Big 5 Sport Challenge

Matt Trautman's training tips!

2014-06-27 17:42
Matt Trautman

Knysna - Are you training for #KOF2014 and looking for some inspiration?

Whether you’re running, cycling, paddling or all of the above, you’ll be inspired by Matt Trautman.

An avid kayaker, sailor, cyclist and all-round multi-sport endurance athlete, Matt is also a 2013 #Big5Challenge Podium Finisher.

Here’s what he had to say about the experience...

What does a person need to do to be a successful multi-sport competitor?

Matt: Training for a multi sport event requires a lot of time and commitment, endurance gains aren’t seen overnight so a dedicated consistent approach to your training is required.

What do you like best about the Big 5 Sport Challenge?

Matt: Being able to race the single sport experts in the various different events.

Tell us about your training regime – what is a typical workout programme entail?

Matt: It will vary throughout the year, with more strength orientated workouts done in the off season, but I will generally try and do at least two sessions a day either swim, bike, run or gym.

Do you have any training tips you can share with others thinking of doing the Big Five Challenge for the first time?

Matt: Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. You have to love the training process, if you’re going to stick at it for any length of time, training in a group certainly helps with motivation and with the enjoyment factor, a change of scenery also helps. Do some training on the road some off the road, in the pool or in a dam.

Do you have a favourite training soundtrack you like to listen to?

Matt: A bit of Johnny Clegg always gets me going.

How do you reward yourself after a particularly challenging competition?

Matt: A beer and a burger does the trick.

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