The triathlon cycling training solution to get fit quick...
What's the most effective form of cycling training for triathlon? You may not like the answer but it's a turbo trainer (or wind-trainer). I've coached many athletes who improved their Functional Threshold Power by a whopping 20 watts in six weeks, just by riding three times per week indoors.
What are the benefits? It's safe, reliable and effective, There are no cars, no junctions, no pot holes, no rain and no free-wheeling. It's all about the workout and nothing else. Yes, it's boring, but you can't argue it's effectiveness.
Thankfully the modern world offers us plenty of solutions to make indoor-cycling more fun. And the more your enjoy it, the better you'll train.
Here are four solutions...
As a bare minimum you should use a cheap heart rate monitor such as the Polar FT1, which can be picked up from as little as £31. Music helps too - research shows that certain genres of music can help you train harder. Watching TV and video works for some people, whether it’s on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or 50” plasma screen.
In short, the more entertainment you have, the better you’ll train and the faster you'll be on race day.
By Phil Mosley. Triathlon Plus Coaching Editor, Ironman Certified Coach
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