A group of Sixth Formers are gearing up for a triathlon in a few weeks' time and have shown a marked improvement in performance since beginning their training in September. Many could barely manage a few hundred yards continuously but can now comfortably run for five miles without a break.
They signed up for the triathlon group as part of the IEC project that Sixth Formers carry out. They either choose a sporting or community activity, or opt to mentor younger students in a subject of their choice. Around 28 students signed up for the triathlon group and they will be taking part in the Northamptonshire Schools Triathlon soon.
Teachers Mr Clasper and Mr Duguid accompany the group, whose latest fitness training, a spin class, was the toughest so far. Mr Clasper said: ‘Each Wednesday afternoon we do some form of training. We obviously do a warm up, full body conditioning work, some stretching. In the first three weeks we attempted to run up the hill to the roundabout and people were doing about two in a row and then having to walk. Last week we completed a full circuit of five or so miles of Eyebrook Reservoir and none of them stopped so before they could run 150 yards and now they can run five and a half miles.
We do around 55 lengths of Corby pool in an hour and this week we have done a spin class at Lodge Park which was really hard. The students were trying to keep a certain cadence, the pedals going around at a certain speed then every 30 seconds or so they would be up in the saddle sprinting, taking themselves up to their anaerobic threshold. It was all about pushing yourself and everyone gave their all.
'The triathlon involves a 300m swim, six kilometre bike ride and three kilometre run. Each individual bit is simple, the difficult bit is finishing one and starting another, because you use different muscle groups in each. When you get into a rhythm it is fine, the real crunch is in the transitions between each activity.’