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13/01/2016 at 13:02

Have you looked into group sessions? Some tri clubs do group turbo sessions throughout winter which can help with motivation – or you could always set one up yourself with local triathletes (if your garage is big enough!).

They're a bit cheesy sometimes, but there are always spin/RPM classes at the gym too.

Alternatively, how about a mountain bike for winter?

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13/11/2015 at 11:41

Hi Malcolm,

Sorry to hear this!

I've had my fair share of injuries over the last few years (achilles paratendonitis, stress fractures and a broken ankle, ouch!) and have seen a physio with all of these and been really happy with the treatment.

I also see someone who specialises in sports massage when things are just feeling a bit tense or yucky.

My advice would be to maybe get in touch with your local tri or running club if you're new to the area and see who they recommend?

Hope you get it fixed!


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30/10/2015 at 16:58

Hayles - how are you getting on with this?

As an update, I did the Bristol to Bath marathon at the weekend and my sister made me a cake to celebrate.... Check out the number of Maltesers on this!!



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20/10/2015 at 11:59

Hi Hayles,

Anyone that follows me on Twitter will know I'm a fellow Maltesers addict.... So you're not alone!

You say you eat a lot of healthy food too and you seem to have a good knowledge of what you should and shouldn't be eating. So I guess the question is how much are your treats affecting your training? If you're hitting your training/racing goals, are a healthy weight for you and your weight is remaining constant, then maybe you're not doing as badly as you think. After all, we earn the odd treat training so hard!

We run a monthly diet analyis page in 220, if you'd be keen to be a case study and have dietician Nigel Mitchell offer you some advice? Just email me: helen.webster@immediate.co.uk

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27/01/2015 at 16:12

Got a tri question you want answering by our experts? Whether it's to do with swim, bike, run, training, gear, injury or nutrition we're here to help. Post below and you could find your question answered in the Tri Clinic pages of the next issue of 220

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23/07/2014 at 11:01

Thanks Johnman - will pass this on to the web team as well. 

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23/07/2014 at 10:23

Hi all,

We're working to fix the problem with posting from mobile devices – deeply annoying I know, so bear with us, we're on it!

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23/06/2014 at 11:15

Hi walkupit,

Sorry it took me a while to get back to you (been on holiday!).

Sorry to hear you've been struck down with the dreaded glandular fever. How are you getting on now? I had a pretty nasty dose of it I'm afraid. I was out of training and off work for about four months and then had to take it pretty steady for a while as I built myself back up again. Like jonE says, the post-viral symptoms can take a while to shift as well.  

Everyone is different though. My other half caught it off me and was only off for a few weeks then tired for a while. I think I was unlucky!

The advice that worked best for me was around phasing my activities and return to work. I created a plan that gradually increased my work hours and physical activity until I was back to normal. Sounds mental, but I guess as I'm used to putting together race training plans it worked for me! 

Take it steady, don't try to push yourself too hard and respect the fact that this is a really nasty bug and you need to let your body recover. Happy to chat to you more if you think I can help: helen.webster@immediate.co.uk 

Get well soon!

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02/06/2014 at 15:28

First day off work sick for 5 years?! That's amazing though - you obviously have a cast-iron immune system the rest of the time!

I'll allow you to order more gear if it cheers you up. Just so long as you keep on resting and don't actually use it until you're better! 

You'll be amazed how quickly the body can bounce back once the illness is properly out of your system. It might feel like torture now, but you'll soon be back to it.

Keep smiling!!

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02/06/2014 at 09:29

Hi Steve,

Sounds rotten! Key here is to take really good care of yourself. If you're sick you need to put recovery before training and get yourself well again (sorry!).

Have you seen a doc? If not please do – sounds like you might be needing some antibiotics if it's been dragging on this long?

I really feel for you here, it's tough when you have an A race approaching and get struck down. I had a similar thing last year with a bout of glandular fever that came out of nowhere!

Take care, get well, let us know how you get on!

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