British Triathlete, Sam Dickinson Shares his Top Tips for Training

What are your top 3 tips for exercising outside and how do these change according to the weather?

Preparation, especially when cycling. Looking at the weather and wrapping up to battle the harsh Yorkshire winters or putting my P20 Continuous Spray on if I’m out in the rays. Hydration, I use electrolyte tabs but even in the cold you need to hydrate. Enjoyment, exploring the outdoors is what got me into sport. 

What are your 5 must-haves for exercising in the great outdoors?

Sunglasses, I race in shades so believe training in them important too; P20 SPF50 on hot days, The correct footwear to match your activity (trail shoes or track spikes). Finally you need an enthusiastic training group to get you through the tough times and a house key to get back in!

What is your favourite part of being in the British Triathlon team?

The belief you will succeed. This comes from the winning culture the team has created in the past with such dominant results, and I’m excited to be part of its future.

What advice would you give to anyone training for a triathlon or physical challenge?

I would say train hard but find ways to stay motivated, whether that be an inspirational figure or even music you like to train to. Motivation plays a big role in my training and when my goals and motivation align, even in the hard days I think to myself there’s nothing I’d rather be doing more than this. Then you make vast improvements.

Can you describe your typical training routine?

I train on average 25-30 hours a week, this includes 5 swims (one of them open water in a lake), I ride 6 times a week with 3 long rides and one changing effort with a run off, then I run 6 times a week too with 2 sessions on Tuesday and Saturday. 

What key competitive events have you got coming up this year?

I have the European Sprint distance championships to race in Tartu, Estonia. Followed by either World university games or Karlovy Vary world cup.