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CRC rider stories: Kathryn takes on a triathlon

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 4:00pm
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Chain Reaction Cycles pride ourselves on the wealth of riders, runners and triathletes who work together to help you enjoy your bike life to the max, and throughout this year we’ll be focussing on some of their personal training, riding and racing stories.

First up is Kathryn who, when she’s not appearing on the Hub Show, takes care of our social media.

Kathryn's really excited to take part in her first ever triathlon, having not participated in any form of endurance exercise in quite a while, it's going to be a challenge, but she's going to document her steps and we're going to follow her from now until D-Day.

kathryn1.jpg"I’m Kathryn, 23 years old and I’ve signed up for my fist ever triathlon, having not done very much endurance exercise or training I’m not sure if it was the most intelligent decision I’ve ever made, but I’m confident it will all be worth it and good fun in the process.

I’m going into this as a complete novice who knows next to nothing about proper nutrition, training techniques, exercise plans, and (quite worryingly) as someone who has never ridden a road bike before. I can swim – so that’s a plus, and I used to run as part of a team when I was younger so I can tick that off too.

Can I do it for a long period of time while combining all three together for a race I’d love to win in summer? That may be more of an issue.

My goal as an absolute beginner is obviously to complete a Sprint Triathlon in summer 2015 in less than two hours.

750m Swim
20km Bike
5k Run

In an ideal world – as I’m pretty competitive – I’d love to come first, but one step at a time.

Training

Currently, I’m exercising 4-5 times a week. I took up spinning when I signed up to do the triathlon so I would have some indication of what to expect when I get out on my road bike and go twice a week to a class in my local leisure centre.

I’ll run 5km each time I’m in the gym to get myself started but more so to remind myself that I can do it, my intention is to get my current time of 27minutes down as low as I possibly can.

I’ll swim 750m when I go to the pool twice a week, 30 lengths in around 25 minutes.

I’m constantly reminded from people that spin classes and running on a treadmill and swimming in a pool is totally different to getting out there and that my times could almost double, but at the minute I’m a fair weather (amateur) athlete, and I’m not ready to brave the chilly conditions. No way josé.

Thanks so far to Vitus, High 5, MET, Orca, Zone3 and Shimano, who've made my transition (*ahem*) into a triathlete a pleasure so far. More on that very soon…

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