A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance events. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed "transitions" between the individual swim, bike, and run components.
Triathlon races vary in distance. According to the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon, the main international race distances are Sprint Dista...
I have Adidas micoach Pacer and plan to do start a marathon program. But first I want to do an assessment workout, to make sure I have my Pacer uses the right zone settings.
However, I've never done an assessment workout and I wonder how I should dosage my running speed, as I don't have any i...
> I've decided to run an Olympic Triathlon, and need to assess where I'm at in order to build a workout schedule on my own. How do I perform an assessment workout to see where I'm at in my swimming, running and biking?
I've decided to run an Olympic Triathlon, and need to assess where I'm at in order to build a workout schedule on my own. How do I perform an assessment workout to see where I'm at in my swimming, running and biking?
Basically, 50% is the transition point between resting and the first zone and every next zone is a 10% increase. Your max is 90%+.
Here's the chart:
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But look at the charts as an approximate baseline average for most people th...
@IvoFlipse And I can't play ultimate 24 hours a day. Outside of games and practices, when it's gym time, I want to know "how should I train my calves" if at all? Is it a waste of time to train calves specifically?
@Sancho at my high school, many years ago, we had a machine called "The Bear", which was pretty much a rig that allowed you to doing a jumping back squat. The B-ball team swore that it dramatically improved jumping ability. I think the key is to up the weight, but keep the explosiveness. That's why back squat sans jumping doesn't necessarily help.
@michael - The Bear (if we are thinking of the same machine) was a plyometric machine that allowed you to add weights. I think plyo's work by recruiting more neurons and fibers, which would increase jumps.
The muscle approach was pretty much covered, which is why I answered in the technique vein.
@DaveLiepmann - Yes. There have been a few times I've rolled ankles and avoided injury due to flexibility, stepped off the bike in a slide and been stretched out, etc. Being flexible has saved me quite a few times from injury.
@NathanWheeler - I'd have to see the stroke. I'm fairly certain something could be done if you really wanted to swim/do tri's.
@IvoFlipse - Yeah, was on crutches for 6 weeks, cam boot for another 2. Been in PT for 1 week now, and maybe in 8 weeks I can think about running. He's telling me 4-8 months more before fully healed :(
Yeah, that's why I'm thinking a modified freestyle or side stroke would work.
Hehe too much. Although I can get back on the bike on the trainer now. It's amazing how much fitness you lose in 8 weeks of sitting on the couch eating chili/cheese tater tots. (Wife isn't a great cook :p )
@JohnP I might take a video... I'd like to be able to swim better, not necessarily for tri's though. I'm not in any danger of drowning, I can move around and stay on top of the water without much effort, but trying to move with any grace or speed doesn't work out too well :)
@IvoFlipse I watched one sprint tri early this year, they declared wetsuits illegal. 10% of the field didn't start, and I saw some people abandoning within 100m of the start because they didn't have wetsuit aid.
@KronoS But, make sure that you ease into it. Keep it low key until you get some base fitness, say 3-6 months worth. You can probably easily complete a tri in a few months, but may take a year or more to be able to compete, depending on what age group.