The Key to Triathlon Success

In order to be a very good triathlete, the ability to come off the bike leg with legs that haven’t been robbed of their running strength is paramount.

 

 

‘Runners’ effectively negate their natural running ability

Typically, strong runners who lack adequate biking training will post unusually slow times on the run, simply because the cycling has worn them down. These normally fast runners begin the run on sore, tired legs, often even close to cramping if they don’t have the appropriate training and necessary cyclingtraining under their belts.

It matters not that they have a better runner’s body, or that their marathon bests beat cyclists’ by more than 30 minutes. By not adequately training on the bike, ‘runners’ effectively negate their natural running ability.

Remember, even if your goal is simply to finish your first race – the same rules apply

Because many triathletes come from a running background, biking is often the 2nd most feared event among the three (behind everyone’s bogey of the open water swim).

For a newbie, biking might not be as intimidating as open-water swimming, but there are many reasons why some triathletes avoid cycling training. Some find the speeds too nerve-racking, or maybe the danger of riding in traffic is a factor. Some simply find biking uncomfortable or monotonous.

Riding comprises the majority of a triathlon

Regardless of what your aversion is to cycling (for those who have one), understand this: Riding comprises the majority of time in a triathlon.

Regardless of how you train, you will spend most of your race on a bicycle saddle. So now would be the right time to get used to riding if you plan on attempting a triathlon. That’s not to say you will necessarily find bicycle training to be unpleasant. You may find the open roads to be an escape from everyday stress, group rides to be excellent social outings, and the dizzying speeds of downhills to be uplifting experiences.

I know I do!

Terry

 

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