Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Transitions Never Easy

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Transitions Never Easy

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ONE of the most common questions that I get asked about triathlon is C[pounds sterling]what is the secret to running off the bike?C[yen]

When your legs go from pedalling to running, or try to at least, is in my mind the single toughest part of a triathlon (second is the washing machine effect in the water at the swim start).

Firstly, if you are doing your first triathlon, and you are worried about the transition there is only one way to get used to it and that is to train. For the seasoned campaigner, my advice is to do in training as you want to do in racing. So, if you want to run 4 minute kilometres off the bike, you need to train at that run speed.

There is also some thinking that your running leg speed will match what your cycling leg speed was. So, if you want to run fast off the bike, make sure that you have a high pedal cadence on the bike (at least in the last few kilometres). …

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