Develop your technique.
In addition to building fitness, developing technique is really important for racing triathlon, says Ivan O’Gorman, the lead instructor for Retül bike fitting and a multiple Kona finisher. “Good handling is essential—cornering, descending and passing with confidence will all add up to valuable time savings,” O’Gorman says. The best way to improve your technique is to ride with more experienced riders so you can watch how they shift, descend and navigate corners. If possible, find a triathlon club with a group catered to beginners (check Usatriathlon.org for listings), or a patient friend who is willing to show you the ropes.