Triathlon science: 4 of the latest research news
1. SOFT AND STRONG
Spent time on the physio’s couch due to a run-related injury? According to Harvard professor Irene Davis, it’s down to stomping rather than floating. Davis and her team recruited 249 female athletes who each ran over 20 miles a week. They investigated the participants’ strides by having them run over a force plate that recorded the impact of each step, and found that the ‘lighter landers’ were injured significantly less. Not only that, weight played no part. You can practise landing softer by running at a higher cadence without changing your pace.
2. TRAIN HARD, SUCCEED IN LIFE
Want to exceed at everything you do? Well, it’s time to increase your tri training time. Professor Samuele Marcora, who proposed the noted psychobiological model of fatigue, compared the cognitive abilities of 11 professional and nine recreational cyclists. Each set undertook a TT before repeating the effort after a mentally taxing task. Marcora observed that while the AGer’s performance dropped off, the pros weren’t affected. Though largely hereditary, Marcora suggests that willpower and resistance to mental fatigue can be achieved through hard training.
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