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Swimmers are obsessed with swim technique. No, let me correct myself... triathletes are obsessed with swim technique. Most of my 'swimming friends' just get on with swimming whereas my triathlete friends think that 'endless drills' are the only way forwards. It's easy to become so obsessed with swim technique that we chase unachievable perfection and forget to do the necessary basics. A common coaching method is to compare yourself with the best in the world and then try to copy them. For example, go and video yourself swimming front crawl. Then compare yourself with a video of Michael Phelps swimming front...

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Welcome to Pedal Science, the weekly bike fitting blog by Nick Thomas of The Endurance Coach. This week we look at the subject of HIP ANGLE and cycling performance.  When people determine their riding position they almost always focus on how much knee extension they have, sometimes assess their reach but rarely pay any attention to their range of hip flexion while riding. The 'hip angle' is a term used frequently in bike fitting articles and refers to the angle between the torso and the thigh at the top of the pedal stroke: as the foot travels towards the bottom...

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Welcome to Pedal Science, the weekly bike fitting blog by Nick Thomas of The Endurance Coach. This week we look at the subject of BIKE FIT & RUNNING PERFORMANCE.  When setting up a bike most triathletes (and bike fitters) are aware that the riding position will affect comfort and efficiency and that a correctly fitted bike will result in a faster bike split. However what appears to be overlooked in the majority of cases we see is how the position affects the run split. Physical deterioration can be considerable during the run in a triathlon and the longer the event...

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Welcome to Pedal Science, the weekly bike fitting blog by Nick Thomas of The Endurance Coach. This week we look at the subject of TRI BAR LENGTH and cycling performance.  The aim of tribars is to minimise frontal drag and enable the person to ride faster at the same effort. It’s easy to fit someone in an aerodynamic position but a poorly fitting set of tribars can potentially result in a slower bike split, and certainly affect the following run split in triathlon. The most common problem we see on time trial and road bikes is tribars which are far...

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It's one of the oldest debates in triathlon coaching, do I need to learn how to bilaterally breathe? First of all, just to clarify the term, bilateral breathing means that you can breathe to both left and right sides when swimming. Most people have a preferred side when swimming and some people can only breathe to one specific side. It's fair to say that those who can breathe to the left and the right with equal level of efficiency are in the minority, this is particularly true for those people who came to swimming in their later years rather than...

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