In cooperation with Exercise Physiologist and Certified Triathlon Coach, Mr. Kypros Nicolaou, we are giving you the 8 steps that will help you reach the tip of Olympus and become the an O3 Olympus Man 2018. This week's step: Tips and Techniques
When it comes to swimming, wet-suit usage will be beneficial only if the temperature will be between 15-22⁰ C. Anything above this temp wet-suit is not allowed. So using this gear at those water temps, will give you a competitive advantage only if you are used to swimming in one, and have done a number of training sessions that familiarize your fast locomotion in it. Rehearse the exit of the water and peeling it off as fast as possible (with out ripping it). Minimize time spend in this procedure and you are good to go.
When it comes to running technique each person runs differently. However, technique for long distance running does vary especially if it is track, road, trail, or mtn. Mtn running techniques (O3) tend to have a shorter and probably stronger push to take the athlete up in elevation. Track athletes tend to have a longer and less disrupted rhythm of stride.
In the o3 event, the mtn run to be completed requires a short and quick leg stride, the ability to go uphill on a rough surface terrain, and performance to tackle arduous hills. The athletes need to have decent leg strength, in order to endure after a grueling bike hill climbing.
When it comes to the biking section of the O3 a full tri bike might not be the best choice to use for the over 2500 m of total ascend (climbing). A more traditional bike for hill climbing might be a better option, since the time spend on the tri- aero bars will be minimized. The aerodynamic tuck-in position will be better suited for a more flat race with higher speeds developed and the need for a less frontal area surface against the wind.