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Perfect RunningTrigirl Triathlon coach Kristin Duffy helps you to perfect your running form with her latest article. Working her way from the top – your head, that is – all the way down to your feet, you can achieve an effortless running style that will make you faster and prevent injury.

Kristin explains: “The key to good running form is to stay relaxed, which isn’t always easy, especially as you tire. Try to check in as you are running, doing a quick head-to-feet scan. It will stop you from thinking negative thoughts (about wanting to stop, maybe?) and will keep you running with your perfect form!”

To read her full article, click here: Your Perfect Running Form

triathlon cycling tipsOur latest article focuses on triathlon’s longest leg – the bike.

Even if you’ve ridden all of your life, there are some easy ways to help your triathlon bike leg go smoothly (and to help make it even more fun).

You will spend the majority of your time in a triathlon on the bike, so even if you feel comfortable with basic cycling, it’s worth spending a little time thinking – and practising – how to get the most out of triathlon’s longest leg.

See the article here.

sportiveTrying to get more cycling into your training? Looking for a fun cycling event or a big biking challenge? Want to ride more, but just don’t know where to start? Why not try a cycle sportive?

There are literally hundreds of cycle sportives throughout the country, with riders of all standards enjoying a day out on their bike or challenging themselves to ride further and faster than ever before.

If you want to be one of these riders, but have no idea what a sportive is or where to find one, check out our latest article to find out more about cycle sportives and how you can plan your best ride yet!

Trigirl - Designed by WomenAt Trigirl, we take pride in having a women’s-specific product that really works for women because women are taking part throughout the design, development, production, and distribution process. One of the reasons that Trigirl makes great triathlon clothing for women is that we are women triathletes.

I recently saw a photo on Facebook of a woman who proudly announced, ‘I am a triathlete!’ from the finish line of the London triathlon, wearing the Momentum trisuit that I designed. I was as proud as she was, I think, not only because she was wearing my trisuit (and looking great in it!) but because she is also an athlete that I coach, so I like to think that I helped to get her to that finish line in more ways than one.

As a designer, I come from a background ranging from active to high-end womenswear, so I like to incorporate stylish details, exciting new colours, and flattering fits and details to the triathlon kit that I design. As a triathlete, I love working with the high-quality fabric and details that go into all of our trisuits. It really is exciting to know that women will compete feeling more confident and more comfortable in a trisuit that I helped to create! And as a coach, I can recommend Trigirl to my female athletes, because I know that Trigirl really does dry quickly, fit perfectly, and offers the best female cycling pad available, so my athletes will finish at their best. Of course, I wear Trigirl myself!

I don’t know how many designer/triathlete/coaches there are out there, but I feel like it’s this fairly unique combination that helps me to understand the Trigirl customer. I know what it’s like to wear an uncomfortable trisuit (yuck). I know how much it matters to feel confident on race day and that flattering kit is confidence-inspiring (yay!) I also know that it’s really fun to see a triumphant triathlete wearing my design, because I know how amazing it feels to cross the finish line – and I love to think that I played a little part in that.

Have a great race story or picture in your Trigirl? Email me–  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Training,
Coach Kristin x

Triathlon Training in the GymHi Trigirls!

We received a question on our website recently asking if it was possible to train for triathlon at the gym. I’m pretty sure that with our hectic lifestyles and ‘temperamental’ weather, a lot of people training for triathlon in the UK have wondered about training indoors. Sometimes it’s just easier to train at the gym. So is it an option?

Yes, you can do quite a bit of triathlon training in the gym, but you must train outside as well.

Spinning and Triathlon TrainingAs a certified Spinning instructor, I obviously think an indoor cycling workout is a good way to stay fit (and despite often being really tough, they’re fun!) But as a triathlete, how should you approach an indoor cycling class? Is Spinning (or other indoor cycling class, such as RPM) good for your training? If you haven’t been before, what should you expect from an indoor cycling class?

What to Expect

If you have never been to an indoor cycling class, don’t be intimidated. Classes can be really tough, but when it comes down to it, you are in control of your workout. Arrive to the class early and let your instructor know that you’re new (and be sure to share any injuries).

Seasonal Triathlon Race Planning

Triathlon Race PlanningSo you read my blog in January and set yourself an exciting, relevant SMART goal… you did, right? You’re probably wondering – what’s next?

Hopefully you’ve begun training, or started to look into what training will best help you reach your goal. If not, don’t worry, but do start moving forward with your goal before your motivation flags.

Make the Commitment
If you haven’t signed up for your chosen race, do it. Today. Go online, pay the money, put it in your diary, tell all of your friends. Now that it is set in stone, let’s look at your race season.

Triathlon Training Tips – Goal Setting

Triathlon Training Tips - Goal Setting

It’s that time of year when your inbox is flooded with tips on New Year’s resolutions, diet suggestions, and ideas on how to make a fresh start. I know that keeping your resolutions can be difficult, so instead, why not choose an exciting goal for 2014 that you can stick to? The best goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time sensitive).

Why not set yourself a SMART triathlon goal for 2014?

Suggestions on setting your SMART goal: