There Are Two Common Types of Ironman Athletes
Some like to ride their bike solo, while others prefer a group to find the support and motivation during their long rides. It is important to identify which one of the two athletes you are so that you can position yourself for optimal race performance.
For example, if you are always riding in a group, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. It is very unlikely that in an Ironman triathlon you will have a group of riders motivating or pacing you. If you train this way, you may have a hard time adjusting to the actual reality of the race. Next time try a solo ride to build mental strength, and test your ability to push yourself through the difficulties without other athletes to rely on for motivation. You can even take it a step further, and do a solo ride entirely indoors to test your perseverance.
On the flip side, if you tend to do the majority of your long bike rides alone, it may be a good idea to switch it up and join a group ride next time. You may not be getting enough intensity, and riding with others may give you that extra push to take it up to a new level. You might be forced to ride at a higher cadence, or push the effort similarly to what you will need to do while racing.
Whether you prefer riding solo, or in a group, you can benefit from switching up your long ride routine regularly.
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Since 2001 Peter has worked with individuals from many backgrounds, some taking up exercise for the first time looking for weight loss and toning, and others seeking guidance with a more extreme goal of training for an Ironman triathlon. Peter has published articles in the Competitor Magazine, some of his work was also featured by USA Triathlon, Golf Fitness Magazine and Colorado Runner website.
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