Avoid These Newbie Mistakes:
“Mashing” or riding with a low cadence. Cadence is the number of revolutions per minute (RPM) you make, and when you’re in a gear that’s too big, you’re wasting precious energy. Do a quick cadence check when you’re on a flat road by counting how many times your right knee comes up in 30 seconds. Multiply that by two. Aim for 85–95 RPM, regardless of terrain. (A simple cycling computer can help.)
Wearing any of the things on this list: Underwear under cycling shorts, a visor on your helmet, knee-high compression during a casual group ride, shorts with a worn-out backside, a jersey that exposes your midriff, or sunglasses not intended for athletic use.
Riding without a flat kit. Or not knowing how to fix one! Take a flat-changing clinic at a local shop or fire up YouTube to practice. Although it may take a few times to master, you’ll be thankful when you never have to phone a friend or pay for an expensive cab ride home.
Looking for a triathlon to sign up for this year? Check out our partner, the TriRock Series. Their seven events feature a fun atmosphere for triathletes of all levels.