Weak­ness:back Is­sues (Due to Overuse in Aero Po­si­tion)

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

A break from the time trial bike, while adopt­ing a more upright po­si­tion on the moun­tain bike, can help rest back mus­cles that are suf­fer­ing from overuse. The moun­tain bike po­si­tion also in­tro­duces more lat­eral move­ment, which can strengthen the sta­bi­liz­ing mus­cles needed to make rid­ing in aero po­si­tion more com­fort­able. This change in po­si­tion and more dy­namic ped­alling al­lows the body to re­cover from a lot of miles hunched over the time trial bike.

Tak­ing a break in the off­sea­son from struc­tured train­ing and re­con­nect­ing with na­ture rid­ing in the trails is great for mo­ti­va­tion. It is men­tally drain­ing strug­gling to reach numbers and per­for­mance met­rics all sea­son. Us­ing some moun­tain bike train­ing to stay in touch with some in­ten­sity with­out forc­ing train­ing is the best way to start fresh and strong for the com­ing sea­son.

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

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