How to Beat the Rest in a Triathlon Race
The triathlon is widely regarded as one of the toughest sports to compete in. It uses different skill sets and muscles over the three sequential sporting disciplines which are swimming, cycling and running, and can be as much a battle against the environment as against other competitors. Many people are happy simply to compete and finish in a triathlon race, but for others, winning a race is all important. The question is how to beat the rest in a triathlon race?
There is no one simple answer to that question, as there are many factors which contribute towards winning a triathlon race. The first is perhaps the most obvious, and this comes down to training. Those people who have more time to train, and do so in a manner which increases their performance levels will have an obvious edge over those that do not. Some of this comes down to commitment, and some to mental discipline. It takes an iron will to go training in the cold and the wet during an “off season” day after day. Some people possess this, and others do not.
The type of training undertaken will also have some effect on performance. One example of this is how the swimming section of a triathlon race is prepared for. Most races have this swimming section in open water, and yet many competitors do not train in open water, but instead use swimming pools. Training in open water and being used to a wetsuit will give those that do an added advantage over competitors that do not. The same can be said of cycling and running. Using a training route that follows similar terrain to a race being prepared for is far more advantageous than running on a treadmill in a gym.
The tactics used during a triathlon race will also play a significant role in an athlete’s performance. The race begins with the swimming section, and the start of this is often a chaotic affair as people make their way into the water. Once in the water, arms and legs flail as people try to get the best advantage that they can. Most top athletes will be content with gaining a good position and reserving as much strength as possible for the remaining two events.
The change over to the cycling section is also another area that top athletes like to practise for. For some, this might seem strange, but when races are won by fractions of a second in some cases, how much time is taking on the changeover can make a big difference. By knowing where the bike is, and changing footwear and clothes as quickly as possible, it is likely that valuable seconds can be saved.
The cycling section is often considered to be one of the easiest sections to train for, but again developing skills and knowing how and when to change gear makes for a more efficient ride which helps reserve strength for the final running section. It is during this phase that all the stamina training comes into play, and races are often won and lost by how much energy an athlete has in reserve for the run. All these things, combined with inner belief and mental discipline help to make a winner when it comes to beating others in a triathlon race.