A local pro triathlete shares some of her secrets of training

Published: Apr. 26, 2019 at 9:13 AM CDT
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Professional triathlete Danielle Dingman with SBC Athletics joined us on Fit Life to talk about something called, "Brick Training."

Danielle told us Brick Training helps prepare your body for the transition from cycling to running. It involves doing some runs right after a bike ride. So, if you are newer to Triathlon, you might do this 2-to-3 times a week after you ride your bike.

Just get off the bike and run for 10-to-15 minutes just to get your body adapted to that feeling. Because, it's a weird feeling. Your legs will kind of feel like Jello.

One of Danielle's key workouts before a big competition is called Brick Sets.

She sets her bike up at a track on a trainer so she can ride her bike in place. She'll do 20 minute hard bike efforts followed by 10 minute hard run efforts. And, she'll do that 3 times.

If you're trying to do that and you don't have the trainer to set up at a track, how would you recommend that someone does this workout?

Danielle tells us you can just find a road that's safe to ride. You can go out and back. Try 10 minutes out and 10 minutes back. Or, you can do a loop and have your run stuff ready to go so you can run right after that. Or, if it's maybe a bad weather day and you can't get outside, go to a gym. Go from the stationary bike to the treadmill.

Now, because it's a transition, does this help you get ready for the race and help you practice that big transition?

Danielle tells us she does practice the transition both physically and mentally. "So, right before I'm getting off the bike I'm thinking about being calm and transitioning smoothly. So, I am ready to move into that run. So, you have to be very mindful and cognizant of your emotions and just kind of take a deep breath, calm yourself down, come to a gradual stop, step off the bike and then you can walk or jog your bike to your transition area," Danielle shared.

"Just take your time. Because, when you're all worked up and anxious you can do stupid things in transition. I've done things. I wrecked my bike in transition before," Danielle added.

Danielle Dingman does have a big competition coming up. It's The North American Championships in St. George, Utah on May 4th.

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