5 Race-Day Bike Tips for Triathletes

It's Not About the Car; It's About the Engine

Don't be fooled—you can't buy your way onto the podium in a triathlon. The amount of money you spend on your bike is not nearly as important as the amount of time you spend riding it.

Many triathletes get caught up in the gear, looking for the fastest, lightest and most expensive bike.

Sure, advanced bike technology like disk wheels, aerodynamic bike helmets and power meters are great tools to help you ride faster, but they are also very expensive tools and will only get you seconds of savings.

So if you want to be the fastest triathlete in your age group, just plan on spending lots of time training on the bike—any bike.

The Bike Trainer is Your Best Friend

Riding a bike in the cold, rain or snow is no fun. But you can still ride and train in the comfort of your own home and in front of the TV. All you need is a bike trainer.

Bike trainers are not very expensive ($150 to $250 for a good one), and they allow you to train year-round even when the weather is nasty.

They also provide the added benefit of allowing you to ride your own bike at any intensity level for your own ideal workout.

More: How to Choose an Indoor Bike Trainer

Brick Workouts Help Create Painless Transitions

A brick workout is when you train going from the bike to the run. In other words, at the end of your bike ride you slip on your running shoes and immediately go for training run.

Practicing this helps get your body used to transitions from spinning to running.

Brick workouts also help keep you from cramping in the first mile of the run. All too often, newbie triathletes will start the run only to find that their brain says go, but their leg muscles say no.

This issue can arise because you didn't drink enough on the bike or didn't take in enough sodium or you've never practiced going from the bike to the run.

Either way, the best medicine for a painless bike-run transition is the brick workout.

More: A Brick Workout for Every Distance

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About the Author

Roman Mica is an amateur Clydesdale triathlete who lives and races in Boulder, Colorado. He is the managing editor of www.EverymanTri.com and author of My Training Begins Tomorrow: The Everyman's Guide to IRONFIT Swimming, Cycling & Running.

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