Doing a triathlon can be daunting, even for fitness buffs, but it’s not as hard as you think.
With our training plan for swimming, cycling and running a sprint-length race, you’ll earn bragging rights (not to mention a lean, hot body) in just 12 weeks.
Triathlons used to be the domain of elite athletes. Not anymore. The number of people stepping up to the starting line is on the increase; in fact, 30 percent of the triathletes in the Western Cape are women. “Triathlons are the fastest growing sport in Europe at the moment, and they’re taking off in a big way in South Africa too,” says Steve Attwell, triathlon coach at Embark and chairman of ATC Multisport.
It’s no mystery why: the swim-cycle-run combo combats workout boredom and practically guarantees weight loss. Plus, the popular sprint distance (700m swim, 20km cycle and five-kilometre run) eliminates intimidation. “The three sports within the discipline strengthen your body and allow you to work out regularly,” says Attwell. Just be forewarned: the feeling of accomplishment coupled with body-sculpting effects can be addictive!