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TRIATHLON is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and it is becoming increasingly popular in Asia as people try to push their endurance just that bit further.
Triathlon comprises a swim, followed by a cycle ride and then a run, which are all completed back-to-back with a ‘transition’ between each. It is just one of a range of multisport events that are being tackled by athletes of all levels, and all shapes and sizes, who want something more than a simple one event race to participate in.
Distances vary from super sprints, which are a 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, to Ironman which is a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and then a 42.2km run. (see box) In fact, it is possible to do a double Ironman, which is double all the Ironman distances, and a deca-Ironman, which is a mind boggling 38km swim, 1800km bike and 422km run.
Everything up to Ironman is completed in a single day, a double will go over 24 hours and anything up to 36 hours, while a deca will be completed over an entire week. Yes, it is non-stop – well, with as little sleep as you can manage anyway. But do not let the distances put you off getting started.
Dan Roberts of Dan Roberts Training, who is the fitness guru for a number of Hollywood A-listers, used to live in Thailand as a pro athlete, and has worked as a fitness consultant in India and Singapore. He recommends starting small to begin with if you are just getting into your fitness, and then building up to a triathlon.
He said: “Start with 10k run – I say this because running is easier to do and there are loads of 10k races all over Asia – and you can see if you enjoy it. Then start swimming or cycling. If you can do two disciplines reasonably well, then doing a tri is Irona good goal. You should start off with sprint tris then move on to more challenging distances.”
It may seem daunting, but there are plenty of ways to get involved, and one of the best starting points is to find a local club to see if you can get some guidance from more experienced multisport racers. To find clubs in your location, there are a number of triathlon federations across Asia (see list) which will help you get together with likeminded people. It is not a cheap sport to be involved in, as there is a lot of equipment needed.
For example, you may need to use a wetsuit to swim in open water, you might want to get a tri suit – a special all-in-one Lycra outfit that is skin tight and prevents drag in the water and on the bike – and you most certainly need a good pair of running shoes. There is also the question of getting a bike to use for the cycle section. It is possible to get lots of this kit second hand, as triathletes are infamous for buying new kit to ‘bling’ up their bikes or improve other kit, so there is often good quality kit available from other triathletes. This is another good reason to join a club, as you can often pick up some pre-loved bargains that are still in good shape from clubmates.
Training for a triathlon is essential – even the shortest events can be punishing, as putting the three sports together back-to-back is harder than many people imagine, even for sprint distances. If you can get some training tips from a club, then so much the better. Often they will have coaches who will help you with techniques too, such as improving your transition speed – the changeover from swim to bike and bike to run, known as transition 1 or T1 and transition 2 or T2.
If you need, or prefer to train alone you can get some training plans online that will stand you in good stead. For example, you can pick up free training programmes online at www.triathlongeek.com which will give you a 14-week sprint triathlon training programme to follow. If you are looking at get into multisport events, going straight to a triathlon may seem a little daunting.
But you can start off with some smaller events and work your way up. Other multisport events include an Aquathon – swim/run, or an Aquabike – swim/bike – or a duathlon which is run/bike/run. Nutrition plays a big part in triathlons too, as the extended period you are exercising for means you have to make sure you are properly hydrated, and you may also need to take on some food while you are racing too.
Sarah Coope, a former top pro triathlete who placed third in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, has been European Triathlon champion six times, and has been British Triathlon many more times, said it is vital to get your nutrition right, even for short events.
She added: “Even for a 5k it is vital to make sure you eat and drink correctly, but this becomes even more vital as the distance increases to enable you to finish a race. You need to prepare beforehand, and make sure you recover properly after you finish the race.
“Try to get into the habit of drinking little and often throughout the day, and if you are very active you will need at least three litres of water a day, more if you are living and training in a hot climate. You need to be able to eat and drink while you are running and cycling, which will take some practice. So make sure you are doing this when you are in training. One golden rule is never to try anything new on race day, as a different energy drink or form of nutrition can really upset your stomach.”
Triathlon is really starting to take off in Asia, and there have already been a number of Asian training and development camps for junior and under 23 athletes. The latest was in Seogwipo, Jeju, Korea, where 13 triathletes and coaches were put through their paces under the auspices of the International Triathlon Union.
Libby Burrell, Development Director for the ITU, said athlete development camps such these are a great learning opportunity for coaches and athletes alike, and that this plan would no doubt show itself with more Asian triathletes on top of ITU podiums around the world.
“This year the ASTC took a high performance approach for their annual camp using strict standards for selection of participants in the hope that these identified athletes will represent the new generation of Asian triathlon stars on the world stage.
“This is the first of several future camps where the progress of these athletes will be monitored and developed. ASTC has the athletes with the talent to win medals at major events, and this project is just one of the many ways they plan to do just this.”
Ki Woo Kyong, the Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) Sport Development Coordinator for Korea, said it had put a strategy in place which ensured athletes had to be at a certain standard before they could attend this high-level training camp. This raised the bar in terms of the level of performance achieved.
But there is plenty of room for people who are just starting out in the sport. Information on triathlon in Asia can be found at Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) which covers 25 countries and areas in Asia either as a triathlon federation or association. As you progress in the sport everyone has a natural respect for each other, as we all know how hard it is to get to the start line in the first place. Go for it – it’s a great sport.
As Chrissie Wellington, four times Ironman World Champion says: “If you put one foot in front of the other you will cross the line.”
Indonesian Triathlon Federation
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