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Training For A Triathlon Using A Carbon Tubular Wheelset

By: Ben Cawood
Triathlons do involve running and swimming in addition to biking. However, it is an excellent arena for displaying your cycling skills. That is because the biking leg is around 50 percent of the time on Olympic distance races (10K running, 40K biking and 1.5K swimming). The carbon tubular wheelset is the best bicycle wheel for excelling on the bike leg. After you have obtained this cycling innovation aerodynamic wonder, you just need to train for your event after that.

Identifying the key aspect that you need to improve is the best way for you to train. This will result in focused training that will enable you to clearly identify your rate and level of improvement.

How To Improve Your Lactate Threshold

The University of New Mexico's Lactate Threshold Training report indicates that your lactate threshold most consistently predicts how well you will perform in a triathlon or other endurance event. Therefore, when is comes to your training program, you need to make sure you don't neglect this critical aspect.

The intensity of exercise where lactic acid starts accumulating inside your blood stream is what the lactate threshold represents. It indicates how much effort you are able to sustain before starting to get fatigued. The threshold dictates your optimal racing intensity. During training you can increase this intensity.

Interval training is the key to making improvements to your lactate threshold. This form of training allows you to adapt your body to higher lactate threshold levels. You can achieve this by exceeding the lactate threshold of your body temporarily and then recovering as you continue with the physical activity, yet function below the threshold.

In reality what the theoretical terms mean is you can train using intermittent moderate and fast cycling speeds. For example, you could do 10 to 20 minutes worth of easy spinning and intersperse it with 20 minutes of cycling at the maximum speed of your lactate threshold.

You should train with your carbon tubular rims in order to become accustomed to them. It is especially useful to do this when you have a bike that is brand new, given that the new bearings have a tendency to produce more friction than seals and bearings that are worn. The friction in sealed bearing cartridges can also be reduced by taking out the inner shield. Human Kinetics reports that an unsealed, well-oiled bearing cartridge has ten times less the friction.

Improving Your Aerobic Endurance

You need to go on long rides to improve your aerobic endurance. Aim to go on bike ride that are three hours long. Because these are long rides, they can be scheduled for the weekends.

However, unless you bike at a conversational pace, going on long rides won't be all that helpful. In order to build up your endurance, be sure to cycle using a moderate pace. This translates into applying around 70 percent of your maximum effort.

As you are training, always check to see how your cycling experience is affected by your new bicycle wheels. What is most important is that you make note of whatever adjustments need to be made in order to improve your experience. Another important thing that you need to do is develop some expert riding techniques, particularly for during crosswinds. When you learn how to maneuver your bicycle wheels properly, you will improve the aerodynamic benefits that your carbon tubular wheels provide, while at the same reducing drag force effects.

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Last Updated September 15, 2014

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