Even when you’re working flat out, it’s good to be able to help others….
A pro athlete is reponsible for all their own training costs, travel, coaching, kit etc. When you’re a triathlete, that’s 3 sports worth, and the lighter and faster the kit – the more expensive.
One of the fastest growing sports in recent years, triathlon merges swimming, cycling and running – making an interesting mix! Most are strong one or two of the disciplines, and use this to their advantage in their weaker sport. This makes for a fantastic competitive scene, great fun, but a lot of hard work and training.
Having first started in triathlon with RGActive club, I was delighted to be approached by Anthony (who is coached by John Brame of RGActive) to help with his body maintenance for his first full year as a pro triathlete.
Anthony is going to be travelling all over the world on the 70.3 Half Ironman distance circuit (1900m swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run). He trains pretty much 7 days a week – masters swim sessions at 5.30am, track sessions, long rides… LOADS of driving around! To keep him going, we have offered to help subsidise his massage and physio sessions. As a triathlete (albeit not a pro!) I understand where Anthony is likely to be most in need of treatment and hopefully will be able to nip any potential injuries before they appear and risk his race season.
Anthony has a great discipline for “prehab” – making sure he is warmed up properly for all sessions (something that training with the GB squad for the last few months has helped with) and that he cools down and stretches/foam rolls in the gym after training.
We can use kinesio taping, acupuncture and good old massage to help ease achy muscles and allow him to push the podium each race.
Anthony is currently seeking further financial sponsorship – he is a talented youngster who will go far. If you would like to help with support/kit etc, please get in touch with Anthony via his website – http://www.trimeager.com. We will be tracking his progress through the year.
Go AJ Go!