Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

We are all surrounded by stereotypes, so when we say triathlon, we imagine serious men in starting suits or dry girls with pumped up abs and a rich sports past. The heroine of our interview today is a fitness blogger, Reebok ambassador Anastasia Tukmacheva in the summer she went to the triathlon start for the first time, and now she looks to the future with confidence and is ready to swing at a real Ironman.

Nastya Is the best proof that intensive training will not only not harm your figure, but will also help maintain a beautiful feminine relief, and an ambitious goal like overcoming an iron distance will only add a playful sparkle in the eyes.

We met the heroine of our material right after her master class at the Reebok. Become Human festival to learn more about the specifics of her workouts and how to start her journey to a healthy and beautiful body.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- Let's start with the most important question: how did such a fragile and petite girl decide to start triathlon?

- It all started with iloverunning sports school offers to learn to crawl in a month. I love sports challenges and immediately agreed. A month later, I came to the school headquarters for some kind of lecture and saw on the wall a plan of preparation for the half iron distance Ironman. It seemed to me a rather ambitious and difficult (at that time almost impossible) goal, which I fired up. It clicked in my head, and the decision to participate was made.

- What base and training did you have at the time of your first training in triathlon?

- To triathlon I came from the run. I ran my first half marathon in August 2016, having independently prepared for it in three months. There was the same story about I can. Then there were three more half-marathons, a passion for crossfit and strength training in the gym. I also took part in the Reebok Challenge Run. Become Human.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- Many businessmen come to triathlon in order to improve their business skills, learn how to distribute themselves over the distance and in life, become more enduring and more productive. What qualities have helped you to discover triathlon in yourself, do they help you in everyday life?

- Triathlon helped me to strengthen my faith in myself and my strength. Ironman motto: “Anything is possible” - yes, it is. We do not even suspect what potential is hidden in each of us. A goal that seems unattainable and impossible is subdued, it is just a matter of time and perseverance. Perhaps this sport can seriously expand your horizons. Overcoming ourselves, we grow in every sense: not only physically we become stronger, but also psychologically, morally.

- Which of the disciplines in the triathlon is the most difficult for you?oops?

- Swimming is the worst, but it's also a matter of time and training. There is nothing difficult here.


- Did you swim before starting triathlon?

- One month ... It is difficult to call it swimming: rather, I was floating on the water.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- How regularly do you exercise in the pool?

- Twice a week.

- As for swimming technique, how are you Do you think how important it is to immediately swim correctly?

- First you need to stop being afraid of water, to feel that in fact you are not drowning, it holds you. Having felt this moment, you can move on to the technique. It is, of course, important and only comes with many hours of experience. My coach Roman Bauer helped me.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurina, Championship

- Do you have any favorite exercises that you can do on land in order to get ready for swimming?

- I don't, but my coach has ( laughs ). This is a set of exercises with a rubber band, for example, well, nowhere without warming up the joints.

- What were your first impressions of swimming in open water? How difficult was it, what exactly confused you the most?

- It was very exciting. For the third time in my life, I put on a wetsuit that was choking me, my glasses broke a second before the start. Waves constantly beat in the face, it is impossible to breathe, there are hundreds of arms and legs in the water, reminiscent of fish spawning. I waited for the wave of fast competitors to subside so as not to get hit on the head.

- How do you feel in a wetsuit now?

- I'm not very much comfortable in a wetsuit, although this is also a matter of habit and practice. In warm water, it seems to me, you can easily do without it. They say that it is faster to swim in it, but you still need to take it off in transit, and this will also take time - that is what it will do.

- They say that it is a task for someone to take off the hydric suit more difficult than swimming in it.

- If it is cold outside, then removing it with frozen hands can be really difficult. Otherwise, just smear Vaseline on your wrists and ankles before putting it on, and you can easily slip out of your wetsuit.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurina, Championship

- Why is swimming in a starter suit cooler than in a swimsuit? Or how else to recognize a newbie at the start?

- Leave your swimsuit for the beach. It is customary to swim, ride and run in the same starter suit, of course, if you are competing and not participating in a triathlon fashion show ( laughs ). The starting suit has a cycling amp for the cycle stage, and in general the fabric does not differ much from the swimsuit and dries quickly. And the beginner at the start, in addition to a swimsuit, is given out by chattering teeth and crazy eyes.

- What is the minimum equipment needed for training in the pool and for the first start?

