Give something back to the sport you love (and no doubt hate at times!)

Give something back to the sport you love (and no doubt hate at times!)

Marshalling on a boat gives you great views of the swim discipline.

Marshalling on a boat gives you great views of the swim discipline.

For the past 5 years we have been volunteering at local triathlon races organised by LPS Events. It usually works out at being 5 mornings and 3-5 evenings a year. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things really.

Most event organisers will sweeten the deal for volunteers by providing coffee and a snack on the day and give either discounted or free entry to another event for yourself or a friend.

Being in transition, watching the athletes running in and out, grabbing their gear and heading out into the next phase of the race is exciting and educational at the same time. As a triathlete you can learn a lot from watching how the pro’s set up and execute during the race compared to less experienced athletes. Talk to fellow athletes about their training and racing habits, do they do any fitness related training and share experiences. Regardless of your level of racing and fitness you can always contribute in a conversation about racing and training.

Being organised, methodical and consistent saves so much time. It becomes a well drilled habit and definitely something not enough people practice outside of race day.

So what are you waiting for? Volunteer at your local event or sign up for a big national race. Learn from the pro’s and weekend warriors and experience racing from the other side. You will enjoy yourself whilst giving something back to the sport we all love. Oh and don’t forget the free coffee and deciding on which race you want to enter next!

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

Should an endurance athlete lift weights?

Should an endurance athlete lift weights?

How well do you know your core?

How well do you know your core?

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