As the race season in Ahmedabad is almost over, we invited fellow runners and endurance sports enthusiasts for a panel discussion, ‘Ask the Experts - What’s Next?’ with our mentors and leading athletes from Ahmedabad.
- Yagnesh Ahir - Professional Cyclist and a Founder - Amdavad Crankmeisters
- Priyanka Dalal - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Sports Performance Coach
- Hemal Shah - Ultramarathon and Trail Marathon Runner
- Kavita Shah - Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor, National level Swimmer, and an Avid runner
- Khushboo Bajaj - Marathon Runner and a Certified Diet and Nutrition Specialist
Kavita Shah, a Contributing Partner at 42.1, a Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor, National-level Swimmer, and an avid runner cleared doubts of participants on swimming, running and triathlon in general.
Here is an excerpt;
Q: What is the hardest part of a Triathlon?
KS: For amateur athletes, it is undoubtedly swimming. Every healthy person knows how to run, probably something around 70% or more people know how to bike, and probably less than 20% of people know how to swim freestyle with head submerged in water.
Q: How does Swimming help in running or pursuing any endurance sports?
KS: Swimmers have a good aerobic capacity and, trained in rhythmic breathing which makes running or pursuing any other endurance sport easy for them. Swimmers can naturally run as they don’t get tired easily.
However, flexible ankles may make long distance running a little difficult for amateur athletes.
Q: How does an amateur athlete begin? Should he start with running OR swimming?
KS: For a beginner, running is all about posture and lower body strength. A bad posture may lead to severe backache and may discourage the athlete from going further. Swimming doesn’t require weight bearing training as there is no gravity unlike in running where the entire weight is on the legs.
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