Why Cycling Should Dominate Your Training Schedule

Cycling is about half the actual competition time, so your training needs to be set accordingly.  The amount of time and effort spent on your cycling training should equal or exceed the training for swimming and running combined.

You need to make sure you take this into consideration as you put your triathlon training plan together.  The triathlon is a competition against the clock.

A technique like drafting, which is where several riders will cluster close together to reduce the air resistance of the group is not allowed.

This has impacted the design of the triathlon bicycles, especially when it comes to the size of the triathlon bicycle wheels.  The only time that drafting is o.k. is during the Olympic Games and during professional short distance competitions.

I started training for triathlons I was 15 years old and had a big advantage over others because I was going to school on a bike just about every day for about 7 years.

That ended up being about five miles or eight kilometers one way.  Without any other training, I was getting about 50 miles a week.  And since I was using a mountain bike it didn’t really matter to me if it was summer or winter.

I ended up losing this wonderful opportunity when I was providing mandatory military service in Germany along with my first job later.

But if you happen to need to drive several miles to get to work and have the opportunity to shower once you get there and then changing your method to bicycling can help save training time in this particular discipline.

You will be able to collect the necessary miles or kilometers needed for your basic endurance.

Once you are able to get the basic endurance down in your legs you will easily be able to increase the speed by changing the training schedule a little bit and interspersing tempo units and potentially doing some workouts that are at a higher intensity.

Visit the Cycling High Intensity Training article to get more information regarding this topic.

For those who are able to sustain an average cycling speed of 22 – 25 miles per hour, or 35 – 40 kilometers per hour, aerodynamics will become an important factor to consider.

By reducing the air resistance by a some sort of percentage can add up massively after you get to the 25 miles or even 112 miles of cycling.

Good luck!

Terry

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