Carl Vidgen


In five years’ time, I will be:

A constant challenger for the ITU world championships Aquabike race winner.

Career Highlights

  • Achieving Team GB age group status for Aquabike
  • 3rd place in 2016 Aj bell London triathlon super sprint.

What does your standard training week involve?

My standard week of training will comprise of 3 swims, 3 bike sessions, 2 runs and some core work. I mix in a brick session of run bike run or swim bike.

Where is your favourite place to train?

The olympic Aquatic centre swimming pool for my long swim sessions.

What is your favourite race?

My favourite race so far has been a very scenic sprint Triathlon in Bassenthwaite, Lake District. The lake was choppy and the surrounding hillside made for spectacular cycle. The run saw me tackle a hill like no other, so steep people had to walk it... it was a never ending climb.

What are your top 3 Kymira Sport garments?
When do you use them and why?

Core 3.0 Running Leggings

I use these every run, from scorching hot to freezing cold. They support my major muscles and keep my temperature regulated to enable optimum performance.

Infrared Compression Socks

Infrared compression socks for runs and bike rides, they keep my calves supported and enable me to push for longer

Infrared Fleece Gloves

Fleeced gloves, not only do I use these for runs and bike rides but every day use during Winter.

What is your favourite training accessory?

My favourite training accessory is my Garmin 735xt. This watch has transformed my training, I can keep an eye on my heart rate, training levels and new personal bests.

What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?

My toughest experience so far was completing the Hever Castle Aquabike iron distance. I learnt that no matter how exhausted you feel that pure grit and determination will see you accomplish your goal. I also learnt that a well thought nutrition plan is vital for maintaining a solid pace.  

What is the most common training mistake you see? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?

Lack of rest and recovery. Athletes always want to better themselves, no one really wants to have a rest day but recovery and rest play a vital role in progression. My tip is always to ensure you have enough sleep.

What motivates you to train and race harder?

The constant battle to better myself. Always one more km or one more rep. Medals And trophies are lovely to battle for but Beating my personal best is always my goal.

Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:

Big race meals consist of pasta and more pasta. Throw in a load of protein and hydration is key! Plenty of water.

How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?

It's very hard to keep an equal balance of training and life. My training plan is a flexible one, which enables me to pick and choose my sessions depending on tiredness, available time and other commitments.

What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful?

I find Whey Protein the best to help me recover after a hard training session.

What is the best thing about being an athlete?

The sense of Fulfilment in achieving a sporting milestone. I love the compassion and dedication I share with so many other athletes.

What is the worst thing about being an athlete?

Aching muscles.