Weak­ness: Up­per Body/core Strength

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

A strong up­per body, in­clud­ing all of the torso, is crit­i­cal for a strong swim stroke. A strong core is also the foun­da­tion for hold­ing aero po­si­tion com­fort­ably dur­ing an full-dis­tance race and main­tain­ing tall body pos­ture late in the marathon. Rid­ing a moun­tain bike im­proves both up­per body and core strength to ad­dress th­ese weak­nesses.

Moun­tain bik­ing re­quires a lot of body weight trans­fer on the bike to steer through tech­ni­cal ter­rain. Main­tain­ing trac­tion, while cor­ner­ing and descend­ing, is the re­sult of cen­tring weight over the bike so the tire tread has weight into the ground. This is ac­com­plished by coun­ter­bal­anc­ing through the body. This bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion builds core and up­per body strength. The arms also func­tion as shock ab­sorbers when rid­ing off-road. This ends up act­ing like a con­stant push-up work­out dur­ing a moun­tain bike ses­sion. Ath­letes can find swim­ming more dif­fi­cult the day af­ter a hard moun­tain bike ride.

Us­ing bal­ance skills and up­per body strength to ma­noeu­vre the bike through tech­ni­cal ter­rain builds up­per body and core strength. This cre­ates a solid plat­form for triathlon­spe­cific ac­tiv­i­ties.

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