Check Out The Insane Training Regimen Of A 37-Year-Old Olympic Triathlete

Simon Whitfield

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The triathlon is one of the most physically demanding events at the Olympic Games, requiring athletes to swim 1,500 meters, bike 24.9 miles and run 6.2 miles.The event was first added to the Olympic lineup in 2000, and Canadian Simon Whitfield has already won two medals in the event — including the gold at Sydney.

This video from specialised takes viewers through an average day of training for Whitfield, who at 37 years old will be competing in his fourth Olympics in London.

He then heads to meet with a training group for an early-morning 100 kilometer ride.

On this particular day, Whitfield focused on speed drills.

Whitfield and the group increase the pace of the ride throughout the morning.

At 7 a.m., Whitfield gets off the bike and immediately transitions to a run.

He runs for two laps around a mile-long loop.

He then rests for just two minutes, and goes for another two-mile run.

By 9 a.m., it's breakfast time.

He always takes time to play with his two children.

After a short rest, it's time for an open-water swim around the islands at Thetis Lake.

In all, Whitfield swims for around 2.3 miles.

He then hits the road again at 3 p.m. for another long run — this time he stopped at 35 kilometers.

Whitfield forces himself to stop training by 5 p.m. to spend time at home with his family, and he'll be up at 5 a.m. the next morning to do it all again...

See the full video of Whitfield's training regimen below.

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