Return to play

return to play - Individual Training

Whilst in England the majority of legal restrictions have been removed, there still remains a need to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 and strain on health services. As such British Triathlon and the Home Nations have been asked to continue issuing advice to promote safe participation in swim, bike, run.

The below advice should be taken alongside a common-sense approach to physical activity during the current climate as well as in the future.

If you are returning to exercising around others, consider their comfort and wishes, including whether you need to maintain some level of social distancing. Also, give consideration to how you can maintain good hygiene to protect yourself and others throughout.

 

considerations before returning to activity

  • When returning to activity and event participation, athletes should consider the following questions:
    • Do I have enough time to train properly for this event?
    • Should I start with a shorter distance than usual?
    • Will the water temperature at that time of year be something I am used to?
    • Have I got any potential health problems post Covid-19 that I should get checked out first?
  • If in doubt, then it is advisable to delay your return to competition until you are ready

 

Indoor

  • If you have not swum for a while, be mindful that you will not be at the same level of fitness as you were before
  • Swimming pools may have specific Covid-19 guidance and rules, and it is important that you follow these at the venue you attend. These may include the continuation of mask wearing and social distancing
  • Legal capacity limits have been lifted in venues as part of Step 4 so, if you are wary about being in crowded spaces, consider seeking out quieter times
  • There may not be facilities to buy refreshments at all swimming pools, so make sure you take enough fluid and nutrition to remain hydrated and energised for your swim and journey afterwards

open water

  • Open water swimming has grown in popularity during the pandemic and Beyond Swim has been set up to support safe open water swimming through helping both swimmers and venues. Visit www.beyondswim.org for more information and advice on and equipment for open water swimming

 

Getting back on the road

  • If you have not cycled for a while, be mindful that you will not be at the same level of fitness as you were before
  • Key pieces of equipment you will need when cycling are: enough drink to stay hydrated, a helmet, a roadworthy bike, a phone so you can contact someone if you need to, lights if you’ll be cycling in the dark and necessary repair kits
  • Make sure to let someone know when you’re going, where you’re going and how long you anticipate being and try to go with someone where you can
  • Be mindful of the route you are taking and be prepared for whether it is on a busy road or off-road and the terrain you will be cycling on
  • Be aware of other road users and conscious of your distance to other cyclists

how to stay safe while out running

  • If you have not run for a while, be mindful that you will not be at the same level of fitness as you were before
  • Key pieces of equipment you will need are: comfy and supporting trainers, enough drink to stay hydrated, a phone so you can contact someone if you need to
  • Make sure to let someone know when you’re going, where you’re going and how long you anticipate being and try to go with someone where you can
  • Be mindful of the route you are taking and be prepared for whether it is on a busy road or off-road and the terrain you will be cycling on
  • Be aware of other users wherever you run

 

Further links

 

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