Five weeks remain until the first outdoor triathlon in the state. And it’s not too late to start training.
Essential to every successful training regime is the coveted brick workout. Newbies out there may be wondering if they need to find their way to the patio section of Menards, but no, the brick workout simply means a mixture of two disciplines in race order. We at SDTriNews.com will try to bring you a weekly workout throughout the season to help you mix up your training a bit and find yourself fit and strong as you prepare to don the spandex for the season.
This week’s brick workout comes from USAT Elite Coach Mike Ricci, the head coach for the University of Colorado Triathlon Team in 2013. He is also the owner and operator of Boulder-based D3 Multisport (D3multisport.com). He says this workout makes for a great sprint race simulation. “Your legs will be absolutely smoked on the run, just like in the race,” Ricci says. “Do this for 4–5 weeks leading up to your race and it will benefit you a ton.”
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By Gale Bernhardt | For Active.com
don’t know if it is accurate to write that triathlon is “the” fastest growing sport in the world; but it has definitely got to be in the top few.
If you survey people that have completed a triathlon and ask them why they decided to participate in the sport—what got them there—you may get an answer included in the list below:
- I had too many running injuries and needed to do cross training to heal myself. Once I began cycling and swimming, I realized I enjoyed the variety and didn’t want to stop.
- I wanted a new challenge, a change from my regular activities.
- It was a stake in the ground. I decided to make changes to my life and triathlon was the start.
- I wanted a way to celebrate my next birthday.
- I was decent at several sports and the idea of combining them into a single competition seemed to be to my advantage.
- I watched a multisport event and thought the madness looked like a lot of fun.
- It’s a great way to stay fit because I get an overall workout—cycling and running do nothing for my upper body.
- My buddies and I made a bet. I say a good cyclist can slaughter a good runner or a good swimmer in a multisport event. My buddies disagree. I guess we’ll just have to test those theories. Bring on the race.
The summer is still young and there is plenty of time for you to train for and successfully complete a triathlon. Need more help?
Here are ten tips for first-time triathletes:
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by Ben Greenfield
If you want some good entertainment, head over to the swim-bike transition exit of any triathlon. There you’ll find triathletes swerving, fumbling, and falling all over the road as they attempt to simultaneously clip into their pedals, steer out of the transition area, and sometimes even eat—although why that bar can’t wait just a few minutes to be eaten has always baffled me. Triathlon cycling requires a unique set of skills in addition to those required of traditional cyclists.
You can usually spot the triathletes in a group of cyclists on the road. They are the ones that swerve dangerously away from the shoulder, obliviously locked into their aerobars, a position that can be notoriously difficult to handle compared to the traditional road cycling handlebar position.
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By Paul Johnson
You are signed up for your first race, you are training, and the race date is fast approaching. Now your mind shifts to the race-day logistics. A common question from newcomers to triathlon is “what do you wear during the race?” The good news is that there is more than one right answer to this question, and here are a few thoughts that can help you properly gear up for your training and race. HITS races occur throughout the country and in a variety of climates and weather conditions, so there might be a few ways to answer this question. While we realize that everyone will have their own budget as well as a different desired performance level when they race in a triathlon, here are a few hard and fast rules when it comes to triathlon clothing.
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By Jim Vance Amidst the intervals, data, devices, diets and all the other ways that athletes are trying to “gain an edge” in endurance training, it can be easy to forget the basics. The number one most important rule of training, which is often forgotten, is consistency. There is no training program or workout any coach can devise that can make up for a lack of consistency in training. The higher your goals are as an athlete, the more important consistency is. read more . . .