Triathlon - Does anybody else wish they could transfer some cycling fitness to the other areas?
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08-21-07, 11:12 AM
So anyways the last triathlon was back at the beginning of May 2007 and since then i haven't done any swimming or running. I have been piling on the miles with cycling though.
I finally got back into the pool last night to get ready for another triathlon at the end of September and to my suprise i wasn't as bad as i thought i would be. The muscles are a bit sore (mostly my chest and back) but my cardio was in good shape since i could still manage breathing every 3 strokes with ease.
But dangit, sometimes i really do wish i could just take a chunk of my cycling fitness and allocate it to my swim and run fitness. :lol: :(
08-21-07, 01:23 PM
I only do the occassional triathlon. When I do, my cycling performance is so far above my extremely challenged swimming and running, its a joke.
I'll be DFL out of the water; Pass most all but the elite on the bike, only to be passed myself on the run.
08-21-07, 03:00 PM
it should be interesting to see how much first real tri goes in a couple weeks (sprint distance). but ive managed to keep a pretty even training regimen including all the weight lifting i love to do. my long swims are 1 mile, long bikes are 45 and long runs are 10-12. hoping to be ready to finish an olympic tri in november. :) the thing thats going to help me the most is to finish losing the extra weight im carrying around. :o
08-21-07, 03:02 PM
I've had a bit of a different experience. i think biking endurance (I still ain't so fast) was one of my limiters so I worked a lot on that this year and it's helped my running quite a bit. Still have to put in miles running, but I only run 3 times a week and I'm faster than I used to be.
08-21-07, 10:21 PM
I just swam tonight for the first time in three months (crappy weather), and I have to say I felt surprisingly good. My general fitness level from all that cycling and running seems to have helped a lot, despite what little upper body muscle mass I previously had having atrophied.
Over the fall, as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, I'm going to gradually shift my training from cycling & running to swimming/running, and try to keep swimming at least twice a week next spring into the summer as I ramp up for my first tri.
09-06-07, 12:36 PM
I read an article at beginnertriathlete.com that said that maintaining a 85+ cadence on your biking can help you run faster by getting your legs used to operating at the higher cadence.
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