Bike Position Blueprint - Tips for Cycling Posture Part 1
Author: Jeffrey Bell
It's as easy as riding a bike, right? Not quite... As you're training for the Nations Triathlon, there's no doubt you have a head full of information focused on technique. From every moving body part of the proper swim stroke, to each deliberately calculated step of the run, the last thing you need to burden your triathlon brain with is cycling technique - after all, biking is just as easy as, well, riding a bike...right? Not quite... This blog provides tips on 5 components of proper body posture on the bike to help you improve efficiency, power, and avoid injury. Some of these tips may seem second nature, some may never have entered your mind, but applying these principles during training is sure to make the middle portion of triathlon that much easier. *This is part 1 of 2 entries on cycling posture - next week's entry will focus on pedaling technique and cadence.
How to Keep Your Training Intact When Your Time Is Scarce
Author: Jeff Horowitz
The very nature of triathlon is ambitious, three sports in one day. However, to many people, the training is the aspect that is the most intimidating. How does one find time to train for three sports? Here are some tips to conquer the often heard challenge of not having enough time to train by a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and 20 year Personal Trainer Veteran, Jeff Horowitz.
Technology for Training Part 2: Technology v Zen
Author: Mike Hamberger
Technology vs. Psychology. Garmin vs. Zen. Pace vs. Intensity. Do you know the differences? Technological advances help us monitor our progress and keep the training consistent, but to be reliant on them and/or to engage in too much data crunching often detracts from our ability to make real-time adjustments when it counts most. There is a difference between pace and intensity, with intensity being much more important for triathletes due to the myriad of factors that affect pace on the course. It's very possible that holding yourself to a given intensity will bring you to your predicted- or goal-pace (and vice versa), but always consider the race conditions and your body's real-time status first. Race based on feel. GPS watches, power meters, and heart rate monitors will not always guide you when you want to actually race someone, or when you're attempting to judge if your speed is too fast or slow at the moment. You need to know your limits and what you're capable of achieving based on how your body feels and which body parts are speaking to you. For instance, a GPS watch should not be telling you how fast to run during the middle of a race, it should merely be satisfying your curiosity.