Athlete Profile- Lindsey Lawry
NAME: Lindsey Lawry
Following his debut pro race at Geelong 70.3, I had a few questions for Lindsey to get his perspective on why strength training is an important part of his triathlon training. With a 6-minute PB run split at Geelong, his training and racing is heading in the right direction… stay tuned for some great results in the near future.
With a background in surf lifesaving the endurance base is evident but Lindsey had minimal experience with strength training. Since commencing strength training a few months ago, and never missing a session, he is now seeing some real benefits of a structured program.
What got you into triathlon?
I have always liked swimming and running and competed in surf lifesaving as a kid and I also followed cycling growing up. The idea of becoming a triathlete was always in the back of my mind but I never acted on it. It wasn’t until a friend convinced me to come for a spin with him on a spare bike that I was hooked!
I don’t really have one, I enjoy them all.
How does strength training fit into your triathlon training?
It actually fits very well. I complete 2 sessions per week in the gym and it doesn’t fatigue me at all for the next day. I find that it allows my body to switch on for other sessions and acts as a restart for my body.
What do you feel are the major benefits of strength training?
I definitely feel more flexible and stronger through my hips and lower back. I feel that it helps to activate and strengthen the different muscles that are required for my triathlon training. I also find that when I’m running off the bike I can hold form a lot better and don’t seem to fatigue as easily during longer runs.
Favourite strength exercise? Why?
The RDL. I have never done it before and really feel that it helps with the flexibility in my hamstrings and strengthens them at the same time.