Don’t you hate it when you ask someone for a triathlon tip or piece of advice and they say something vague like, “just have fun”? While we think it’s 100% necessary that fun be a big part of your triathlon training as a beginner triathlete, we also think that specific tips and tangible advice that you can actually implement in your training is just as important.
Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing our #1 swim, bike, run and transition tips, but if they leave you wanting more, then head over here and download our 101 Awesome Beginner Triathlon Tips for free!
Today we’re giving your our best bike tip, which is hard to do because there are so many. For more posts on things like how to change a flat tire, how to find a bike and how to pedal with more power, check out our bike page.
Davey’s Top Bike Tip
Flexibility is the best kept secret for bike performance. This is not only because loose and flexible muscles can perform stronger and longer, but you’ll feel better all along. For me personally, if I don’t stay stretched out in my hips, upper legs, and lower back, the bike is not much fun after 20 miles or so.
To go one step farther, I’m going to get much better training sessions in when I’m “feeling good” on my bike.
Side note: You’ve heard a lot about bike fit. It’s all about the balance between adapting your body to the bike and your bike to your body for best performance. Good flexibility will most often give you a better bike fit – and keep an aggressive position more comfortable longer.
Jess’ Number One Tip for the Bike
I hate riding my bike down hills. Crazy, I know. I’d take an uphill climb over a downhill any day. As absurd as this sounds, it’s because I’m afraid of crashing. Biking is my weakest sport and often psych myself out.
I am working on gaining confidence on the bike and the only way to do that is to get out there and ride, so my bike advice is to ride outside as much as possible.
The bike is the only part of a triathlon that requires an object to get you from point A to point B and the sooner you get comfortable with your bike, the faster and better you’ll ride on race day.
Clipping in and out of your pedals, turning, climbing hills, stopping and starting, running with your bike and breaking are all things that you can practice to gain confidence on the bike.
What are your best bike tips?