July 30th & 31st will see the return of the single largest event on the Global Triathlon Calendar, the 2011 London Triathlon! Thousands of lucky Triathletes will have the opportunity to Swim, Bike and Run their way around one the world most iconic Capitols.
This year there are 10 different Triathlon options available to athletes, depending on their chosen distance and ability.
In the first of our series of articles on the 2011 London Triathlon, NewToTri.com spoke to one hopeful Triathlete Pierre Tamisier – who is Training for this years race. This will only be Pierres second ever Triathlon having completed the Barcelona Triathlon!
How did you first become involved in the world of Triathlon?
I’ve been running since I’m 17 (800m on track and cross country) and I’m now 23. Last year I ran the JPMorgan Chase Challenge (5.6k in Battersea Park, London) in July 2010, after not racing for 2 years and was looking for a new challenge. A friend of mine showed me a documentary about Laurent Jalabert, a very famous former French cyclist who got into triathlon and especially IronMan. I saw the video and said: “Okay that’s what I want to do“. I did not register for an IronMan but for the Barcelona Triathlon the day after I saw the video!
How would you describe your first Triathlon experience in Barcelona?
- This triathlon was suitable from beginners to elite triathletes, so it was a really good experience. Great organization as well, even though it was quite a pain for me to get a bike as I did not own one at that time! I hired one from a local shop and managed to finish 24th/1400+ overall with a time of 1h13.
What made you choose London as your next race and what kind of experience are you hoping for?
London events are always great and got really good feedback. Look at the London Marathon and the Olympics next year! London always do a great job at organizing big sporting events (Virgin Active London triathlon is the biggest triathlon worldwide). It’s also happening at a perfect time for me in the season where I could prepare to peak physically!
Will you be following a training plan for the London Triathlon?
I am already training myself but I’m lacking a lot of basics – especially for the bike – that I’m trying to improve with books such as the Triathletes Training Bible from Joe Frield which I highly recommend, or tips on Twitter and many websites.
Having completed your first Triathlon, what advice would you offer those who are preparing for their first race?
Join a club if you can and just remember that performance will not come overnight, consistency is the key!
NewToTri.com wishes Pierre the very best in his preparations for the big day! If you’d like to follow Pierre on Twitter click on THIS LINK
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