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All You Need For Triathlon

You see three challenges as three opportunities to be great, you live and breathe the ethos of Swim, Bike Run. Or, you may be ticking off one of those bucket list items. Either way, you’re committed to the cause. It’s a cause the team at Bike Chain believe in and it’s why all of our brands are chosen with proven performance and reliability in mind.



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NUTRITION ESSENTIALS FOR TRIATHLON

ENERGY

Designed to help you fuel before and during training. With a range of different products including gels, bars and powders.

HYDRATION

Starting exercise in a hydrated state can kick start your performance, helping you to maintain hydration throughout an event.

RECOVERY

Recovery starts as soon as you finish. Known as the "training window", which lasts up to 30 minutes post exercise.

REBUILD

The more active you are, the more protein you need in your diet to help rebuild and prevent muscle breakdown.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a triathlon bike as a road bike?

It’s most common for a new triathlete to first use a road bike and then transition to owning a triathlon bike. And it is most common for a long-distance triathlete to have both a road bike and a triathlon bike.

Road bikes can be used in a triathlon, and in many races are the preferred type of bike. For very technical courses or shorter Sprint or Olympic distances a road bike may be fitted with tri bars. However for elite level shorter distances where athletes are able to draft of another’s wheel, no tri bikes or tri bars are permitted.

For longer course triathlons, including half Ironman and full Ironman distance, a triathlon bike (“TT”) bike is the preferred option, due to the aero dynamics of the bike and position required throughout the cycle leg to best run the distance required off the bike.

A TT bike wouldn’t be suitable to ride in a group ride of any kind, and would not be permitted in any cycling event.




What do you wear in a triathlon?

On race day the preferred apparel for a triathlon event is a tri suit. There are several different styles for athletes to choose from, however this choice is often determined by the distance, conditions and time spent racing. A tri suit is worn for all 3 disciplines (swim, bike and run) of the race. Different styles may include a one piece or a two piece set, with a sleeve or without. A tri suit is worn firm on the body, and designed to have no drag or rubbing on the skin.




Do you need a tri suit for a triathlon?

A triathlon race is timed over all three disciplines and includes transition (time taken from swim to bike, then bike to run) and therefore in a competition does not allow for a change of apparel. Many triathletes may say an event can be won or lost due to transition times. A tri suit is designed for an unrestricted swim, comfortable and aerodynamic cycle leg and also a comfortable and unrestricted run. Many tri suits have a storage pockets to carry nutrition (essential for long distance triathlons) over the cycle and run legs.

While many triathletes may use different apparel when training for these disciplines separately, a tri suit would be used in training before a race, especially in a “brick session” when the athlete is training in transitions, a swim to bike or a bike to run combination.




How do I make my triathlon bike faster?

Apart from a good consistent training plan before a triathlon race, a bike time can be significantly reduced by the following:
• Bike serviced and running well, position comfortable and suitable for the distance required.
• Nothing attached or hanging off the bike to interfere with the aero dynamics. Choosing the most efficient way to be carrying spares, hydration and nutrition.
• Apparel choice, no flapping jackets, vests etc, well-fitting helmet.
• One of the most significant is wheels and tyre choice, an easy upgrade to a bike is the choice of good wheels and tyres.
Often triathletes source a deeper rimmed carbon wheel, and even a split rim set (rear wheel depth deeper than the front wheel). Tyre choice should be the best suitable for the course terrain, usually triathletes require the fastest rolling tyres.
• Practice swim to bike transition, understanding the fatigue and difference.
• Hydration and nutrition requirements for the athletes race understood and practiced. Putting the three disciplines together requires a good understanding of this and hydration and nutrition is critical during the cycle leg (especially in the longer distances).




What shoes do you wear for a triathlon?

Due to the transition time being so important in both swim to bike and bike to run, a “triathlon shoe” in the cycle leg is the best choice. The tri shoe is designed for the athlete to wear without a sock, to put on and take off with minimal fuss and time. The shoe is designed for the athlete to put on and secure (and take off) while moving on the bike.

Once off the bike, the triathlete would put on their run shoe. Often again due to time in transition, the run shoe would be laced with a elastic lace, and therefore allowing the triathlete to pull the shoe straight on, requiring no lace up time.






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