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Active Expert: Gale Bernhardt

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Hey Gale~


My 15-year-old just got his first road bike and is already a good swimmer. He’s swam competitively for five years and will swim on the high school team. He's a good, strong rider too. He beat me last year in a mountain bike race.


What tips/suggestions would you have for a teen triathlete?  I've never done one as I suck at running. ~ A.S.

 

 

Hi A.S. ~


I'm working with a 14-year-old right now. My main goal is to make "workouts" as fun as possible.


Your son has an advantage with swim team and track in his back pocket. When he is doing his primary sport for school, minimize or eliminate the other two sports. Any time spent doing other sports during the competitive season of his school sport, should be completely aerobic and relatively short. Foundation technique skills and drills is always a good pick during this time.


When he's out of his school sport responsibilities you can add the other sports back into the mix. For the fellow I’m coaching, I had him do two workouts in each sport each week and he had good results. I rotated which sport had intervals or higher intensity segments and generally all the intervals were well under 5 minutes. If he did longer intensity segments, it was usually related to a hill climb and learning about pacing.


Hope that helps ~ Gale

 

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