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Why are so few road bikers triathletes?

Old 09-03-07, 09:36 AM
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Why are so few road bikers triathletes?

I just saw a stat in some book that of women pro triathletes, 90% come from a competitive swimming background. They say runners are also a big fraction of the rest, but true born-and-bred cyclists are hard to come to in the crossover sport of triathlons.

Anybody have any opinions why?
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Old 09-03-07, 09:38 AM
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Lots of cyclists were runners in the past, but switched because running can get pretty punishing on your body.
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Old 09-03-07, 09:39 AM
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Because cycling is fun and no reason to leave it. Running is not fun, so they need something to make it fun. Swimming, don't know.
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Originally Posted by SweetLou View Post
Because cycling is fun and no reason to leave it. Running is not fun, so they need something to make it fun. Swimming, don't know.
Ditto. Also, swimming is f-ing hard. Relays in triathlons are fun, though, and I'm hoping to be the cyclist in one this May. Wildflower '08!
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You can't be a really strong roadie with the bulky upper body that comes from/is required for swimming.

I've heard some guy named Lance started off doing tris.
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Let's see.... I love to ride my bike. I hate to run. I hate to swim. Seems pretty simple to me.
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If I was a competitive professional cyclist, there is no amount of money you could pay me to endure the boredom of being a professional triathlete.

A 100km crit is FAR more interesting than a sprint triathlon could ever be.
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Originally Posted by PolishPostal View Post
Let's see.... I love to ride my bike. I hate to run. I hate to swim. Seems pretty simple to me.
'bout sums it up for me. Also, I have read (not sure I believe) that in addition to the needed upper body strength to swim that is a detriment on the bike, the ridiculously low body fat percentage of some top-tier cyclist reduces buoyancy in the water. Again, I'm not sure I buy that, but I read it on the the internets, so it must be true.
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I was a competition swimmer first and then got bursitus in both my shoulder, took up running for years and then cycling.... sometimes the evil side of me is thinking of quitting running and just cycle...
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And then there's the whole training thing. It's hard enough for most cyclists to find enough time to train. To try to spread that among three different sports wouldn't be fun. And jumping into a cold swimming pool at at 5:00 AM doesn't exactly give me wood.
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Originally Posted by 666 View Post
And then there's the whole training thing. It's hard enough for most cyclists to find enough time to train. To try to spread that among three different sports wouldn't be fun. And jumping into a cold swimming pool at at 5:00 AM doesn't exactly give me wood.
it is still fun, it's just more sacrefice but you adjust...
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
it is still fun, it's just more sacrefice but you adjust...
I'm sorry, but my nutes would never adjust to cold water at 5:00 AM.
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I'm sorry, but my nutes would never adjust to cold water at 5:00 AM.
a little fyi, there's this thing called a wetsuit, look into it...
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
it is still fun, it's just more sacrefice but you adjust...
I really doubt that your average triathlete trains for as long or as hard as the average Cat3. Most of the triathletes I know are working out about 10hrs a week, if that.
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why should they? that takes away from riding.

Originally Posted by agarose2000 View Post
I just saw a stat in some book that of women pro triathletes, 90% come from a competitive swimming background. They say runners are also a big fraction of the rest, but true born-and-bred cyclists are hard to come to in the crossover sport of triathlons.

Anybody have any opinions why?
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Old 09-03-07, 10:32 AM
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I was a competition swimmer first and then got bursitus in both my shoulder, took up running for years and then cycling.... sometimes the evil side of me is thinking of quitting running and just cycle...
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
I really doubt that your average triathlete trains for as long or as hard as the average Cat3. Most of the triathletes I know are working out about 10hrs a week, if that.
10 hrs a week is about what I put into cycling only and that's not much compare to many others, I also put in about 8 hours of running every week, that's definitly very low compare to what I used to do when all I did was marathons.
18 hours a week in training may be very little for you but that's still fun to me but yet a huge sacrefice since Im also a mother, business owner and also try to live this little thing called life.
You can belittle it as much as you want, but Im having fun and I sure have to sacrefice other things ( like sleeping) to come up with that time.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
Most of the triathletes I know are working out about 10hrs a week, if that.
it depends on the type of triathlete you mean, and the distance they plan on doing...

if you mean someone that does them for fun, and that isn't really competitive, than they obviously aren't going to train as long as someone that does them with the intent of wining and is very competitive...

and obviously someone training for a sprint or olympic distance isn't going to train as long or hard as someone training for a half or full ironman, so your friends that do sprints for fun may certainly train about 10 hours per week, but someone training for a full ironman is definitely going to put in more training hours than a Cat 3 racer. most people i know of that train for a full ironman put in a minimum of 40 hours of training per week, which from what i hear is more than most pro cyclists train per week...
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
you know, Ive been riding with this cat2 and as if I didnt have the bug enough before...I now have it even worst, we have been training together( well, he's more training me..hehe) and now Im thinking of joining the cycling team next year, he's been really trying to get me to just do it and I think Ive worked up enough guts to make that jump.
I will make my decision this winter, but I wouldnt be surprised if I quit duathlons and went into cycling races.
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Originally Posted by ajrikli View Post
Ditto. Also, swimming is f-ing hard. Relays in triathlons are fun, though, and I'm hoping to be the cyclist in one this May. Wildflower '08!
Don't forget to bring a jetski too. That lake is awesome for boating! I think the bike leg is hilly...very hilly.
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Originally Posted by agarose2000 View Post
I just saw a stat in some book that of women pro triathletes, 90% come from a competitive swimming background. They say runners are also a big fraction of the rest, but true born-and-bred cyclists are hard to come to in the crossover sport of triathlons.

Anybody have any opinions why?
Once you get past college there isn't much in the way of competitive swimming so it makes sense they'd switch to something else to stay active.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
you know, Ive been riding with this cat2 and as if I didnt have the bug enough before...I now have it even worst, we have been training together( well, he's more training me..hehe) and now Im thinking of joining the cycling team next year, he's been really trying to get me to just do it and I think Ive worked up enough guts to make that jump.
I will make my decision this winter, but I wouldnt be surprised if I quit duathlons and went into cycling races.
You are going to have to get a new bike. So its a win-win.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
I really doubt that your average triathlete trains for as long or as hard as the average Cat3. Most of the triathletes I know are working out about 10hrs a week, if that.
That's because everyone who does a triathlon is considered a "triathlete", while the majority of people who ride bikes don't race. If you look at the average bike racer, you're already talking about the top 5 or 10% of cyclists anyway. If you compare that to the top 5 or 10% of triathletes, you'll find that they're training rather comparatively to a Cat 3.

A big part of the reason why pro triathletes are swimmers is because the pro triathlon circuit (ITU racing) is a draft-legal format. Although there are attacks and everything, it's not nearly as intense as a road race (much less team tactics). Because of that, it basically boils down to whoever can run the fastest wins as long as they make the first pack on the bike. If you can't swim fast enough to make the first pack, you're pretty much already out of the race. All you have to do on the bike is be strong enough to sit in and not get dropped.
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Originally Posted by PolishPostal View Post
Let's see.... I love to ride my bike. I hate to run. I hate to swim. Seems pretty simple to me.
+9,000

Plus there are sharks in the water.
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Old 09-03-07, 11:06 AM
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BDG- 18 hours a week for training is a HUGE comitment. One sport or two, thats a lot of time. I know guys around here(cat3's) that are happy with getting in 10 hours a week with other time constraints.
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