Move like a Pro: Triathlete running 101
- by amino VITAL
here. This mantra reminded me to focus. My goal for the swim was to focus on my PULL in the water, my bike was a matter of PACE (staying in my heart rate zone), my goal for the run was to PRESS a little harder even when the going got tough -- all to reach my PEAK performance. It helped me pace each part of the race, too working on just the swim, just the bike and just the run. For example: I tend to zip out of transition two at a faster-than-I-want-to pace. A few miles in, my energy fades, I get discouraged and I slow down. In June, that mantra will be in my head for 13.1 miles. Pull back at the start, pace through the middle, press forward at the end. I've been training for this each week with progressive runs. I think an old high school cheer (with a twist) every time I run: Be Progressive, Be, Be Progressive! I start out slower than race pace, catch my breath and warm up my legs. I run the second part at a new level of effort - slightly faster, or with added hills. I run the last part at race pace or faster. Progressive runs are designed to improve the quality of your pace deep into the second part of your race. Try it and race at your peak! Thanks for the great tips, Beth. It’s time to hit the pavement and get moving!