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Cycling Advice For Beginner Triathletes

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Feb 19, 2014
  • Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM UTC
Photo: Kevin Thompson/TriRock

Vary your level of intensity.

Coach Scott Fliegelman, owner of FastForward Sports in Boulder, Colo., says the switch from just riding to “training” is as simple as varying your intensity. Ride faster and harder for short periods of time, and you’ll begin to elicit adaptations that will ultimately make you stronger. “One of the easiest ways to do this unscientifically is to head for the hills on your next ride,” Fliegelman says. “The varied terrain will likely produce the desired effort changes without the need for fancy tools, which may be added down the road if desired.” Add in some short, fast intervals (such as 5×2 minutes hard with 2 minutes recovery) and follow your rides with a quick run directly off the bike, so that you have a top gear come race day.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a five-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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