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Triathlon Training Tips

Triathlon Training Tips

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, the following triathlon training tips will help prepare you for race day.

Train on the Bike you Race.
Your bike does not need to be expensive, so long as it’s reliable. One thing it must be is the bike you will use on race day. Don’t spend months training on one bicycle, then upgrade to an unfamiliar bike for the race. Same can be said of training on your “training bike” and then racing on your “race bike”. Race on the bike you train with. You want familiarity when racing.

Invest in Good Shoes.
Depending on the triathlon you are racing, you may be on your feet from 5K to 42K. Spend the money on a good pair of shoes from a store that specializes in running. The expert employees will be able to fit your feet with the perfect shoe for your gait, foot shape and race ambitions. Run Wild Sports is one of our sponsors and Alamo 180 athletes receive 10% discount.

Train for the Water you will Race.
If the triathlon has an open water start, try practicing in a lake, rather than the pool. The closer you can mimic the conditions you will have at the race, the more prepared you will be on race day. During your training, focus on your swimming technique as this makes the largest difference in your results on race day. Make sure your breathing, kick, body position, and arm rotation are in the proper form. Poor form kills momentum in the water.

Train for Transitions.
By training for transitions, you can save precious minutes on race day. Time how long it takes to change from your wetsuit (if you plan to wear it in your race) to your cycling gear, then find ways to decrease this time such as stepping out of your wetsuit while fastening your helmet, or putting your feet in your cycling shoes while they are already strapped into your pedals. Make transition practice a regular event to ensure a smooth, seamless transition come race day.

Come race day, make sure you know where you racked your bike. You don’t want to come out of the water and into transition lost and confused because you cannot remember where you bike is.

Don’t Over Train.
It is easy to get swept up in the excitement of training for a triathlon, but don’t forget to plan days of rest in your training program. On race day, your adrenaline will help carry you onward – don’t risk injury for a few extra hours of training. Rest up and taper down – your body will love you for it.

Vary your Workout.
Just as your body will fail to progress if subjected to the same level of intensity at each workout, so will your mind become bored doing the same workout. Keep your motivation high by varying your workouts. If you typically train indoors, head outside for a trail run.

Lubricate Your Body.
You have no trouble gliding through the water without resistance. Such is not the case when it comes to your thighs against the bike seat. Lubricate all contact points on your body with any number of commercially available body glides. You can find these at any fitness or running store. Another great option is Vaseline. Perfect for placement on the thighs and even on your ankles to prevent blisters from your cycling and/or running shoes.

Fuel Your Body.
Energy gels and blocks are easy to carry in the pouch of a fuel belt and will keep your energy level high and your performance at its peak on race day. After 45 minutes to 1 hour of racing or training, you need to fuel your body with carbohydrates and electrolytes. Don’t wait until race day to try a new energy gel. Practice with different brands and flavors during practice to determine which works best for you.

Slow and Steady Start Wins the Race.
Many a racer has burned out midway through a race because they started out too quickly. Since the first leg of a triathlon is in the water, plan to train and swim at a steady pace that you can sustain for the entire swim portion. Stay relaxed and maintain proper breathing. Do not get caught up in the pace of faster swimmers. Let them go and focus on your form and pace. By not over-expending energy in the water, you will be refreshed for the cycle portion. You just might catch up to them on the bike portion!

Alamo 180 offers team and individual triathlon training services. We also offer swim sessions designed to improve your swim technique and make you more efficient in the water. If you are thinking about getting into triathlon racing this season, train with Alamo 180!

Article adapted from Beginner Triathlon Training

Spin To Joy

Alamo 180 proudly volunteered at the Ironman For Kids ‘Spin To Joy’ event Saturday, Feb 12.   The event passionately seeks to raise awareness for Trisomy, a chromosomal disorder, as well as the proceeds going towards providing special bikes for these precious, deserving children.

Jeff led a portion of the All Day Spin-athon from the instructor spin bike.

See how you can get involved with Ironman For Kids and make a difference.

Bike Storage and Safety

Secure Bike Storage

As triathlon season picks up and the weather becomes nicer for outdoor bike rides, it is important to be mindful of bike storage and security. Most of us know someone whose bike has been stolen or even worse you have had yours stolen. Here are a few tips to keep your prized possession out of the arms of a thief:

* Verify the serial # that is on the bike. Typically it is underneath the bottom bracket or on one of the chain stays. Some bike shops record the serial # at the time of purchase; consider contacting the original bike shop to verify the #.

* Let your insurance company know about your important investment. Provide your insurer with photos to verify ownership as well as original sales receipt and serial #. This helps you in the event your bike is stolen. The police and your insurance company need this information to expedite the process.

* Never leave your bike unlocked and unattended outside any building – this includes your local bike shop. Unfortunately bike theft can happen even in your backyard. You just never know who might be passing through.

* Avoid locking your bike outside for an extended period of time. If you ride your bike to work on a consistent basis see if your employer will allow you to bring your bike inside or to a more secure place that is visible to more people.

* If locking your bike outside is unavoidable invest in a quality lock. Avoid the thinner cable locks. Look for the beefier U- Lock style lock. In addition to the U-Lock, commuters should consider carrying a heavier cable lock as well so you can lock your bike to almost anything.

* If you need to leave your bike unattended in your car consider covering it with a blanket and/or keep it out of plain view as much as possible. For optimum coverage, get a flat sheet that matches the interior color of your vehicle.

* If you need to leave your bike on your bike rack for an extended period, make sure to lock it on the rack. Some racks come with an existing lock which works great. The other option is to use a heavy cable lock.

* Register your bike with the National Bike Registry (NBR). The NBR is the only true national database where bikes can be identified by police and returned to the rightful owner. Register today!

Information adapted from Jack & Adams Bicycles Newsletter

Why Should I Take Your Boot Camp?

Our Boot Camp has been mentioned twice in the SA Express News!

No Gym Fees

Most gyms offer boot camp classes, but they are associated with a higher cost. Not only are you required to pay a registration fee to join the gym, but you are also stuck with a reoccurring monthly membership rate. If that doesn’t sound expensive already, many times you have to pay for the boot camp class as it is not included in the basic membership.  Alamo 180 charges $90 for a 5 week boot camp session that meets 2 times a week. Or try our convenient $15 drop-ins. No hidden fees, no contracts. We even offer discounts throughout the year. Good luck getting that from your gym membership.

Smaller Class Size

Alamo 180 caps the boot camps at 15 participants. This ensures quality instruction and personalized attention. Classes at gym facilities can range anywhere from 20 to 30 participants. Can you imagine getting quality instruction with that many people in the class? Need help with your push up form? The gym would recommend you pay extra for a personal trainer. Need help with your push up form in an Alamo 180 boot camp? No problem!

Convenient Location

Alamo 180 trains at Maverick Park on Broadway just across the way from Cavendar

Reliable, Former Military Instructors

Alamo 180’s instructors are former military service members. They didR not attend a weekend workshop to learn how to teach boot camp. They have been through boot camp, so they know what it’s really like. You get the “real deal”. Additionally, our instructors are certified in personal training and group exercise. Reliability? Former military, need we say more?