Race pace in­ter­vals off road

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

Race pace in­ter­vals ap­pro­pri­ate for cross triathlon are per­formed on dirt, prefer­ably on sin­gle track trails. Rid­ing a moun­tain bike at high speed of­fers both skill train­ing and a thresh­old work­out. Aim for hard ef­forts of about 80 to 90 per cent ef­fort, de­pend­ing on your fit­ness. Rid­ing hilly, un­du­lat­ing and tech­ni­cal ter­rain off road re­quires a se­ries of hard ef­forts with very lit­tle re­cov­ery, all while main­tain­ing up­per body and core en­gage­ment for bal­ance. Moun­tain bik­ing re­quires more up­per body and core strength than road rid­ing be­cause of the fre­quent di­rec­tion changes. This work­out mim­ics rac­ing as it pairs rid­ing tech­ni­cal ter­rain with the added chal­lenge of main­tain­ing race pace heart rate. Many ath­letes rac­ing cross triathlon use moun­tain bike races dur­ing the sea­son for this kind of train­ing. Try This Work­out Cross triathlon train­ing is a great way to add speed and power to your reg­u­lar triathlon pro­gram and, as an added bonus, you will have bet­ter han­dling skills in your next road event. Cross triathlon is a per­fect chal­lenge to keep your train­ing, and rac­ing, fresh and fun.

Pro triath­lete Me­lanie Mc­quaid is an Xterra and Iron­man 70.3 cham­pion.

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