TRIATHLON RUNNING AND CYCLING ARE RELATED BUT SWIMMING IS SPECIFIC
Millet, G. P., Candau, R. B., Barbier, B., Busson, T., Rouillon, J. D., & Chatard, J. C. (2002). Modeling of transfers of training effects on performance in elite triathletes. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 25, 63.
Triathlon training was monitored and measured in elite triathletes (N = 4) for 40 weeks. Performance was measured in running be a submaximal 30-min run, in swimming by a 5 x 400 m all-out test, and subjectively in competitions.
Swimming training and performances were unrelated to either running or cycling, showing it to be highly specific. Running and its training intensity was related to both cycling performance in competitions and running.
Implication. Running training is the most important part of triathlon training because it influences both cycling and running. Swimming is a separate activity.
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