objective was to measure my body composition. On first impressions, it was an impressive piece of hi-tech kit, spitting out all manner of data concerning body fat percentages, and had the gravitational pull of a set of bathroom scales! Times change and I now recoil at this harmless one-off test because I’ve become militant in seeing weight management for performance as a destructive measure. Its role as a crude proxy might appear to have merit, but it’s reasoning that’s heavily flawed, horribly short-term, and any temporary validation is more than outweighed by…

1 min.
measure fatigue to avoid bad decisions

Wondering whether your credit card can take a battering for that coveted carbon bike? Research suggests you should lock away your Amex. A team led by Bastien Blain examined the impact of exercise on decision-making and found that when we’re fatigued, our ability to make pragmatic choices is hindered. Thirty-seven male triathletes split into two groups followed the same nine-week training programme, apart from a three-week block where the overreaching group undertook a 40% greater training load. The researchers then gauged behaviour via a series of economic-choice games. The men measured their fatigue levels using a questionnaire and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Unsurprisingly, the heavier training load group reported extreme tiredness, which led to more impulsive decision-making. Why? ‘Diminished activation of the lateral prefrontal cortex, a key region of the…

2 min.
“i needed a goal to get better for”

Two years ago, when I was 35, I had a full hysterectomy. After the surgery, they diagnosed me with cervical cancer. It was a huge shock. If I hadn’t had other gynaecological conditions, I wouldn’t have known I had cervical cancer until it was serious, because I’d missed my cervical smear tests. I came up with the idea for the Sea to Summit challenge when I was recovering in hospital. I really wanted something to focus on – I needed a goal to get better for. I’d done lots of Ironmans and slightly crazy challenges before, so I knew it had to be big. So last September I set off to swim the English Channel, cycle 544 miles to Chamonix and then climb Mont Blanc. My target was five days and…