220 Triathlon

220 Triathlon November 2017

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...

Here we are then. The thermal run kit is back out of the cupboard and the supermarkets are (already!) stocking mince pies... Yes, the off-season is here! Now’s the time to review how your year’s gone, look back over races conquered and take some well-earned downtime. But before you start kicking back completely and decide it’s time to hibernate for six months though, think again. Just because it’s a bit chilly outside and the race calendar is looking slim, doesn’t mean there’s nothing to keep triathletes busy. From epic autumn adventures to ways to stay strong all year, we’re here this issue with plenty of ideas to make sure you keep in shape and continue to enjoy your training. Get out there!…

3 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. November goals Heading over to the MTB trails in the Forest of Dean to get some off-road mileage in. JACK SEXTY A serious triathlete since blowing his student loan on a bike, sub-2hr Olympic athlete Jack moved to Ironman last year in Lanza. November goals Some long and…

1 min.
the big pic

Competitors cling to the rock face during one of 52 transitions at the 2017 ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Champs. The course covers 10km of open-water swimming and 65km of trail running, and was won in a time of 7:58:06.…

1 min.
swear your !%&*ing way to victory

Chrissie Wellington might have dug race-winning depths with a smile spread over her face but, it seems, our Hawaii legend could have competed even faster fuelled by a tirade of expletives. Scientists at Keele University had 29 subjects twice undertake a 30sec bike test, one mute, the other swearing. Lead psychologist Richard Stephens observed that the group’s peak power rose by an average 24 watts when their cadence was accompanied by cursing. Stephens also noted that another group of 52 people increased their hand-grip test max by the equivalent of 2.1kg when squeezing to the backdrop of obscenities. In both tests, the author observed that heart rate didn’t rise when swearing, leaving Stephens to comment: “Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be…

2 min.
the man who made triathlon

“He stuck to his socialist principles and fought hard for the underdog” TIM HEMING Cutting through the spin of tri to address the issues that matter, Tim is also a sports journalist for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. A pugnacious communist and proud feminist from coal mining roots in the north east should go down as the most influential figure in triathlon history. “Les McDonald was unique,” Sarah Springman, the former president of British Triathlon, says. “A man who pursued his vision almost to the exclusion of everything else.” It’s no exaggeration to say this naturalised Canadian, who was raised in Felling upon Tyne, near Newcastle, revolutionised multisport, both in governance, with the formation of the International Triathlon Union, and in competition, as swim, bike, run abandoned its non-drafting origins in…

1 min.
zone3 vision keri-anne

The Vision from Zone3 is already one of the best entry-level suits money can buy, but they’ve now produced a women’s-specific upgrade in collaboration with the double world champion swimmer, Keri-anne Payne. “Having worn plenty of wetsuits in my time, being able to design my own woman’s wetsuit that is both stylish and functional is a dream come true,” said Payne at the launch. The wetsuit shares the same technology as Zone3’s existing Vision – with 5mm buoyancy on the legs and 2mm stretch neoprene across the arms and shoulders – but is specifically-designed for female swimmers. It has a body-shaping design and the graphics reflect the technical cues of her ‘Straight Line Swimming’ methodology, with a ‘K’ on the shoulder to remind you to keep your head low and…