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GTN Presents: The Ideal Weight For Training and Racing

BY Susan Legacki

In the latest episode of Global Triathlon Network’s “Triathlon Training Explained,” they tackle the complicated topic of weight. From how to find your ideal race weight, to improving your power-to-weight ratio on the bike, here’s all you need to know about triathlon and dieting.

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

In the latest episode, Threlfall and Fell dive into all things “weight” related. For triathletes of all levels, weight is a complicated topic. Too little weight on your frame can derail you swimming and biking, but too much can keep you from reaching your optimal performance on the run. Truthfully, it’s a balance that requires a good deal of monitoring, self-experimentation and, above all, good nutrition practices.

From competing as a larger athlete, the ins and outs of your power-to-weight ratio on the bike, the pros and cons of seeking a perfect “race weight,” and even how to gain weight safely—Threlfall and Fell tackle everything you need to know to stay healthy or even slim down in time for that “A” race.

Triathletes in the know like GTN’s Mark Threlfall and Heather Fell use TrainingPeaks to help plan, track and analyze their training. Dial-in your triathlon training with a free 14-day Premium Trial today!  

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.