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hi joe,
I've got a totally different question: what would you recommend as early season training/testing race at the end of a R&T week where recovery time afterwards should be short - 5k run or 15k run (I'd run the 15k in a little under 1h)?

Jack Daniels says: more recovery after longer races required;
Brett Sutton says the opposite: short races take longer to recover from because of high intensity & high lactic acid levels

whats your opinion on that?


Hi Joe, in regards to the Pedaling Technique Q&A, what's your take on Powercranks? I used them for a time and at the beginning, it was just as you said - I wasn't able to maintain cadence for very long because my hip flexors tired quickly, within 5 minutes. I kept working at it though, and over a period of several months was able to increase the durations of riding with Powercranks up to 2 hours while mainting a cadence in the 80-90 rpm range.

Joe Friel

Bruse--Powercdanks are a tool that can help you become better at pedaling efficiently. I recommend them.

Joe Friel

Triprentice--I've never seen any research h on this. But from experience I can tell you that it comes down to what type of race it was. A marathon run takes longer to recover from than a 10k. But that's because of the pounding the legs take. But a short bike TT can be very challenging to recover from due to the very high intensity. On top of that add individual differences and we have a topic that has no clear cut answer.

Don Mansius

I've read a lot of triathlon training books, and "Your Best Triathlon" is the best! My dog-eared copy goes nearly everywhere with me.

I trained for a half-iron last year using your book and far exceeded my race expectations.

Already training to do a bunch of Olympics this year (in Base 2 rignt now).

Highly recommended even for beginners.

Robin Smith

Interesting, I used to get this every run like clockwork. I actually used to like 'digging a hole' 2 miles in. Don't ask me why it felt good afterwards.

Sadly it has stopped now after a few months running. Miss it!

p.s. I run barefoot mostly.

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