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Faster Bike Splits for 20km to 40km Triathlons or Time Trials

As we all know riding a triathlon or time trial is very different to cycling racing. Kevin Hancett shares what he learnt many years ago from a New Zealand Olympic 100km time trial team cyclist named Stephen Cox. It’s not about speed he said but more about your average speed.

Using Power Meters in Triathlon Training

Power meters have long been a key tool in cyclists training arsenals, providing more reliable feedback on the effort being put in by a cyclist than heart rate, speed, or perceived effort, all of which are influenced by variable factors (such as climate, road conditions, athletes well being etc.).

Conducting training intervals sets using power zones is probably the most effective way of producing improved performance within the cyclist yet to date few Triathletes have picked up on this technique due to a combination of ignorance of the practice, the cost of power meters and fear of data and analysis.

Winter Triathlon Training – Just Because the Sun Doesn’t Shine Bright Doesn’t Mean Your Training Can’t!

As we face less daylight, combined with very anti-social temperatures some mornings, it can be easy to lose sight of keeping our fitness in check through winter. Although it is important to have “easy” periods with our sport, and ensure we take physical and mental breaks when needed, it’s also key to make sure our technique, fitness and strength don’t go into hibernation for too long, or we can lose a good head-start going into the next season!

Cycling Strength Training

The cycle leg is probably the discipline where most triathletes recognise the importance of “strength” in going faster, particularly when you hit the hills. Power to weight ratio will have a direct impact on your ability to keep in touch with or stay ahead of your competitors on this longest leg of the race.

In this article Bruce Thomas, level 3 Triathlon coach, looks at ways of imroving your strength and power on the bike.