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At the end of the third lap of the marathon, I start to crack. I feel my core temperature increasing despite the cold rain and my vision is becoming blurry. My heart rate speeds up, too. A sense of pain permeates my whole body and I start to shake. I’m at kilometre 32 with 10km to go. “Not today,” I tell myself. “Today, you will not fade. You are strong. Keep your focus. Go, go, go!”

I’m not only running a marathon today. I’m in the run leg of Ironman Tallinn, Estonia, my second long-distance triathlon. When I signed up for the event in December 2019, little did I know that I’d have to juggle the training and logistics process with the restrictions of a global pandemic.

Now, I’m running surrounded by volunteers covered with face masks and face shields. Wearing gloves, they place cups, gels, bars and fruit on the designated tables. The aid stations are otherwise ‘self-service’ so athletes grab what they need by

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Rha Trueconnect 2
Released as earbuds for everyday and active use, the TrueConnect 2s boast a host of improvements over their predecessor. Aimed at endurance athletes, the new model claims a longer 44hr battery life, improved durability, and more microphones for noise
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Essential Kit
Comfort is key for all levels, so consider pads, grippers and material quality. Full-length zippers are also handy for mid-race toilet stops. £130 Performs very well on both the bike and run thanks to top-quality fabrics. Issue 378 2xu.com £179
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Kit Zone
When Blueseventy launched its Thermal Helix tri wetsuit in 2016, it was one of those ‘why hasn’t anyone done this before?’ moments. With its warm and fuzzy zirconium internal layer, here was a suit that made swimming in all seasons bearable; offering