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Two Myths about Triathlons

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Attorney J. Christopher Llinas represents clients involved in various criminal and appeals proceedings through his private firm in Ocean Pines, Maryland. Outside of his legal career, Christopher Llinas has completed dozens of marathons and triathlons, including several Ironman competitions, an event that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run.

When people hear the words “Ironman triathlon” they are often intimidated, thinking that it must take a feat of superhuman strength to complete one. While the Ironman itself is challenging, breaking into triathlons isn’t as difficult as some think. Here are two myths that often keep beginners at bay.

Many interested in competing in triathlons assume that the Ironman is the only variety, but that’s not true. For beginners, there are several events far less strenuous than the Ironman. Sprint events, in particular, are much shorter, consisting of only a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5k run.

Others tend to shy away because they think they need to do undertake significant strength training beforehand in order to avoid injury. While strength training is good for a person’s overall health, it’s rest in between training cycles that stands as the most important deterrent for injury in the triathlete.

Mistakes to Avoid on Long Runs

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Based in Maryland, Christopher Llinas served as corporate counsel for Royal Plus, Inc., a disaster restoration company headquartered in Snow Hill, from January 2007 to April 2015. When he’s not working, Christopher Llinas enjoys long distance running.

Long distance running is a fun, if challenging, way to stay in shape. Like any sport, there are risks involved—however, here a few tips to keep runners safe.

First off, runners should be careful not to run too far, too fast. Taking on too many miles is an easy way to hurt your body. The best thing to do is to find a training plan specific for the longest run you want to achieve.

Additionally, many runners increase their speed too quickly, especially those used to shorter runs. A good rule of thumb is to run at a pace that is easy enough so that you can carry on a conversation. Also, runners should vary the lengths of their runs—do not run too many long runs in succession and give the body time to recover.