Bike Pacing Triathlon

GTN Presents: Bike Pacing for a Triathlon

BY Susan Legacki

In this week’s episode of Global Triathlon Network’s “Triathlon Training Explained,” they cover how to properly pace your bike leg, and talk to experts including our own Ryan Cooper at Best Bike Split.

As part of the partnership between the Global Triathlon Network (GTN) and TrainingPeaks, we’ll be bringing you regular episodes of the new “Triathlon Training Explained” show. Hosts and former pro triathletes Mark Threlfall and Heather Fell will answer your triathlon training questions, with the help of TrainingPeaks software, coaches and industry experts from around the world.

Whether you are looking to win your age group in an IRONMAN 70.3 or to simply cross the finish line of your first IRONMAN, bike pacing is an integral part to any race day. As the longest leg of a triathlon, it’s especially crucial to determine just how much energy output you should be expending. Once you enter T2 you want to have the stamina to hit a certain run pace consistently.

In the latest episode of “Triathlon Training Explained,” Heather Fell and Mark Threlfall conduct their own pacing experiments on an evenly-paced time trial, followed by another time trial effort where they go hard right out of the gate, with lots of surges thrown in throughout.

Check out the full episode below:

By analyzing TrainingPeaks metrics including Normalized Power® and Variability Index® they were able to determine their optimal pacing strategies.

Fell and Threlfall also spoke with Best Bike Split and TrainingPeaks Chief Scientist Ryan Cooper about how triathletes can use Best Bike Split to predict their bike split times and help them dial-in their race specificity training for an optimal triathlon performance.

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About Susan Legacki

Susan Grant Legacki is the Content Director at TrainingPeaks. The founding editor of LAVA Magazine and a former editor at Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon, Susan is an IRONMAN finisher, Boston Marathon qualifier, USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach and certified Pilates instructor. When she’s not editing or writing copy about endurance sports, you can usually find her training for them around Boulder, Colo.