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The Triathlon Show 2013

sarahleonardby sarahleonardMar 2nd 2013
Yesterday we visited the Triathlon Show at Sandown Park. It's a bit of a journey for us, but still possible to drive there and back in one day. We decided to go on the Friday when it was likely to be quieter, the only drawback being that the seminars take place over the weekend, as do visits from big names like Chris Boardman. It was still worth the journey though with plenty going on.
The Triathlon Show 2013
There was a huge array of exhibitors and many opportunities to view, sample and purchase goods. I like the venue and found it preferable to the NEC where we had visited the cycle show last year (even though it was further to travel).

There were lots of the well known triathlon brands and some newer names that I'd not come across before. I thought that I'd just mention a few that took the time to chat to me.

Races

It's great to see new triathlon races appearing as is suggests that the sport is growing and more people are keen to give triathlon a go.

Two new races for 2013 include:
The Triathlon Show 2013
The Guildford Aquathlon Series an open water swim and off road run plus the National Trust provided permission for the first official swim events to take place along a section of the River Wey).
The Triathlon Show 2013
The Hurtleberry, held in the seriously beautifully and very hilly Hurtwood. I liked the sound of this race because it also provides kids races so the family can enjoy a day out together.
The Triathlon Show 2013
We also liked TriTogether who run a triathlon series for people of all ages, abilities and are supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability. They offer races which are shorter distance and therefore manageable for anyone wanting to try it out.
The Triathlon Show 2013
Tri-Adventure again a bit different, they provide races for people who want to get into or are new into adventure racing. The events are shorter than standard adventure races and so good for novices and family friendly.
The Triathlon Show 2013
We also bumped into Racetime Events which TriBlogs sponsor and who organise great multi-sport races in and around Leicestershire and provide a free novice training day for race entrants of the Desford Triathlon in conjunction with BTF.

Clothing

I decided not to try on any clothing due to my growing baby bump and I didn't see any brands that provided a maternity range. Instead, I made an executive decision to head for the food and nutrition stands.

Nutrition
The Triathlon Show 2013
We chatted with the guys on the USN stand, they always have a really buzzy stand, are really friendly and give you their time. They have a wide range of sports nutrition products and we liked the sound of the EpicPro all-in-one which is a recovery drink but also good for long events or training sessions. We took some to try out. This product is not particularly suitable for me being pregnant as my training is now done in short duration, low intensity but reasonably frequent sessions. However, I'm sure we have plenty of willing volunteers to try it out.
The Triathlon Show 2013
I like natural nutrition products and I'd not come a cross Bounce before so it was only right that I try their natural energy balls. This product is good for those that need a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet the selection is nut based (yum!).
The Triathlon Show 2013
We also visited a few hydration stands. H2ProHydrate are fairly new on the scene and gave you the opportunity to find out more about the electrolyte concentrations in your sweat. They product range is based on providing different concentrations of electrolyte in drinks depending on the individual's sweat concentration and volume. I think this would suit individuals that like to be very scientific about their training. It did taste nice and I may add it to my repertoire of electrolyte drinks along with nuun.

Lastly another new energy drink (to me anyway) was Orbana. Apparently this product is a healthy energy drink which provides endurance without the dreaded spike and crash. Like with any of these products you need to try them out during training to find out what suits you and so it's difficult to judge, but it tasted nice so that's a good start.
 
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