One of the tips is to pedal low cadence. In this article, let’s take a closer look at this topic. through the article of Cam Watt, now a triathlon coach and once in charge of the Team Budget Forklifts racing team.
One day in late 2003, Brett Sutton – then my triathlon coach – asked to meet him at the Gold Coast racetrack (Australia). That’s where we will practice most of the pedaling. As soon as he met, he held a cable cutter in his hand. He wants you to run on the biggest big gear, unless you go on a steep slope. He can switch to a small one.
For the whole of the last season, Brett took me to the eyes of the races every weekend to deliberately show me how weak I am. Despite pedaling well with cadence up to 95rpm, imitating like professional athletes on TV I often see. that still didn’t help me defeat the French and Swiss bicyclists – real monsters!
Brett decided to tailor me exercises with heavy workloads, more about powering up. This lesson plan is calculated separately to suit my personal needs, because I am trying to improve my strength. Six months of running on gear and that was enough for me to see a sharp improvement. Before long, I could easily run with the best pedal.
Since then, I have started researching on professional cycling, started managing and leading a UCI team. When I was in my new position, I saw arguments about cadence. What is the ideal cadence level for triathlon long distance races?
Imagine the seesaw. One seesaw is your heart and lungs, the other is your legs. When cadence is higher, the heart and lungs need to work harder. Conversely, the lower the cadence the faster the stride has to go.