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Chasing Race Weight
I have a confession to make – I’ve put on weight. As of the start of February I weighed in about a stone heavier than the same time last year, and my fitness had declined to the point where my bathroom scales were going from 0-100 faster than the wat
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The Big Pic
Despite fears that the event would not go ahead due to a nearby Covid-19 outbreak, New Zealand’s Challenge Wanaka middle-distance tri saw a mighty 800 racers on 20 February. Competitors set out on a new course with the swim in Glendhu Bay, before a f
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Never Miss A Copy Of 22o!
We want to make it as easy as possible for our readers to get their copy of 220 Triathlon Magazine at this difficult time, so why not take out a subscription? Turn to p22 to find out how to get the magazine delivered to your door every month, plus ne
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From The Vault
Two races with a huge influence on European tri dominate the pages of issue 27. The cover star is Ironbridge, the 220-organised race that was the first UK tri to be held over the exact Ironman-distances in 1990 and coming back for a second helping in
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Race Calendar
11 BEDFORD DUATHLON (various distances). Thurleigh Airfield. active trainingworld.co.uk 18 GREAT NOTLEY SPRING DUATHLON (4km R/20km B/4km R). Great Notley, Essex. born2tri.com 25 TORBAY TRIATHLON SPRING (various dists). Paignton, South Devon. sport
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Going Inside The Challenge To Beat 7 Hours Brownlee’s Iron Battle
In January, the internet lit up with news that Alistair Brownlee was to attempt breaking seven hours for an iron-distance course in spring 2022. Fellow Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay would aim to become the first woman to dip under eight hours. Ineos’ 1:5
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Top Everesting Kit
This one needs little explanation. Perhaps save the higher quality fabrics for the latter part of the challenge. If you’re staying indoors, wheel-on trainers induce slippage above a 7% grade, ruling out hills such as Alpe du Zwift for official attem
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Women’s Training
When training for triathlon, the focus is usually on speed, endurance, power output and other such performance-related goals. So much so that discussion about bone strength falls by the wayside, which is a mistake, as without it your body can’t be st
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Bike Faster! In 8 Weeks
Scan the transition areas at any triathlon event and you’ll see some of the most amazing bikes on the market. That’s because the majority of a triathlete’s expenditure is on our two-wheeled pride and joy. And there’s good reason for this, as the bike
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Fuel Your Everesting
For most Everesters, the downhills will be the time to chow down, whether that’s when hopping off the turbo or sitting in a support vehicle. Just be careful snacking if you’re freewheeling downhill – especially as fatigue sets in. Don’t rely on refi
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220 Overall Verdict
After years of playing second fiddle to wetsuits, these are heady days for trisuit design, a point highlighted by the techy creations on test here without a stinker in view. The men’s test featured Castelli, Huub, Santini and Trimtex all vying for th
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New- Season Race Prep
Well first up, an ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ race are all the same when the gun goes off – you go hard, you race hard, you stick to the plan you’ve worked out with your coach, mates or yourself, and if there’s no plan at all, still just go for it! The only real
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The Making Of Limar Air Speed
Bianchi, Cinelli, Colnago, Legend, Santini, Vittoria and Limar. It’d probably be easier to list the Italian cycling brands not based in Bergamo or the surrounding Lombardy area. A city of a million residents 50km east of Milan in the Italian north, B
220 Triathlon1 min cititeBiology
Percolating A New Pb?
Yep, here we go again – a study into caffeine. But this one delves deeper than most. Right down to your DNA, in fact. But let’s start with caffeine’s mooted triathlon benefits that include reducing perception of effort and pain; increasing focus; and
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Meet The Test Team
220’s editor is your go-to for women’s multisport kit. Has spent years testing tri kit and accessories for 220. A strong age-grouper focusing on top-end gains. He’s a published author writing about sports science.
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Does Warp Speed Equal Warped Sport?
When an electric bike first cruised past my weaving frame and heaving lungs on a slight incline, I still summoned the energy to call foul. When Zwift recruited an avatar army via computer simulation, I swore ‘not while there’s fresh air and sun on my
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3 Of The Best Calf Compression
£30 Designed not only to compress for recovery, these also come with X-LOCK technology for plantar fascia and shin protection during your run. Zonal mesh and cushioning securely hold the foot in place. 2xu.com £44.95 Primed to stimulate active recov
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Dream Bike Argon 8 E-119 Tri+ Disc
No stranger to innovation, Argon 18 was the first to launch a bike with integrated cockpit in 2008, now further developing their ‘oneness’ cockpit set-up for the Tri+ Disc; the primary focus resting on fit to integrate rider and bike in a personalise
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Key Swimming Kit
For a true adventure, consider the new Ruckraft, which floats behind you with space to pack warm clothes, a tent and everything else you need for a night beneath the stars. £139.99 from OMM. abovebelow.sc Your tri wetsuit’s fine for most adventures
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Bike
We made the mistake of thinking bikepacking was purely a world of CAMRA and canal paths, panniers and pub gardens, before taking on the new King Alfred’s Way in late 2020. While you won’t be short of country pubs, in reality it’s a 350km loop punctua
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Omega Booster
Omegas are known to carry a host of health benefits, but why exactly should you fill up on them? Essential omega-3 and omega-6 are healthy unsaturated fats, which the body can’t naturally make. We therefore need to get them from the food that we eat,
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Energy Gels
£3.99 for four The first incarnation of this gel was face-achingly sweet, but, thankfully, the Decathlon-distributed brand has since dropped the butter and toned down the viscosity and sweetness to create a delicious burst of energy. That burst is 23
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The Complete Guide To Everesting
Impassioned Melbourne radio host Red Symons’ show had become a lament over the death of the English language. How could the world’s most revered peak be butchered into a verb? Everest had become Everesting. Andy van Bergen grinned. If he hadn’t reali
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IRONMAN FUELLING masterclass
Conquering – scrub that, completing – an iron-distance triathlon takes dedication, consistent training, a realistic recovery strategy and calories. Plenty of them. How many calories do you burn during an Ironman? The short answer’s a lot. The longer
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Fuel Like A Pro
“My race-day breakfast consists of two bagels with honey, washed down with an Americano. Bagels are a fantastic source of dense calories but are pretty easy on the stomach, while coffee just makes everything better. I’ll then sip an electrolyte drink
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“Tri Keeps It Fresh And Exciting”
Growing up, my family lived in Dubai. Mum had a scare with water as a kid, so made it a priority for us to learn to swim. I hated it initially. I was so afraid, but went on to swim in four Paralympics – and in Athens I was the youngest female on the
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Run
A breathtakingly brutal challenge set in the Lake District National Park, the goal is to ‘bag’ as many of the Wainwright peaks as possible in one fell swoop, excuse the pun… The rules follow that runners must start and finish at Keswick, taking any r
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Athlete Tips
“Since being diagnosed with low bone density, I’ve paid much more attention to my training and nutrition to support my bones. As a young woman I lost my menstrual cycle and as a result my bone health. However, my latest bone scans have shown improvem
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Key Bikepacking Kit
One wrong turn can add an hour onto the route when bikepacking. To prevent this, a GPS bike computer where you can upload routes and follow them on the move is essential. Our pick is the Wahoo Elemnt Roam (£300). wahoo.co.uk A waterproof seatpack is
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From The Editor...
We’ve been a bit short on excitement over the last few months, let’s be honest. So, when we heard the news that GB’s Alistair Brownlee and Lucy Charles-Barclay, along with Kristian Blummenfelt and Nicola Spirig, would be part of a challenge to try an
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