Monday, October 14, 2013

How to Prepare for a Triathlon with Nathan Patrick Pramik

One of the most respected competitions in the US and the world is the triathlon. Triathlons challenge participants to levels of endurance many people never thought possible. Triathletes prepare for events months in advance. They have to adhere to strict exercise regimes and an incredibly healthy diet to give their body and mind the best chance they can have to finish a triathlon.

Nathan Patrick Pramik has been participating in extreme endurance athletics for decades. He once was a division I college athlete, so he knows the degree of commitment required to be a triathlete. His commitment pays off however. Nathan Patrick Pramik is one of the USA's top amateur triathletes and he has been awarded multiple times for his success and dedication to the triathlon movement. But how does one prepare for a triathlon? There is certainly a lot to get ready for.

The swimming aspect of a triathlon can be daunting. It requires a lot of swimming in preparation. But during the actual event, swimming in open water can be difficult. When preparing for the swimming part, make sure you recognize that you will have to be constantly looking up to see where the rest of the racers are located. Furthermore, any swim style is acceptable – use what you're efficient and comfortable with.

The cycling section of a triathlon is the longest distance part of a race. Throughout your preparation, be sure you devote the most amount of time to cycling. It is the easiest to improve compared to the other two and is also the most time-intensive part of a triathlon. It's possible to use a mountain bike, but best to have a nice road bike. Make sure you try to find an ideal cadence (or the number of times you turn the pedals in a minute). The ideal speed your cadence should be is about 90 revolutions in a minute. This will help you conserve the most energy while also propelling you at a decent speed.

The run is also a very difficult aspect of a triathlon. Many people who fail do so during the marathon at the end. The run comes at a punishing time – your muscles and joints have just gone through swimming and over an hour of cycling. Now they have to hit the pavement for hours more. Training is important to overcoming this challenge. Make sure throughout your training that you include aspects of running immediately after bike riding. This will help the body get used to the transition that harms so many triathletes.


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