220 Triathlon



exit as quickly as possible and seek shelter. If you’re unable to get to shore, head a little further out to sea, but only if you deem it safe to do so and are a strong enough swimmer. It goes without saying, but make sure you avoid heading into the storm itself.

Q Why is the trapezius muscle so important for triathlete­s?

A During the swim it works in a mainly rotational manner allowing us to turn our head when breathing or as part of the body roll required for an efficient glide through the water. The upper traps move the shoulder blades, enabling the best reach out of every pull.

Once on the bike the traps serve a mainly postural role, fixing the positions of the thorax, shoulders and head. They need to be strong so they can cope with the demands of upperbody loading to keep good form.

Occasional­ly you’ll use the upper traps for head movement; checking your blind spot for traffic during training rides or for keeping an eye out for that nemesis you’d like to beat on race day.

As you move into the run the traps then work to gain that upright posture. They also serve to provide a solid frame for the work of your expanding rib cage, and hold up your spine so that your limbs can work as efficientl­y as they possibly can.

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