10.7.18

Training for a Triathlon with David Lloyd  |  Collaboration 

My husband loves to set himself challenges and goals (even if I may think they are a little crazy at times!). Last year he set himself a goal to complete the Southend half marathon and he did it! He didn’t find it easy because it was a scorching hot day but he trained hard before hand and he competed it. This year he wanted to go one step further and he decided that he was going to do the Southend Triathlon! For those that don’t know (as I didn’t when Hubby first mentioned it to me) the Southend Triathlon is a 750 meter swim in the sea, 20km cycle along the seafront and then a final 5km run and it was because of this mix of sports that it was so essential that Hubby trained seriously before hand. Thankfully, David Lloyd Southend was on hand to help him! 


Hubby had never done a triathlon before but he had done runs so the running part wasn’t really of a concern to him, it was the cycling and the swimming that he knew he had to focus on. To train for the cycle Hubby started off by going to the gym and using the stationary bikes to help him with his technique. The personal trainers in the gym (many of whom have done sporting events like triathlons before) were on hand to help with his technique to make sure he got the best from his cycle. Hubby also went along to some spin classes. Spin classes are high impact cycling classes that are usually done to music with a very enthusiastic and motivating instructor! That is definitely what you get at David Lloyd Southend! The instructor there is motivating whilst still making sure the class is fun and enjoyable! These classes really helped Hubby to build up his stamina on the bikes. 


The other thing that Hubby had to focus on was his swimming. David Lloyd Southend has two pools that Hubby could use (they actually have 4 pools but 2 of those are children’s ones) to aid his training. The indoor pool was the perfect place for hubby to work on his technique. He was able to take his leg float with him which he used to focus on his upper body technique and was able to use either the lanes to help with his stamina or the main space to slow down and work on technique. The outdoor pool was actually better for him in the winter as he could go out and use it to get him used to swimming in the cold air. However, it didn’t prepare him for the freezing temperatures of the sea as it is lovely and warm in the pool but it did help him with his breathing as he was outside in the cold air. 

The support and training that Hubby was able to get from David Lloyd in Southend was a vital part of his triathlon journey as without them it would have been a huge struggle. He was able to use the high quality facilities and equipment, draw on the knowledge and experience from the staff and then best of all relax with a well deserved drink in the club room after all his training! 

Next up for Hubby... an iron man!!! I think I’ll just stick with my Zumba :) 

To find out more about what David Lloyd Clubs have to offer and to find your local club, check out their website here - https://www.davidlloyd.co.uk/

11 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Well done to your husband :) A friend has recently done an Iron Man - it was hardcore but sounded incredible xx

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  2. Wow that's amazing, he did so well! Iron Man looks hardcore, is he really going to try it?

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  3. Amazing story and thank you for your lovely feedback about the club Ami! I hope our cheering from the team helped on the day too! See you in the club soon!

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  4. Wow! Well done to your husband, how amazing. My parents started off with spin classes and my mum has just completed a 12 hour bike ride, it's amazing where these things can take you

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  5. I have nothing but admiration for someone who trains so hard and achieves their dreams! Well done to your hubby hard work pays off!

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  6. Wow that’s dedication. I really need to find some of his motivation!!

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  7. Massive well done to your hubby - that is no easy task to achieve it xx

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  8. Oh wow, big well done to your Husband. Sounds like he got some good help with his training. I would love to visit a David Lloyd. I bet it is amazing inside, I have heard lots of good things about them :)

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  9. Congrats to your Husband! I feel a bit faint when I think of a triathlon! David Lloyd’s are such wonderful gyms.

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  10. Well done to your husband on such a fantastic achievement. Sounds like he got lots of support and help with training from David Lloyd. Hope he enjoys a well earned rest.

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  11. A big round of applause for the amazingly written blog.
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