In terms of time spent, the ride is the most important part of the triathlon, accounting for around 40% of the total competition time, so its important to spend a corresponding amount of time on the bike training, unfortunately this is not easy to do if you live in central Paris.
(note although useful, a 20min stop/start ride home from work does not count as training and anything on a Velib is just for fun !)
What you have to understand is that there are rules to cycling, its not really meant to be a pleasure, when you are on the bike you should be working hard, suffering, anything less is frankly considered to be a waste of time.
There are 2 ‘cycle tracks’ close to Paris where suffering is prevalent – the most popular is the Hippodrome de Longchamps in the Bois de Boulogne, the other the Pyramide du Bois de Vincennes – both of these are good for getting out and blasting round 5 – 10 times for some short distance interval training.
A key piece of training materiel (other than the bike itself) is of course the home trainer, especially useful when you don’t have loads of time to train, or if the weather is not looking as warm and summery as you would like. Good to keep training up especially if you are using Sufferfest, however not really a replacement for getting out and suffering.
So once you understand that the cycling part of the triathlon is perhaps the most complicated, but is certainly the most time consuming of the 3 sports, you will begin to understand how useful it is to be part of a team who offers you help and support in ALL the different aspects of cycling.
Weekly beginners group sessions at Longchamps at the start of the season to help get you started
Group speed sessions at either Longchamps or Vincennes
Regular ‘Long Rides’ on a Sunday – going out in search of countryside
Team participation in local cyclosportifs
Weekends away in search of mountains and other great places to suffer
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