Exclusive: Tough training weekend ahead as Challenge Barcelona looms

A newbie to long-distance triathlons shares his weekend training plan

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Following the news earlier this week that UK university lecturer Dr Justin Roberts has recruited 80 people of average fitness to enter (and finish) the Challenge Barcelona-Maresme event this October, one of the participants has shared their training plans for the weekend.

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Gary Smith tells us on Twitter (via @fivemengorunnin) that all participants will be following the same training plan in the run-up to the punishing event, adding:

Gary's exploits can be followed on his Twitter account, along with those of Alex Smith (@Average2Ironman) in a blog here.

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The Barcelona event (www.challenge-barcelona.es) will take place on October 6th and involves a 2.4-mile swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride and then a 26-mile run.