According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a Weekend Warrior is ‘a person who does a particular activity (such as sport) only on the weekends’. However, the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon meaning is somewhat different…
‘A person of great ambition, not satisfied with the achievement of taking part in the challenge of one triathlon but wanting to push their body to the limit and complete as many triathlons as they possibly can, on one weekend’.
In 2017, 62 Weekend Warriors completed a total of 358 Sprint distance triathlons over the course of the weekend, making a total of 268.5km in the water, 7088.4km on the bike and 1933.2km on the run.
London resident Shaun Wood broke the existing Weekend Warrior record completing an immense nine sprint distance triathlons over the course of the weekend, five on the first day and four on the second. Shaun said:
“I had it in my mind from the beginning that I wanted to break the record at Blenheim. To do that I knew that logistically, with the timings, I would have to get 5 triathlons’ done in the first day, which I did. To come out on the second day and manage four was great.”
“I’m absolutely over the moon to have broken the record here at the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon, it’s a really beautiful course, but the elements can be tough when you’re racing against them at times. The camaraderie and friendship of the Weekend Warriors really helped me to get through those tough moments”.
When asked what was tougher, the Weekend Warrior or IRONMAN, Shaun immediately replied “Weekend Warrior – 100%”.
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