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The Newbie: Rodger Bowen
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Thursday 16th May 2013

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The growth in the sport and the impact of the London 2012 Olympics will attract more novices to our sport than ever before in 2013. With the help of Virgin Active and the team at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon and Virgin Active London Triathlon's, we are going to follow the progress of just one of the thousands of 'newbies' that will be taking the first steps into swim / bike / run this summer.

Meet Rodger Bowen, who will be tracking his progress with us from the perspective of the 'newbie'!

And So It Begins...

It's been a while since the London 2012 Olympics wrapped up and passed the baton on to Rio. Like millions of my fellow Brits I was captivated by the coverage and inspired to get out there and realise some athletic potential! I got back into swimming and soon thereafter started swim training with my local triathlon group. It wasn't long before the gateway drug that is swimming lead to harder and equally addictive running. Things quickly went downhill when one Monday afternoon I emerged from a bike shop significantly poorer than I care to reveal to my family, close friends or administrative receiver.

So 2013 is my very first year in triathlon. I am to plunge head first into the world of TT's, PB's, A&E and Weil's Disease. This post marks the beginning; this is Pheidippides doing his stretches just before he sets off on the road to Athens but hopefully without me getting pronounced DOA at the finish! I'm signed up to Blenheim and London and it's fair to assume I've got a difficult few weeks ahead. Fortunately the good folks at Virgin Active and Tri247 are going to help me with my training along the way and turn me into a full-blown triathlete!

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be reporting on different aspects of my training regime and progress. I'm hoping to answer some of the burning questions that befuddle the absolute beginners in this sport. I want to cover everything from technique and nutrition to aero bars and wet suits. Be reassured that this is going to be a comprehensive low-down on everything I can think would matter to us newbies; no matter is too small!

Watch this space


General entries to the Virgin Active London Triathlon are now closed...howver, thanks to Tri247, you CAN still enter! Click below for details on the exclusive Tri247 Mixed Olympic Distance Wave on Saturday 27th July.

Tri247 London Triathlon Wave

You can see all of Rodger's 'newbie' series, charting his progress from zero via Blenheim to the London Triathlon on these links:

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