5 Minutes with Jenson Button
After competing in the London Triathlon, Jenson Button caught up with The Tab.
Having just competed in the London Triathlon, Jenson Button caught up with The Tab to tell us about his training regime and why the Make A Wish Foundation is so important to him.
Tabatha Leggett and Holly Stevenson: You have already completed two triathlons; what made you want to want to do it again, and what exactly does it involve?
Jenson Button: I got into triathlons a couple of years ago. They’re a great way to keep fit and it’s also nice to have something away from Formula 1 that I can compete in. The training involves some sprint triathlons which is a 750m swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. And then the Olympic distance triathlons, which is what the London Triathlon is, involves a 1.5km swim, a 40k bike ride and then a 10k run.
TL and HS: How does training for triathlons compare to training for F1 races?
JB: My training works across both, so it’s ideal. There is also some F1 specific training that I do such as work on my neck which helps deal with the pressure of the G-force – I’ve ended up with quite a freaky neck for my frame!
TL and HS: Why is the Make a Wish foundation important to you?
JB: Make A Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses, and it is a real privilege to be involved with them. The kids are so inspirational and I’ve had the honour of meeting a number of them over the years.
TL and HS: What is the proudest moment of your career so far? Does completing a triathlon give you the same sense of pride as winning a race?
JB: I mean, crossing the line in Brazil, having achieved my life dream, was an unbelievable feeling. I’ve had some great moments in my career: from that, right back to finding out I had been awarded a drive in F1 for the first time. I have a lot of special memories, but Brazil would have to be my number one. There’s definitely a huge amount of personal satisfaction when finishing a triathlon, especially in knowing you have pushed yourself as hard as you can.
To sponsor Jenson Button, visit his JustGiving page here.