Year 12 students training for a triathlon have completed a run into the town centre and back as part of their training regime. The students undertake a different physical challenge each week to build their strength and stamina. The run, from school to Corby pool and back, was around 4.4 miles and the students covered it in times between 38 to 44 minutes each way.
Teacher Mr Clasper said: ‘The students really pushed themselves and some really felt the effects. While by the Cube we completed some press-up exercises, plyometric squats and bounding exercises to work the muscle groups in different ways - so that the students can be best prepared for the three alternating disciplines of a triathlon.
'Most of the students are experiencing DOMS up to three days after the session. This is Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness and occurs when the muscles have been worked very hard. Some are struggling with simple tasks as walking up the stairs in their house, getting in and out of the car, on and off the sofa or getting around school to lessons on the first floor!
'The pain and discomfort they are experiencing is a clear indicator that they pushed themselves and worked just outside of their comfort zone - something the triathlon will put them in to. Next time we plan to run, then swim in the pool and run back. This training is all about building endurance so we add different challenges each week to use varying muscle groups and keep the students’ motivation high - as the saying goes, no pain, no gain!’