Want to gain an edge without draining your wallet? Apply these small details to your training and racing.
When triathletes refer to “free speed,” they often mean race wheels and aero helmets that won’t “cost” you any extra fitness. We love fast gear, but real fitness and little technical details, like the ones below, can give you an edge during your next race without the hefty price tag.
Stay in aero
A slick-looking setup with no spacers means nothing if you spend half the bike leg sitting up. “Sitting up on a bike is the same as riding your brakes downhill. … You’re sure to lose all the free speed you purchased when you bought your aero triathlon bike,” says Matt Cole, owner of Podium Multisport in Atlanta. “The most aero position in the world won’t help you if you can’t hold it more than five minutes.” A good fitter should work with you not only to find the most aero position, but to also set you up with one you can actually hold for the duration of the bike leg.