The right gear to get you over finish line

May 27th, 2019 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

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When people run a 5k race, they shortly want to progress to a 10k. It's the same with triathlons.

Fitness with Paudie O'Donovan

WHEN people run a 5k race, they shortly want to progress to a 10k. It’s the same with triathlons. If you’ve done a Sprint, you’ll want to do an Olympic and then progress to a half Ironman and then a full. 

A full Ironman consists of a 3.8k swim in a lake or the sea, 180k cycling over some of the hardest terrain in the world and after 7-8hrs of exercise you got to face into a 42k marathon. 

Training for one takes a minimum of six months while getting in up to 15-20hrs a week. 

People ask the question ‘Why?’ My answer is that it’s all about self satisfaction and the feeling of achievement. It’s all about getting to the finish line.  It’s the same if you are gearing up for your first triathlon. It’s a learning process and all you have to do is put a plan together and stick to it. It’s natural to feel nervous but remember it’s the same for everyone. Nerves make you perform better.

Triathlon gear 

A necessary purchase is a triathlon suit which is worn underneath your wetsuit. After you exit the swim and pull off your wetsuit, this is what you will cycle and run in. 

It will be soaking wet but dries out fast because of the fabric. These suits come in a one or two piece. 

The next thing you will need is a race belt to attach your race number to. 

Instead of pinning your number to your top like you do for a 10k, you can clip it onto this belt and wear it around your waist, on your back for the cycle and on your front for the run. 

You can purchase these items in any triathlon shop or on line. While you’re shopping you should also pick up things like energy gels to get used to taking when training. 

Taking these products might not agree with you on race day so it would be wise to test everything well in advance. 

Also over the next few weeks, I’d absorb as much information as possible by reading about triathlons and asking advice from people who’ve done them which will all help get you to the finish line. 


Week 3: Mon May 27 to Sun June 2nd

Monday - Run 5k

Tuesday - Swim 1k

Wednesday - Brick session - Bike 20k & Run 4k

Thursday - Rest (maybe swim 1k)

Friday - Run 5k

Saturday - Brick session - Swim 1k & Bike 30k

Sunday - Rest


Paudie O’Donovan is a neuromuscular physical therapist specialising in pain relief and improvement of mobility/flexibility.

He is a masseur to the Cork seniorfootball team and runs a sports injury clinic in Skibbereen.

Fully registered with  Laya and Aviva

Contact: 086-2339618   or follow him on Facebook

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