Ever feel you could be a faster runner if it were not for having to spend so much time on the bike? Or maybe you're like me and look over at the uber-swift swimmers in the fast lane with admiration just to find out the only thing they do is swim.
In a recent conversation, the best runner (as in sub 5 minute miles in a sprint triathlon) in my triathlon club said, "I used to be a fast runner before I started triathlon."
USED to be a fast runner? He runs like 4:50s after pounding the bike for 45 minutes and he doesn't consider himself fast?? ...sigh...
It appears there's a reason for all of this "relative under-performance" and it's called non-specificity. In other words... to be your best at any one sport you have to do only one sport. Plus, to frustrate things, the gains we make in one discipline can work to the detriment of another. An example is the large quadriceps built from heavy biking weighs us down during the run.
What's a back-of-the-middle-of-the-packer, like me, to do?
Health reporter Gina Kolata last week wrote for the NY Times an article right up our triathlon alley. It's pretty informative if not another example of our sport becoming more mainstream. If the NY Times is paying somebody to write about it there must be a large and growing audience for the subject.
Hmmmmmm... we're not as alone in as we might think.
Check out the article HERE.