Triathlon Time Trial Series: Part 1 – Differences Between Cycling and Triathlon Time Trials

Bicycle time trailing in Triathlon and Road Cycling are quite distinct. The main difference is that in a triathlon you need to jump off the bike and run after the cycling leg, whilst after a fast road cycling time trial, you should probably be too fatigued to walk, let alone run, afterwards. You can read some other informative posts on running and triathlon warm-up routines on our blog too.

The intensity of the cycle effort needs to be less for a given distance in a triathlon compared to a cycling time trial. The position on the bike also needs to be different to account for correct running posture and the different muscles required. Despite these facts, plenty of triathletes set up their time trial bikes with little distinguishing features from a traditional road cycling time trial position.

 

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Gait Analysis

Gait is defined as the pattern of movement of the limbs, during locomotion over a stable surface. So basically, how you walk and run.

Gait analysis is recognised as a clinically useful tool to evaluate medical disorders, and biomechanical faults and help direct treatment and rehabilitation (Sheldon, 2004). Any pain can result in altered gait, often relying on short-term compensations to keep you running or walking. These compensations can overload areas of the body and lead to further injury.

However, it is quite difficult to detect these changes by yourself whilst running. This is where professional gait analysis can be effective. Gait analysis can detect long-term, inefficient movement patterns, which can then be used to direct specific rehabilitation exercises to correct flaws and make your running form more efficient.

 

For more information about Running Gait Analysis service offered at Melbourne Osteopathy Centre.

Triathlon and Running Warm Up Drills with Pete Jacobs

A good warm up is important as it opens up the pathways between your brain and muscles, helping them to activate correctly.

It also helps get those balancing and control muscles functioning which will make your running more efficient.

It only takes 5 minutes of drills after a light warm up jog to get all these great benefits.

Dr Brendan O’Louglin details this great warm up drill as demonstrated by professional triathlete and 2012 Hawaii Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs.

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Tips For Better Sleep – Part 1

We are always told by our mother, our doctor or any health professional that good nutrition, regular exercise, and restful sleep are the keys to good health and happiness. When sleep is lacking it will cause issues such as illness, emotional unrest, fatigue and general underperformance, just to name a few. Good sleep is also often a simple and speedy remedy to many simple illnesses, lethargy, poor mood or poor athletic performance.

Poor sleep is such a common complaint, that I thought it may be helpful to discuss how to gain some quality sleep. So here is Part 1 of Tips for Better Sleep. I hope you find it useful.

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