Ms. Namita Nayyar: Before taking up this sport, you’ve also been a swimmer and runner. How has that contributed in your success as a Triathlete?
Ms. Rachel Klamer: A professional swimmer often has a different build than a professional triathlete. As swimming is a technical sport, it’s important to have a background in it. It’s not easy to learn the right swimming technique when you are older, but it’s possible. It just takes a lot of time! Cycling is easier to learn, although many triathletes underestimate the technical part of it.
I think everyone can do a triathlon, but having the right body type or having a swimming and running talent, will make it just a bit easier!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Rachel Klamer: During the season I train a couple of times a day, in off season I will take a couple of days off and then stick to one or two sessions a day. Every day we tend to focus on a different discipline. For example: on Tuesdays we run twice and on Sundays we go for a long ride. On the days where we run more, we swim and bike less.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Rachel Klamer: I think everyone should eat healthy, whether you are an active person or not.
My breakfast often contains of a cup of tea, peace of fruit and a big bowl of oats, or yoghurt & muesli.
Lunch will be bread, with different spreads (cheese, egg, salad or nutella, jam etc). I’m a real sweet tooth (and love chocolate), so I have something sweet with basically every meal!
Dinner varies! I often train with my boyfriend and on days we come back from training late we make something quick. Those days we eat very simple but healthy! Even when you are really busy, it is always possible to put a quick healthy meal on the table! Frozen/canned vegetables, canned tuna/chicken, pasta, tomato sauce and your dinner is ready in 15min!
I have snacks in between the main meals (muesli bars, fruit, yoghurt etc) and depending on how hard I train I might even repeat breakfast or lunch..
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