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Triathlon: In and out of lockdown, Harlow Triathlete Gail shows dedication and class

Athletics / Fri 6th Aug 2021 at 09:20am

THERE are a number of Harlow athletes whom we have followed in and out of lockdown.

As we move out of lockdown and into August, we caught up with Harlow Tri-athlete,, Gail Nicholls to see how she is getting on.

Gail said: “When involved in Triathlon, participants usually focus on one or two distances as the training regime is very gruelling.

It’s very hard to switch from say a short distance sprint triathlon that’s over in 1 hour 30 mins then train for a Half Ironman Distance or Middle Distance which takes a minimum five-and-a-half hours.

In lockdown, I have focused a lot on my cycling on my turbo and this has paid off in my mission to do various distances in a short space of time.

Starting in May, my first race was an Eton Dorney Sprint Distance Triathlon that was followed by 100k Centurion Distance at Stanborough Lakes in June which I came 1st lady in my age category (50-59).

July saw me competing in four weeks of races back-to-back, starting with Standard Distance at Gosfield Lake followed by The British Aquathlon Championships (750m Swim and 5K run) back at Eton Dorney where I managed a Bronze Medal.

The following week (25th July) I took part in Harlow Running & Tri Club sprint distance Relays at Box End Park Bedford. It meant I was in a team of three and we all did a sprint triathlon each and finally last weekend in July was back to Box End Park for a Middle-Distance Triathlon 1.3-mile swim 52 Miles Bike and 13 Mile run which I came 3rd in my age group 50-59.

Alongside my training routine it’s also crucial that I get my nutrition right as you cannot complete Triathlon without the right amount of fuel.

On a middle-distance triathlon you need to be fuelling on the bike every 20 mins otherwise you won’t have enough energy for the run leg.

I’m very privileged to be an ambassador for Isagenix Nutrition whom I am part of Team Isagenix alongside some top athletes including Peterborough Football Club.

Isagenix sponsor my TriSuit for Team GB and I was lucky enough to be part of a Isagenix Pre workout Drink Trial before its launch last year.

In between my own training I’ve now taken on working with Triathletes in Harlow Running and Tri Club as a British Triathlon Coach.

It’s been a great challenge for me putting in about eight hours a week voluntary work writing swim session plans and coaching them plus coaching runners at the track.

It’s been hard work but very rewarding getting into coaching. It is always something I’ve wanted to do, it certainly takes a particular personality plus dedication to the sport you love.

Our club is ever growing, and I think with the government easing recent restrictions plus the fantastic success of Team GB in the Triathlon all three disciplines of Swim Bike Run is more popular than ever.

If you would like more information about how to get into Running or Triathlon, please contact
https://www.thehrc.org.uk/club-information/joining/

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