Haven’t hammered out that resolution list yet? Here are four goals to go for this year—and tips on how to get ‘em done.
Resolution #1: Run Better Off the Bike
Even the most seasoned runners fall victim to that familiar “dead legs” feeling after dismounting the bike, but there are ways to power through. “As triathletes, we never run fresh,” says pro triathlete Tim O’Donnell of Boulder, Colo., one of world’s top-ranked long-distance racers. “So we need to learn to how to run fast when tired.” A longtime swimmer, O’Donnell’s transformation to a triathlete entailed completing all of this runs off of the bike or out of the water. “For long runs, I would spin for 45 to 60 minutes before the run to adapt,” he says. “I would also do my easy runs after hard swim sessions on the treadmill.”