Inside vs Outside Triathlon Training

author : acbadger
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How important is it to train on the actual road vs. treadmill and on a real bike vs. spinning classes?

Member Question:

I'm training for my first triathlon. How important is it to train on the actual road vs. treadmill and on a real bike vs. spinning classes. I usually go to the gym during lunch so it's hard to get out on the "road" for either of those activities. Obviously running will be easier but does it make a BIG difference? Also, I've got bad knees so a treadmill is a little easier on them.

Answer:

Triathlons are WONDERFUL things to train for because you get to incorporate a great deal of cross training into your workouts. Cross-training is great for you because it reduces the risk of overuse injuries and will help prevent training burnout.

That being said, it is very important to get some of your workouts done on the ‘road’...if anything...to simulate the actual triathlon you are going to participate in. You can ABSOLUTELY do some of your runs on a treadmill, elliptical trainer or even in the water (water jogging is a GREAT way to reduce joint injuries you can get from running), I even recommend it, but you really need to get out on the road for at least two runs a week. Treadmills are great for maintenance runs, but the belt gives you a little propulsion and makes it a bit easier to run. You have to propel yourself on the roads...and this is why I encourage you to get out on the roads for some of your runs.

As for the bike, indoor cycling is GREAT, especially the classes they hold at local fitness clubs that give you the opportunity to do hill rides if you live in a flat area, or protection from the elements if you are in an area that rains A LOT during the only time you can ride. However, you NEED to get outside on your bike as well. There are so many extenuating circumstances that go along with cycling outside that you cannot experience inside. You may have to deal with wind, slippery roads/rain, traffic, changing a flat, hills (up and downhill) and many, many other things!!

If you do not practice your events in the true way that you will be performing them in a race, you will come up against some obstacles you were not prepared for. Training is all about being prepar...and in some situations, its best to prepare for the worst, then you are ready to race and face ANYTHING that Mother Nature throws your way!

GOOD LUCK!! We’ll be cheering for you here at BeginnerTriathlete.com!!!!
 

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date: July 30, 2006

acbadger

Four Sprint Triathlons and 2 Olympic Distance Triathlons. Several marathons and Boston qualified. Because of my new found love of these sports, I got my Personal Training Certification and USAT Level I Coaching Certification so I could help others attain their goals!

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Four Sprint Triathlons and 2 Olympic Distance Triathlons. Several marathons and Boston qualified. Because of my new found love of these sports, I got my Personal Training Certification and USAT Level I Coaching Certification so I could help others attain their goals!

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