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Making Triathlon easier than you think!

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Holidays are usually about sun loungers, cocktails and eating more than I should, but this summer I was a little more active on a cruise ship when I trained for a triathlon! However don’t let that last statement fool you – I wasn’t up at dawn pounding the track or swimming the sea in extreme temperatures, I just incorporated a little more activity into my holiday… and it was easy and fun!

British Triathlon, the governing body for triathlon in the UK is raising awareness of triathlon as a sport for all with its #YourGOTRI campaign which runs until the end of September. It aims to break down the barriers that people perceive are there when it comes to the sport – like it is too intimidating or it is only for middle aged men! In fact, women are the biggest growth area in triathlon – encouraged by the recent #ThisGirlCan campaign which celebrates women doing sport – any sport, and generally getting active.

The idea of triathlon had never occurred to me before if I’m honest. I just didn’t consider myself ‘sporty’ enough, but after chatting to the team who look after the marketing for this campaign, I thought ‘why not?’ and decided to give it a go! It is easy to get involved – you simply go to the website at www.gotri.org and head to the button marked ‘create your triathlon‘ to get started!

After choosing the activity I would do from a range of options, here is the certificate they gave me for pledging to do my own triathlon.

Nadine's #YourGOTRI certificate

As you can see, a dip in the sea and a ride on a pedalo don’t sound too scary do they? But these are acceptable ways to complete the swim and cycle part of this personal triathlon – you can do triathlon in your own time and your own way. If you are more athletic you can pledge to do a longer swim or more distance on a bike. British Triathlon hopes that by creating this fun and easy personal triathlon challenge, real, everyday people like you and I will consider the possibility of doing a full triathlon – once we see how accessible it is.

So my personal triathlon challenge was a triathlon taster that I completed on my holidays. I decided to create my own ‘Rio’ themed challenge, as I was on a hot and sunny cruise ship and thought the athletes of Team GB did brilliantly in the Olympics.

My dip in the sea turned into 20 minutes swimming in the ship’s pool and I picked a quiet time before all the kids wanted to play to complete it!

swim on vista

The cycling part of my triathlon was going to be a ride on a pedalo but instead I had access to this fabulous SkyRide track which is exclusive to Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship Vista so I made use of that!

Nadine on SkyRide

A ‘SkyRide’ pedal bike formed my cycle part of the triathlon!

Some fun facts about the SkyRide – it was invented by the same guy who created the Rollerblade brand so he knows how to get you moving! I would have to cycle 14,520 laps of the track to cover the same distance as the Tour de France! Of course I went round only once as there was a queue for this ride, but at least it counted as my cycle!

The running part was the easiest – I love to run and have done several 10K runs before for charity. I went around the track on the sports deck to complete my personal triathlon.
running on Vista

The team at British Triathlon are a supportive lot – they sent me emails along the way with motivation tips and ways to easily get started if I was feeling stuck. As it happens, I was on my cruise holiday having a blast when these emails came though, but it’s nice to know that you don’t just sign up then get forgotten about! They really want to help encourage you to fulfil your pledge and once you have done your triathlon elements, you get this certificate to be proud of!

completed triathlon certificate

As I am back from holidays it is nice to think that I was a bit more active on this vacation than usual, and now the children are back at school, I can start to get back to my running routine again. Having a go at my triathlon taster has opened up my mind to the possibility of doing a full triathlon in the future, whereas I never would have considered it before.

If you are looking for a way to get fit or a goal to work towards, logging on and making a #YourGOTRI pledge is a great place to start. After you have created your own personal triathlon you can visit www.gotri.org to find a GOTRI training session near to you. This will help you build up the confidence, fitness and skills to take part in your first full triathlon, with the guidance of British Triathlon qualified coaches.

An entry level triathlon starts with a 400m swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run, and from there you can build up to the Sprint distance, Olympic distance and beyond… You can get access to training plans from the coaches and athletes working with British Triathlon and there are even opportunities to get discounts on triathlon kit and event entries.

So what do you think? Would you consider a triathlon? Have you ever done one before? Let me know in the comments!

I am working with British Triathlon to share the #YourGOTRI campaign.

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Comments to Making Triathlon easier than you think!

  • That sounds like my kind of triathlon. If only I had a pedalo to hand.

    Erica Price 7th September 2016 6:06 pm Reply
  • I absolutely love the look of that Skyride!

    It looks like so much fun and I bet the views were fab x

    Cass@frugalfamily 8th September 2016 1:52 pm Reply
  • What a great idea, I love your cycling part of the triathlon what fun!

    Anne 8th September 2016 1:56 pm Reply
    • It was really fun – especially with the views I had!

      Nadine Hill 12th September 2016 8:06 am Reply
  • What a great way to do the triathalon – I could have cycled that skyride all day if they had let me

    Kara Guppy 9th September 2016 12:55 pm Reply
    • haha me too!

      Nadine Hill 12th September 2016 8:06 am Reply
  • Well done you. I am slowing going further on my bike. I managed 2km last week!

    Jen Walshaw 9th September 2016 1:16 pm Reply
    • Well done! That’s great – all exercise is good exercise!

      Nadine Hill 12th September 2016 8:06 am Reply
  • What a great idea ! I always thought triathlons were beyond me. I might give it a go.

    Susanna 11th September 2016 9:27 pm Reply
    • I always thought that too to be honest! But is less scary than I thought!

      Nadine Hill 12th September 2016 8:05 am Reply
  • I like idea of building your own goals, that way your more motivated to complete the triathlon I am sure 🙂 x

    Karen Langridge 15th September 2016 11:53 am Reply
    • I think it helps make everything less intimidating. Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 16th September 2016 4:52 pm Reply
  • That sounds like the only way I would consider a triathalon – the swimming bit puts me off as I am not confident at swimming outdoors especially in this country. A good idea though to get people moving !

    lynn @ More4mums 21st September 2016 8:53 am Reply
    • Absolutely! It was less scary than a full on triathlon!

      Nadine Hill 21st September 2016 10:33 am Reply
  • Well done, Nadine, very impressed with your determination to exercise while on the nicest holiday ever! I have never done a triathlon, I’m not very good at running and can’t swim but I do admire everyone who can achieve such feats!

    oana79 21st September 2016 9:22 am Reply
    • haha thanks Oana, but to be totally honest it didn’t really feel like exercise – just having fun!! But I am glad I did something and not just laid on a sun lounger!

      Nadine Hill 21st September 2016 10:33 am Reply
  • Wow, very impressed Nadine! As you know I am all about Fitness, and taking part in a triathlon is on my top list, my dream! I ahve done 3 marathons, and 3 swimathons, love spinning and cycling, but a bit worried about cycling on roads with cars… need to get over it! Well done! Link to my #FitnessTuesday linky xxx

    @Fitness4Mamas

    http://fitness4mamas.com/health-fitness-tips/cycling-with-a-toddler-fitnesstuesday/

    Mirka Moore @Fitness4Mamas @Kahanka 21st September 2016 1:02 pm Reply
    • Oh. My. Word! You are a guru Mirka! Your marathons astound me! Thanks for commenting! x

      Nadine Hill 23rd September 2016 5:50 pm Reply
  • I love the idea of the skyride and would probably have never got off it x

    Rachel 21st September 2016 1:23 pm Reply
  • This sounds like such a fun way to do something that I would have thought was so tough. I’m going to be looking into how I can do something like this

    Zena's Suitcase 22nd September 2016 8:42 pm Reply
  • I love the way you completed your triathlon. Looks like fun! I would love to do a triathlon! One day 😉

    Sonia 23rd September 2016 9:45 am Reply

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