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Is Your Swim Or Bike Strength Hurting Your Run?

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Jun 16, 2014
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If you came from cycling …

In his home country of South Africa, McGee used to attend competitions in which a variety of athletes went up against each other in different events (core work, sprints, strength, etc.) to see who was the best all-around. He says the worst athletes were always the cyclists—“they were brilliant on the bike, but sucked at everything else.”

Considering the constant closed-off position on the bike, cyclists tend to have poor hip flexor mobility that can lead to quad-dominant running and make a proper tall running posture difficult to maintain. Muscle imbalances, such as the upper calf being too big, can also limit speed and technique.

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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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