Six Common Mistakes Triathletes Make

  • By Joe Friel
  • Published Aug 18, 2012
  • Updated Aug 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM UTC
Photo: John Segesta

6. Too much emphasis on weekly miles

For the advanced triathlete, the key to race success is appropriate intensity, not how much weekly volume is generated.

The fix: If your goal is to run a sub-40-minute 10K off the bike in an Olympic distance, then the key determiner of success will be how much sub-40 pace work is done—not how many miles run in a week.

RELATED: Determining Your Long Training Run For Any Triathlon Distance

Joe Friel is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master’s degree in exercise science. Friel is the author of 10 books on training for endurance athletes including the popular and best-selling Training Bible book series. You can learn more at

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