Happy Tuesday blog land. I’m very excited that it’s Tuesday again because it’s the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means- Tri Talk Tuesday!
I’m teamed up with Cynthia and Phaedra for another month of tri chatter. And this month we’re moving through our Swim, Bike, and Run series and discussing ways to improve your run. I’ve already had a few posts on running (here and here) Today I thought I’d go at things from a slightly different perspective and talk about the run leg of a triathlon specifically. So, with that out there, here are three things to work on that will help improve your triathlon run.
1. Don’t over do it on the bike. To have a good run in triathlon you have to think ahead for it while you’re still in the thick of your bike leg. It’s sometimes hard not to want to go all out on the bike, but pushing yourself to your cycling capacity means your legs will fried by the time your feet hit pavement. It’s important to find out what can realistically push on the bike during your training to find that max to still be able to run strong off the bike.
2. Fuel probably prior to the run. Again, a lot of having a good triathlon run is all about the bike. It’s easiest to fuel while riding, so take the time to practice a fueling strategy that you can employ on the bike that will get you through or started on the run, depending on the race distance. Poor fueling will cause you to crash and burn on the run. Fuel well ahead of the run and if it’s long course than make sure you have a run course fueling plan in place as well. You can’t run on empty for very long and it definitely hurts to try.
3. Bricks, bricks, and more bricks. It is sooooo important to practice brick workouts during training. You use different muscle groups for cycling and running, and sometimes that quick transition of muscle groups makes your legs feel like lead for the first mile or two. The more you practice running off your bike in training the better adapted your body becomes at making the muscular shift and easier and smoother your run becomes.
What’s your best tip for having a great triathlon run?
Tri Talk Tuesday will be back again June 2, 2015 and with plans to increase the frequency of TTT throughout the racing season. Our next theme is going to be all about transition. Got a post on the theme? Come link up!