My background is in the professional cycling peloton, but this weekend I had the awesome pleasure of being part of a relay team competing at the Muskoka 70.3 and got my first real Iron man experience. My rookie team did exceptionally well and I was very proud with everyone’s performance.As a cyclist, physiotherapist and bike fitter I was excited to have the opportunity to walk through the transition and see all the bike setups and positions people were using. As I walked through the coral during bike check in, I saw many, shall we say “interesting” things and some things that really left me shaking my head and wanting to find athletes 838, 417 and 1121 to save them from the 90km of unnecessary torture they were about to inflict on themselves!As most are aware, being a part of a relay team, your start wave is the last to go in the morning. This gave me the interesting opportunity to have hundreds of athlete’s to use as carrots in my quest to catch every “R” printed in black ink on people’s left calf as possible that had left before me. I almost succeeded but next year I think riding more then a dozen times in preparation will help. I was able to average almost 36km/h over the 90km and I know a big reason is that I had a secret weapon. I had the incredible advantage of knowing how to get the absolute most out of each pedal stroke and I was positioned 90% of the time (when I wasn’t eating or drinking) to cheat the wind. On my hunt for those elusive “R’s”, I also saw a lot of positional and pedaling mistakes out on the road, mistakes that were unnecessary and hurting the athletes performance with every move!Don’t be the 838’s, 417’s or the 1121’s out there.
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