Train smarterWhen the weather turns cold, wet and icy, training suddenly seems a lot less enjoyable, so you can grit your teeth and face whatever nature throws at you, or grind out the miles on the treadmill and the turbo trainer. Or you could be smart and do both.Elite triathlet...
to picking the perfect triathlon that suits your level of experience:Small races - forA pool swim is a great first step to build confidence before the open water.A relaxed atmosphere will help as you start to iron out kit and transition area organisation. All
offers in relation to your ability.Some clubs are better than others at breaking down perceptions, particularly in the way they market and organise their sessions. Many triathlon clubs put on beginner-specific sessions, or split groups to maintain even
This section is adapted from the book, Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week: From Beginner to Finish Line in Just Six Weeks, by Eric HarrPreparationDirections to the event: I cannot tell you how many times I tried to find my way to a triathlon
.Be kindIf the bike leg of your triathlon is a lapped course where you can walk back to transition if something goes wrong, you can be tough with your bike but the best way to finish is to be a bit more gentle. "I don't want to break something and throw
Breathe deeplyMany triathletes just use the top part of their lungs, taking shallow, jagged breaths as they climb. This limits how quickly and efficiently you can move fresh oxygen to working muscles. Practise breathing deep into your belly, filling your lungs entirely. As a bonu...
Sooner or later, all triathletes hit the deck, and the result, more often than not, is road rash. Thankfully, such abrasions usually require only basic care, but it must be the right care. Dr Helen Iams has worked as Medical Director for races such as the US Pro Criterium Champio...
's the message from Sam Murphy, author of Triathlon: Start to Finish. "To establish the correct nerve-to-muscle pathways, you need to perform an action lots of times," says Murphy. "Because they practise, elite athletes can run a triathlon almost as fast
have enough energy for those tasks you have to squeeze in around triathlon.The first thing you need to remember is that fuelling your body for training and recovery is not an exact science - a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. There are a huge
On the bike the wind is a problem for everyone, from the toughest veterans to weekend warriors. Consider a cyclist pedalling along at a brisk 20mph pace in calm conditions. If a headwind of only 10mph develops, the rider's pace drops to 16mph for the same effort. Forces of nature...
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