1. I don’t need to strength train.
Strength training, especially for older athletes is super valuable for performance and preventing common injuries.
Ok, we understand that time crunched athletes may well ignore strength training for more time spent on the swim, bike and run.
Here’s the thing, more isn’t the best way to train. Specificity in training will give more value and free up time to add in strength training.
2. I need a TT bike to race in Triathlons
TT bikes make you look pro but you don’t need to have one to race fast.
At Tri Force we like the adage “Train upgrades don’t buy them”.
When you get started in Triathlon we recommend that you have a road bike that’s well maintained and in good order.
As you progress add TT bars to the bike. This will improve your aero position, help you go faster and conserve energy.
Then once you feel like you’ve improved, got your fitness level to a good level then upgrade to a TT bike. It’s a significant investment but if you’ve spent time developing your engine in training and want to get your best in racing a TT upgrade can make all the difference.
Let us reiterate one thing. There is no point in having a Ferrari with a Fiesta Engine. If you catch our drift
3. I don’t need to Tumble Turn.
Tumble turning teaches you breath control, proprioception, rotation, how to be very aerodynamic in the pool and speed control.
Long distance athletes often ignore this skill but it’s worth persevering with because it makes you look a more pro in the water, plus if you ever decide to do a triathlon that has a pool swim you’ll put in a great swim split.
Thanks for reading
Simon de Burgh
2 X Winner of Gym Based PT
Level 2 British Triathlon Coach
Performance & Nutrition Director