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220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon June 2021

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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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor...

Triathletes tend to be outdoor creatures, but after months of being locked out of gyms and pools, I’ve heard from so many readers who were busy booking lane sessions as soon as centres reopened. We’ll never again complain about drill sets or the tang of chlorine! This issue of 220 has a similarly positive tone, as we look ahead to the return of racing (p28) and ask you to assess your fitness ahead of being competitive again (p35). Much as the last year has been tough in so many ways, though, there has been some good stuff too. On p22 writer Tim Heming reports from inside the Super League Arena Games – the high octane indoors tri format that has the potential to really boost our sport. Fingers crossed for…

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the big pic

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on cloudswift

On’s concept of ‘soft landings followed by explosive take-offs’ to avoid injury is the main goal of their latest shoe in the ‘Cloud’ range. Its release follows on from the older ‘CloudFlash’, which is a minimal shoe built for short road racing. In comparison, the chunky Cloudswift (weighing in at a substantial 282g) is focussed on providing adequate support and cushioning to cope with the demands of running on hard surfaces, with a re-engineered Speedboard and 7mm drop that’s designed to optimise the natural rolling and push-off motion of the foot. The recycled mesh upper has an inner sock lining that can be tightened with laces, which should allow for a snug yet adjustable fit, while the perforated fabric aims to increase breathability and comfort. Internal reinforcements in the forefoot, including a…

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3 of the best men’s cycling gilets

UNDER £40 VAN RYSEL TEAM £39.99 Built to protect against front-on windchill, the Team gilet also claims to be water-resistant while the entire back section is made of moisture-wicking mesh. A cosy felt-lined collar provides further warmth. decathlon.co.uk UNDER £60 GIRO CHRONO EXPERT £59.99 This compactible gilet is designed to act as a barrier against wind and cold temps. There’s a breathable, perforated back section, a soft zip garage and collar with reflective details. giro.co.uk UNDER £100 PEARSON INS AND OUTS £90 From family-owned Surrey brand, Pearson, this windproof, reflective gilet has a zipped back pocket for valuables, a water-repellent design and back air vents, which also provide access to jersey pockets. pearson1860.com…

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sleep well, train better

Research shows that disrupted sleep over a few days results in a loss of power output, fatigue and poor decision-making. Those who train late, especially higher-intensity sessions like fartleks, are also susceptible to poor sleep. But what can be done? According to a narrative review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, led by Professor Neil Walsh, quite a bit. First, recognise how much sleep you need. Around 7-9hrs is broadly fine for a healthy adult. If your training load’s high, look to the top end; lower volume, lower end. Naps are also key, especially if you’ve trained early or are training late. Squeezing in 30mins or less between the post-lunch dip of 1pm to 4pm is a wise idea. Research also shows that while athletes are likely to be morning chronotypes…

3 min.
does cross-training work? ask beth potter

The endurance worlds of running and triathlon collided. The traditional one was startled, scrambling to the Power of 10 online rankings to look up this phenom. Triathlon, the irritating upstart, was elated in seeing an athlete switch to multisport and only improve on already formidable footspeed. What was supposed to be a lowkey 5km road race in Lancashire turned into a barnstormer as GB’s Beth Potter ran the fastest time ever over the distance. 14:41. No words. Just her hands over her mouth . Whether ratified, whether her new Asics Metaspeed Sky shoes made the difference, or whether it was just a perfect storm of calm conditions, peak training, few expectations and being carried by a wave of faster male athletes, what was clear was the Scot travelled at express pace. “Paula Radcliffe…