|PD Tri2013. T2.|
Sound all too familiar?
Triathletes swear by this. So does some Duathletes. However how much of this is true? BRICK or Bike-Run = ICK (as in icky, not pleasant, not nice thingamajigs) is an essential part of the life as a multi-sports athlete. However, that is just one part of the equation. BRICK prepares you for the Bike-T2-Run transition. But it doesn't prepare you to put in as much commitment to your final league of your race. And you know that matters.
Imagine this scenario:
You swam your best 1.5km. Never felt everything gelled more together. You went onto the bike feeling great. "I can PB this today", you said. You been training on the bike and the bike trainer, knowing you will be able to pull in a good timing on the pedal.
40km done in 70mins. Good timing. And you know you pushed it harder than usual when chasing that PB. You came into T2, pushing your bike and your legs started seizing up - it felt weak. Not giving up, you went for the run...
100m....200m....300mm...you started to walk and you walk most of the last 10km. Or if you were a little bit more prepared, you ran. But you know that run was a "jog". You missed your PB. And that chap you overtook proudly on the bike ran past you with ease. Leaving you to nurse your bruised ego.
You need to recalibrate your run. As a triathlete, we will never go into a run with our legs fresh.
Speed is a perception. Example : You drive along at 80km/h at a 70km/h zone. You see a Polis and you slow down to 65km/h. It suddenly felt slow. But if you were to drive at 50km/h and speed up to 65km/h, you will feel fast(er). Same with running. A fresh leg run will NOT be representative of how fast you will run after the Swim and Bike. If you been "running" at 7:30 pace during a triathlon race when you can hold a 4:30pace on a (run) race, your 7:30 pace will feel super slow. But if you can muster up to run at a 6:00pace on your next triathlon, you will feel it to be FAST. To recalibrate, you will need to run MORE at your RUN RACE PACE.
|PD Tri 2013. Out of T2.|
A few things will happen when you start putting in more time into your run and commit to a more structured training routine. Your VO2max will increase. VO2max is a measurement of your oxygen uptake per unit of time. The higher your VO2max, the more oxygen you can "send" to your muscle, which in return used to breakdown stored fuel (both carb and fats) and allow you to be more efficient and faster on the race course.
The biggest gain in the VO2max comes in when you are racing/training at your maximum heart rate; and the easiest to reach this maximum heart rate is no other than RUNNING. However, not all running will give you this benefit as the longer you run, the less likely you will go near or reach your maximum HR. You will know that between running a 5km race and a marathon (42km), chances of you hitting the HR roof will be higher with the 5K race. So, to improve your triathlon run, you need to run 21km or less - and in my opinion, nothing beats a 5km speed work or HITT, or a 10km Tempo Interval.
|PD Tri 2013. Caught up with many that has lead me on the biking.|