- For the pool, a swimsuit, cap, glasses, calabash and planks are enough. To the start is added a wetsuit, petroleum jelly and a bag (to put it on easily).

- Was this the first season in your triathlon history? What starts did you manage to do and what distance do you plan to swing next year?

- Yes, it was the first season. In March 2018, I went to a 10-day camp in Cyprus and at the end I did my first Sprint in a local competition. This was my first step in triathlon. Before this trip, I had never sat on a road bike and never put on a wetsuit. Nevertheless, I covered the distance in 1 hour 42 minutes without losses. Thanks to the coach for that. Then there was a series of starts from IRONSTAR: 1/8 indoor competition in the World Class, 1/8 in Sochi, where I improved my time - 1 hour 32 minutes, 1/4 in Zavidovo - 3 hours 2 minutes, and finally, cherry on cake - 1/2 in Kazan in 6 hours 17 minutes.

- They say that now triathlon is not just a sport, it is a fashion, a trend, if I may say so, even a lifestyle. Do you agree with this statement? How has your life changed after triathlon appeared in it?

- This is a sect. I'll tell you this: after the first start, you will run like a bitten one and want more. Triathlon trains the ability to distribute one's strength. This skill will be useful not only in sports, but also in business, in life. It often happens that, having started some business, we are burning with an idea, rushing to fulfillment and exhausted, giving up without waiting for the results. So here: if you hit it at the start, if you give it all right away, then you will not see the finish line. This sport trains perseverance, endurance, temper character. You also need to have a high degree of self-control in training - the result depends only on you.


- Before starting triathlon, did you ride a road bike? Can you describe the feeling of your first ride?

- No, I only rode a regular bike with a basket. As soon as she sat down, she immediately fell. Learning to get in and out of the clip-on pedals proved to be a challenge. It was scary that something or someone would unexpectedly get in my way.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- How did you learn to ride on the contact pedals? Did you have bruises and falls? Or did it work more or less immediately?

- Studied with coaches. The first day of exploring the clipless pedals was devoted exclusively to falls, I skinned all my legs, knees and elbow. In the evening I went alone, but I felt extremely insecure.

- What is the most important thing when riding on the contact pedals? After all, it is even psychologically difficult to imagine that your legs are fastened to something.

- This is a matter of habit. Over time, you stop thinking about it. I advise beginners at first not toUse one leg, especially if there is a potential obstacle in the way.

- How are your cycling trainings: is it a gym and a street or just riding a cycle track?

- As long as the weather permits - the street, with the onset of cold weather I move to the triathlon center and train on a watt bike (a special simulator that imitates a road bike).

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurina, Championship

- What should you pay attention to when training in the gym? The number of kilometers, power, wool?

- For all of the above. We have different workouts: pedaling technique, power, mileage. Usually, once a week we roll up volume - from 70 to 120 km per workout, depending on the goal for which the athlete is preparing.

- What is the minimum set of equipment needed to complete the cycling stage?

- Bicycle, starting suit, helmet, glasses, belt with a number, flask with water, sports nutrition (gels).

- What is the most important thing to buy before getting on the bike?

- Of course a helmet. If we are talking about a road bike, then without cycling shoes you will not go anywhere, and you also need glasses. And, of course, cycling shorts.

- Which is easier for you: swim or ride a bike?

- Of course, a bicycle! I only dream about it while I swim.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- What is the maximum speed that you developed during training?

- Honestly, I did not measure the maximum, but the average is about 30-32 km.


- If you could rearrange the disciplines in the triathlon, would you leave the running stage at the end or postpone it?

- I would like first led, then running, and at the end swimming: after running it would be great to plunge. But seriously, everything is in its place.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- How are your running workouts going?

- I like long-distance running and do not like sprints, acceleration workouts, although they are just the most working, as they develop endurance .

- How important is it to run in the right running shoes?

- Very important. It is important to know everything about setting your foot when running, pronation, choosing shoes and making insoles. This will save you from injury.

Anastasia Tukmacheva: femininity and sexuality in triathlon

Photo: Valeria Shugurin, Championship

- How important is general physical fitness during a triathlon start? Is it worth doing in the gym or is all you need to do is swim, twist and run?

- In the training plan of a triathlete, there must be both circular and strength training in the gym. The body should be developed harmoniously.

- Do you plan to swing at IRONMAN in the future? If so, where would you like to make it?

- Yes, of course! Anyoh triathlete dreams about it. I'll do a full Ironman next year, almost sure in Barcelona.

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