6 Common Mistakes Triathletes Make

  • By Joe Friel
  • Published Jul 25, 2014
  • Updated May 6, 2016 at 4:33 PM UTC

Legendary coach Joe Friel breaks down the six key mistakes he sees triathletes make and offers his expertise on how to properly fix them.

1. Poor ability to pace properly

Almost all triathletes start the bike leg of the race at much too high an intensity and then fade as the race progresses. They start the run on tired legs and generally have a poor race (except for the first 5K of the bike).

The fix: Athletes must learn to negative split races. This starts with workouts. Intervals must be done with the easiest first and then progressively get harder. Steady state/tempo workouts must start under control and gradually get faster to finish strong. Athletes must learn to be patient in workouts and apply that to their races while ignoring what is going on around them.

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