Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae gives us her top 5 tips that have helped make her a champion
1. Start the season by building your foundational strength by strengthening all the muscles you need to perform at your best – including your stabilizer muscles and core. This is all very important not only for improving performance but for staying healthy.
2. Spending so much time swimming, biking and running can put a lot of stress on the body, so make sure you are working on functional strength and get regular massages so all your muscles are firing properly allowing you to maximize your power, speed and efficiency in all three disciplines.
3. Technique is key, so make sure it is where it needs to be from the very beginning. Then practice, practice, practice to stay sharp all season. It is very important to maintain proper form for efficiency across the swim, bike, run.
4. Getting a proper bike fit should be the first thing you do before you take your first ride. You do not want to be changing your bike setup mid-season. I have seen many injuries caused by doing this, so try to get this all set before you really get into full training mode.
5. Keep a balanced program that works on weaknesses, to make them strengths, but also continuing to strenghten the strengths. A well-rounded program includes long easy miles, strength training sessions (hills on both bike and run; swim paddles, pulling in the pool), speed and sessions and threshold work.