Top seven Olympic triathlon training myths (part 2)
Posted May 30 2010 7:00am
An Olympic triathlon is a great "next step" up from a Sprint distance
and even a good beginner race if you've got the fitness to swim 1.5K,
40K and run 10K. But before you jump into your training, you should take
into consideration a few of these Olympic triathlon training myths. (Click HERE for Part 1)
Olympic Triathlon Training Myth #4: You Have To Shave Your Body To Do A
Whole body shaving can reduce turbulent flow of the water against the
and assist with a quick wetsuit exit both of which can shave a few
from your time thus making whole body shaving a good choice for an
athlete or individual who wishes to gain as many advantages as possible.
it might be a waste of time and razors if you're just getting into
However, shaved arms and legs can assist with ease of cleaning wounds
bicycle crashes. Waxing can be expensive, and razor can be be
time-consuming, so both have their disadvantages! So if you do decide to
keep yourself trimmed (especially you guys), we advise an electric razor
the initial shave, followed by a three or four blade hand held razor,
along with a good shaving cream.
Olympic Triathlon Training Myth #5: There Isn't A Big Difference
Road Bike With Aerobars and a Tri Bike With Aerobars.
A short summary of the difference between a road bike and tri bike is as
follows: The road bike geometry is designed for an upright riding
and greater utilization of the gluteus and hamstring muscles, which is
ideal for aerodynamics or running off the bike. The steeper aero bike
geometry results in greater aerodynamic advantages and quadriceps
utilization, both of which are crucial for time trialing and running off
Olympic Triathlon Training Myth #6: Fancy Bike Shoes Are Only For the
The "fancy bike shoes" have cleats on the bottom, and these cleats allow
to clip your feet into your bike pedals. When your feet are "clipped
you can generate more power and speed, because you are pulling up on the
pedals with each stroke. In addition, bike shoes have a more firm sole,
resulting in greater foot comfort and distribution of forces across the
entire foot, especially when compared to cycling in relatively softer
running shoes. So if you begin early by learning how to use the bike
you give yourself an enormous advantage.
Olympic Triathlon Training Myth #7: Any Wetsuit Will Do.
Because of the thicker rubber and fewer areas of thin or flexible
a surfing wetsuit can severely affect your ability to rotate your
properly and to swim with an efficient freestyle stroke. Triathlon
were designed with an enormous focus on allowing a triathlete to swim
efficiently and comfortably. So while a surfing wetsuit will offer the
degree of warmth as a triathlon wetsuit, it could actually slow you down
more than simply not wearing a wetsuit at all!