Everyone can cycle. It is a life skill that we are all taught usually when we are children. But it takes effort to go from casual cycling to a race and even to take part in a triathlon. You need to change your mind set about cycling. Here are some quick tips for you to gear up for the bike leg of the triathlon.
Buy a bike
If you need the motivation to train for a triathlon, investing in an entry-level road bike would be a good place to start. A second-hand one would be good enough if you don’t feel the need to get a brand new one. As well, having a bike at home will give you the incentive to get out there and train, as compared to borrowing one.
A triathlon bike is not necessary unless you are keen to take part in triathlons on a regular basis. These bikes are expensive and probably not advisable to invest in for those who are unsure if they want to commit to this sport for the long term.
Increase the frequency of your rides
If you have been cycling casually once a week all this while, you will need to increase the routine to two or three times a week; if you have a triathlon on the cards. This will give you the chance to do longer bike workouts and at the same time, increase the intensity of your bike rides.
Vary your efforts
As a casual cyclist, you will probably be used to easy riding along the park connectors or flat paths. When training for a triathlon, you will need to incorporate these easy rides too, into your training, but at the same time, you must include hard ones as well, and introduce some hill training into your bike rides, in order to build some strength in your legs.
Bike Handling Skills
As a triathlete, you will need to improve your bike handling skills too. Bike handling skills include being able to shift gears quickly, descend downhill and navigate corners. Try to join a triathlon club and watch how the more experienced riders do it so you can learn from them. You must also learn how to change a flat tyre, as this skill may come in useful one day.
There you have it! Four top most important factors to consider if you’re serious to go the whole nine yards into doing a full triathlon. Till the next post, keep training.
About the author:
Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner