Overcome Your Triathlon Weakness

Address your weakest triathlon leg (swim, bike or run) with advice from coach Luis Vargas.

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Q: What can I do to address my weakness before the season starts?

A: Triathletes tend to be good at the sport they enjoy the most, and, as a result, they do that sport the most. On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy the workout itself, there will always be a good excuse to miss it. Whether it’s finding partners for that sport or changing the venue, see if you can enjoy that weak-sport training a little more somehow. Here are some ways to improve each sport before the season starts.


To become a better swimmer, you need a lot of technique and flexibility work. The key is to find a good coach who can oversee your corrections in technique. You also need to vary your swimming. Swim easy on your own and work on technique at your own pace and mix in Masters swims to push yourself.

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You need to develop that power that can only come from miles and miles of riding. During the pre-season, get on the trainer and make it a habit. A Computrainer is a useful investment, with software to measure your training performance and efficiency.

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One of the biggest issues among triathletes is a low turnover rate. Count the strides you take with one foot during a run and aim to get it at 90 or above. After a short warm-up, do 10 short strides of 100 yards. Concentrate on turnover, lifting your legs and driving from the knee. Do not over-stride and try to land mid-foot. Do that once a week in the pre-season months.

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