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Triathlon Strength Training & Endurance Performance

The Olympic games introduced a new triathlon event for the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo. The mixed team relay will consist of (distances to be confirmed) 200-300m swim 6-8km bike and 1.5-2km run. Edmonton will host a leg of the international triathlon series mixed relay event this summer on July 27th-28th at Hawrelak Park. This change of distance is an exciting time for youth, junior, university student athletes and potential talent transfer athletes who previously would not have looked at an Olympic distance (2hr triathlon event) as a possibility to succeed against the current triathlon specialists. As a coach in Edmonton, this new distance is a great challenge and one I believe our athletes can prepare for at home without the need to train full-time and sacrifice gaining further education in the process. Youth and junior series events around the province and country are now catering to this new faster distance of triathlon. The Commonwealth Games 2018 will see Canada with a strong medal chance in the mixed relay and the individual event has been shortened from Olympic distance to a sprint distance.

How can strength training improve performance in endurance sports?

Performance in most endurance sports is determined by the mean velocity an athlete can keep for a given distance. The mean velocity is a product of the athlete’s maximal capability for energy production for the given distance (i.e. V02 max), and the cost of keeping a certain speed (exercise economy). Adding strength training to a normal endurance training week of swimming/cycling and running may theoretically improve endurance performance by acting on one or more of the following factors.

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