WALK TO A FASTER RUN
Can short bouts of walking help you post a faster run time?
Countless experienced triathletes – even champion Jan Frodeno – believe that occasional short walks can actually improve your overall performance.
There are two times when brief walks can be beneficial. First, when you require nutrition, 15 seconds of walking can help ensure you stay on your fueling plan.
Second, when faced with short and very steep grades (like Palani hill in Kona), walking prevents undesired spikes in heart rate or going anaerobic, which can have detrimental effects on performance later in the race.
Understanding the benefits of a brief walk can give you the confidence to perform them at strategic points in the race. Give it a try and you’ll discover that walking can be a valuable tool, not a sign of weakness.