MY TRAIL RUNNING PREP: WHAT IS THE LINK WITH YOUR TRIATHLON PREP AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
WORKING ON YOUR ENDURANCE
To prepare for trail running in the mountains different types of sessions are planned, in particular, hike-and-run sessions designed to help the body get used to long periods of effort. Even if the exertion of 7 hours of running is different to the 7 hours of exertion doing 3 disciplines in triathlon, the body will get used to working with the fatigue and manage to use of its resources. You will subsequently be laid back about your ability to deal with this kind of effort during your triathlon.
WORKING ON SPEED
To prepare for trail running, it is important to do short and long interval training sessions on the track or on the flat so the body and heart get used to changes in pace. This speed work will be beneficial for the triathlon because it will enable your organism on the given day to better adapt and have the ability to cope with your pace throughout the race.
BUILD UP YOUR POWER
Running sessions uphill or with different elevations help to work out different muscles groups and in particular quads, which are useful for cycling. I often notice that even with less bike training, when focusing on trail running preparation, that when I switch to triathlon preparation I feel my thighs respond pretty well despite the lack of mileage under my belt. Running with differences in elevation is subsequently useful, and you'll feel the benefits when you switch to long cycling sorties.