OS employee and #GetOutside Champion Nick Lindsay has pledged this year to swim, bike & run 4,000 miles in training for the triathlon season. Find out more about why he loves to #GetOutside
OS employee and #GetOutside Champion Nick Lindsay has pledged this year to swim, bike & run 4,000 miles in training for the triathlon season. As an enthusiastic triathlete Nick believes the sport provides a different challenge for swimmers, cyclists and runners and introduces the unique dynamics of a ‘mass participation multiple discipline sport. As a co-founder of the Winchester Macmillan charity triathlon, the ‘Winchester PPP’, Nick has helped over 2,500 novice triathletes take their first steps in the sport.
Immense pride to be associated with such a strong brand linked to the Great British landscape, and to be able to help encourage others to try #GetOutside adventures.
I’m really excited about sharing my passion for triathlon, and to show how training can take you to some beautiful places, often in your own backyard. It’s not all about pool swim and miles of road and bike training sessions. Go ‘off piste’ to discover some great sights and you’ll find the miles pass much quicker.
It’s a great way to keep life’s challenges in perspective. Once you’re in a ‘training zone’ your mind can be set free to wonder through stuff and come to a place where you feel more settled. It’s much easier to achieve this surrounded by beautiful countryside rather than in a gym or pool.
Having the time to appreciate the natural beauty that’s on our doorsteps. Rush by car and you’ll never know it’s there. Jump on your bike and you’ll soon discover quiet country lanes. Put on your running trainers and bridle paths and tracks will take you some great adventures. Ironically training enables you to slow down the pace of life! Getting close to the natural environment is another big plus. Dawn runs along a tow path has revealed kingfishers, water voles and new born ducklings & signets. Deer, badgers and owls have occasionally kept me company on dawn / dusk bike rides.
Too many choices! Perhaps my favourite would be lake swimming after work. Stressful day in the office, rush hour traffic to get to the lake. Wetsuit on, wading into the lake, the chill of the water as you set off. Then the absolute tranquillity as you swim. Building up a rhythm, the warmth on the sun’s rays, then gradually feeling the cooling air temperature as the sun begins to set. Perfect way to end the day
Wet windy days on the bike! 100km sportive in the New Forest. Wet when we started, cold, very wet when we finished. Sometimes the great outdoors isn’t so great….. Still a warming feeling of satisfaction crossing the finish line.
Swimming off the Jurassic coastline.
Swimming, cycling and trail running.
Alive, free, life-balance.
I’m more at ease with myself & strangers. Relaxed with a smile
It’s where you feel alive
Try it, there’s something there for everyone
Time pressure. Thinking it’s harder than it is – perception that it’s not for me. More immediate forms of entertainment. Oh and the weather!
Food, drink, suitable clothing, maps or a navigation device, a phone with a full charge, money, appropriate eyewear. Check the weather forecast the night before and in the morning for good measure. It can and normally will change so be prepared! If going out alone, let someone know your plans.
Join a club to get some early guidance and encouragement. Find your feet, you’ll be surprised how many share your concerns & pre-conceptions. But the reward of overcoming these in a group is huge.
Maps (paper & digital) have always featured in my life, although I was renowned for getting lost. Gained the nickname ‘sherpa’ after losing the route on a guided cycle challenge…. But with a combination of GPS devices, mobile and paper maps I’ve managed to improve and navigation ‘nouse’.
Backpacks don’t really feature but as a general rule food & hydration dominate – gels & chews for a run, energy bar & banana for a ride.
Flapjacks, yum yum !!