Triathlon Troubleshooter

  • By T.J. Murphy
  • Published Dec 7, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM UTC
Illustration by Oliver Baker.

I can’t stay in the aero position for more than five minutes because it’s so ungodly uncomfortable.

You have your gleaming new aerodynamically super-charged triathlon bike that would for sure slice through the wind like a throwing star … if you could only manage to stay in an aero position for longer than a minute at a time. The problem is that sharp pains and discomfort in your neck and back force you to sit up on the bars and effectively become a parachute.

Solution: Now that you have less training to tackle, it’s time to invest in both fitting your body to your bike and your bike to your body, says Loring. In addition to getting a quality bike fit, Loring sends his athletes to a team of physiotherapists (aka physical therapists) to deduce what sorts of imbalances may be screwing up the athlete. “It’s a matter of good posture,” he says. “If you have a job sitting at a computer all day, it’s likely you’ve developed imbalances that need correction.” Loring will work with the physiotherapist to develop a set of stretches and strengthening exercises that will improve range of motion. “Every triathlete should get assessed by a physiotherapist,” he says. “It’s a great return on the investment both in eliminating problems like neck pain and in becoming a more efficient triathlete.”

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