Sweaty Betty blog: Triathlon
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Sweaty Betty teamed up with double Olympian and former Triathlon champion Michelle Dillon to host a TAKE ON THE TRIATHLON event and tri Q&A in our Soho store, as well a follow-up Twitter Takeover where you Tweeted us your top triathlon questions to be answered by Michelle.
Missed both events? No problem - we took note of the questions and answers, and have written them all down in a blog, just for you. From tri-suits to supplements to which bike tyres to choose, we've rounded up the must-know info to help you conquer the race - swim, bike, run.
Within the walls of our Soho boutique, Michelle covered everything from nutrition advice and transition tips to what to pack on race day and how to choose the best kit.
We thought it a little unfair for aspiring triathletes to miss out on such fantastic advice, so we thought we'd share it with you on a blog... You can thank us later.
Triathlon is a multi-discipline sport including swimming, cycling and running. You will be swimming in (probably) cold water, then cycling (still wet!) and finally running (possibly in strong sunshine).
A multi-discipline sport means that you need to get the clothes right. They should be versatile and suited to all three disciplines, so you save time in transition between the three.
To make it as easy as possible to find the right kit we asked our buyer Karen, who is a keen triathlete, to talk us through the key pieces needed to cover your triathlon training and most importantly your race day.
I haven't told you about my trip to see our wetsuit supplier, snugg, in newquay yet have I? Well it is an awesome set up right by Fistral beach so they can check for wave action all the time! They do bespoke wetsuits as well as off the peg for triathletes, surfers and open water swimmers. I was wanting mine for future triathlons (?!) so the owner (and pattern cutter) measured me up. He had just come back from a Parisian race course where he had been measuring up a sultan's daughter for her Jet ski wetsuit, and then me! Catering for all sorts.
Anyway he explained exactly what sort of thickness and stretchability you needed in which areas for maximum efficiency and speed. Then we incorporated the technical spec into beautiful panelling detail. This is for next summer's tri wetsuit. Watch this space...
I've been busy with my training for my tri in July. I’ve been doing quite a bit of swimming in the sea in our AMAZING wetsuit, which I’ve decided to swim in for the actual event because even though it isn’t slick skin all over, the arms are super stretchy and I can swim fine in it.
I’ve also tested out our trisuit and I absolutely love it. It is in sensitive, the miracle Italian fabric I love because it is super supportive, lightweight and dries really quickly. 5 minutes into cycling after swimming in it, it seems to feel dry again.
I've got renewed energy and zest to go out running and swimming in the high summer fluoro collection, although I must admit, running on the Cornish moors during half term, I definitely scared off the local sheep and probably a few farmers.
We’re just signing off next Summer’s designs inspired by themes that range from Alice in Wonderland to the 1930’s British seaside. I’ll be making sure we have a great range for triathlons next year too.
I have finally signed up for a triathlon this summer at Dorney Lake. Anyone on for joining me?! My aim for the moment is not so much to get the fastest time, but to look good in our new Sweaty Betty trisuit...
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