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Triathlons By Helen Smith  4-10-05

July 2003 - Frankfurt Ironman Triathlon 7-08-03

Info on Sian Brice and Nick Kinsey


The following may still be of interest even if it is a bit old...
4 October 2005

Dear Webmaster and all at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers,

Having taken a look at your website, I thought you might be interested in posting this article about Triathlons or forwarding it to your members. It was written by our physiotherapist and clinical manager Helen Smith (MCSP SRP); Helen was the winner of last year's London Triathlon for her age group, and will be representing Great Britain in the World Triathlon in Honolulu in October, so she really is a great source of expertise and advice on the subject! Just click on this link or read the whole article below, to see what she recommends as vital for preparation and preventing injury when competing in a Triathlon.


If you did wish to use the article on your website I would appreciate it if you could include a link to our site: We are a Private Physiotherapist clinic with 6 practices across London (including Canary Wharf, Wimbledon and Cheam in Surrey), offering top of the range treatment to both professional and amateur sports people. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to telephone our main City reception 020 7283 0108 to chat to our area manager, Kim Israel.


Thank you for your time, and I wish you all the best success this season!


Kind regards,


Amy, Administrator, physio in the city.




So what is a triathlon?

The most common race is an Olympic distance comprising of 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run. You are timed from the start of your swim to the end of your run and therefore any time in between, also know as transition, must be kept to a minimum. You will have to not only master the swim, bike and run but also master the skill of changing from a wet suit into your biking/running outfit.

It is a multi-discipline sport and therefore involves cross training, which is very good for you ,physically however injury issues can still arise.


When competing in a triathlon you will normally do an open water swim. This differs from swimming in a pool, firstly, because you will have to wear a wetsuit.

* It is important that you swim in your wetsuit before race day.
* The wetsuit should fit properly. It can feel very claustrophobic if it is too small and if it is too big it may slow you down.
* Use a lubricant around the neck, underarms and in-between the legs to prevent chaffing, and it will also help the wetsuit to come off quickly when you have completed your swim. It is better to use a natural base lubricant and it is advisable not to use Vaseline as it will eat into the fabric.

Secondly swimming in a lake, river or sea can be scary if you have never done it before especially if there are several people flailing their arms about, which tends to happen in a race. It is advisable to attend an open water swim before you race. There are several lakes that you can swim in and prepare yourself for an open water swim.

Thirdly it is vital that you have a good technique as swimming is a very common cause of shoulder injuries. If you develop pain during swimming, which remains persistent or presents every time you swim then you should see a physiotherapist as they can limit the pain, reduce the risk of further injury and offer preventative advice.


This is the longest part of the race and it is therefore important that you get a bike that is comfortable. It is important to practice on your bike in your racing clothes to make sure that you feel comfortable. Most importantly you must concentrate on your technique. When pedalling you must push and pull in a circular motion so that you don’t put too much stress on any one muscles group. Pain will stop you from performing so if you experience any pain whilst cycling see a physiotherapist to get advice. The pain may be caused by a muscle imbalance or tightness, which can easily be corrected through exercises which will also prevent any further problems.


Running is the final event and a common cause of all injuries, aches and pains. Correct footwear is essential if you are thinking of running any distance. It is advisable to visit a store that specialises in running so that they can advise you on choosing the correct shoe and also watch you running in the trainer. Physio in the city is now able to analyse your running style using video analysis which is more effective to pick up any problems or faults that may be causing pain or could cause injury in the future.

The triathlon is a great sport but there is no pleasure in competing with pain so if in doubt visit a physiotherapist for more advice.

Helen was the winner of the London Triathlon for her age group and has been selected to represent Great Britain in the World Triathlon in Honolulu in October 2005.

Helen Smith works at our City clinic

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July 2003 - Frankfurt Ironman Triathlon

The 4 musketeers did the Ironman in Frankfurt in July, Les Smith was the only DNF with a 'spewing' medical problem. Nick Kinsey 24th in 9hrs18mins (first Vet), John McConville 402nd (10:54) and Clayton Aves 967th (12:32).

Here is a picture from the swim start the day before the race! (Les, Clayton, Nick & John) 29-07-03

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The rest of this page has not been updated since November 2000

Our top two Triathletes were without doubt Sian Brice and Nick Kinsey.


Sian Brice crashed out during the cycling stage of the Olympic Triathlon.  Brice, 31, left the course immediately saying she was "distraught" about the incident which wrecked her Olympic dream.

She revealed she had been prevented from remounting her cycle by an official, who was concerned that she was more badly hurt.

As it was she suffered a bruised shoulder and grazes.

Great Britain team manager Greg Millet said: "I'm just very frustrated for Sian. She's a very good runner and could have made up ground.

"But sometimes you can't avoid crashes when you're in the middle of a pack. She's distraught because she expected to finish at least in the top eight."


Sian Brice Triathlon achievements

Best results:
'99 World Championships6th
'99 European Championships3rd

ITU World Cup '99
5th Tiszaujvaros
7th Kapelle-op-den-Bos
8th Sydney
8th Ishigaki
14th Gamagori

Other '99
3rd London Triathlon
1st Pepsi Max Royal Windsor Triathlon
2nd South African Triathlon

Most emotional performance:
Winning the 1997 ETU Cup Final

I was so delighted to win and at the same time I was amazed, as I was only just coming back from injury and was relatively new to the sport. That day my good friend, Annie Emmerson, had a bad race that resulted in her missing out on a medal in the final ETU cup placings. My tears were of happiness, hers were of disappointment, but we still celebrated together what was a very memorable day for me.

Most embarrassing moment in sport:
At a swimming gala when I was younger, I was waiting to start and as we stood up on our blocks I pulled off my T-shirt. To my horror (and everyone else’s amusement) my costume was only as far up as my waist!

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Some of Nick Kinsey’s Triathlon achievements

2000 July KARNTEN IRONMAN AUSTRIA TRIATHLON - KLAGENFURT AUSTRIA 1st British finisher (26th place overall) 8hrs 52mins 51secs (PB)

2000 May WORLD LONG COURSE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - NICE FRANCE 3rd British finisher (53rd overall) 7hrs 01mins25secs

1999 QUELLE IRONMAN EUROPE - ROTH GERMANY 1st British finisher (41st overall) 9hrs 12mins 37secs

1999 June BOURNEMOUTH G.P - 34th (1st M40) 2hrs 00min 38secs

1999 August SWANAGE CLASSIC - 2nd place (1st M40) 1hr 56min 55secs

1999 Sept BRIGHTON INTERNATIONAL - 8th place (1st M40) 1hr 57mins41sec

1998 HAWAII IRONMAN TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 3rd British finisher (95th overall) 9hrs 44mins 2secs

1998 QUELLE IRONMAN EUROPE - ROTH GERMANY 1st British finisher (33rd overall) 9hrs 2mins 24secs

1997 QUELLE IRONMAN EUROPE - ROTH GERMANY1st British finisher (111th overall) 9hrs 16mins


1989 EUROPEAN IRONMAN TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - DENMARK1st British finisher (25th position overall) 9hrs 15mins

1989 IRONMAN EUROPE - ROTH GERMANY 1st British finisher (New British Ironman record) 9hrs 5mins - 3rd Overall in age group 30-35 yrs.

1989 NICE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON - NICE FRANCE 33rd Overall 1st British finisher 5hrs 45mins


1988 HAWAII IRONMAN - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2nd British finisher 9hrs 58mins

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