A return for Triathlon Tuesday! By the way, if anyone has been wondering, yes I have fallen in love with Triathlon! I enjoyed tri last summer, but I’m all about the swim, bike & run this winter & spring. I’m also trying to balance so I don’t burn out on this, by staying involved in my other
vices hobbies, like reading, wine & friends!
If you are interested in checking out other Chicago triathlete bloggers, here’s a few resources:
- Chicago Triathlete Bloggers – A new site to bring together the Chicago triathlon blogging community!
- Too Tall Fritz & Kelly the Culinarian – my blogger compadres in training for Racine 70.3!
- Jen Harrison – a coach & triathlete who seems pretty awesome.
Last summer I posted about developing your cycling skills. Cycling is my weakest sport, as I really only learned how to ride a bike properly about 6 years ago. So for me, things that seem easy for most people cycling are a bit of a challenge because I never did get the hang of cycling when I was a kid. I never finished out the list of skills that you should work on, so here goes the rest!
What to do if you get a flat
You should have the following: spare tube for your tire, patch kit, tire levers, and a way to inflate your tube (either CO2 cartridge/adaptor, or portable pump).
Practice in advance of a race or long ride. New March Goal – practice changing a tire & figure out my CO2 cartridge!
Clipping in & out of bike shoes
If you have access to an indoor trainer, then it’s best to put your bike in the trainer & get the hang of clipping in & out there! Otherwise, you can learn inside of a door jamb, or on the side of a parked car, a la the video below!
Cycling Power/ Fitness (how to get stronger & faster)
There’s a few things that help you with how to get stronger and faster on the bike:
- Bike a lot. They call it “TITS”: Time in the Saddle
- Strengthen your core. I try to remember to do a plank a day, and need to add more core work in.
- Strengthen your legs. Best way to do this to prepare for cycling is to go cycling. I am doing the “climbing” phase of the Vision Quest Taste of VQ now and while it’s been challenging, boy am I getting a strong workout on my legs during those workouts.
In looking for some other tips on developing cycling power, I found some tips from triathlon blogger Swim Bike Mom. She’s training for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, so she’s been spending a lot of time on the bike. Some of her cycling & climbing tips that I need to remember:
- Get in a Good gear before the hill
- Perfect Pedal Strokes
- Repeat Eminem lyrics… somehow she knows that the “Til I Collapse” is my favorite “push it” song as well!
- Buzz up short hills, but otherwise stay seated
- Where can you relax? Try to relax where you can in your upper body to direct your energy into your lower body.
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