The Fourth Discipline
Frederik Van Lierde
The second, 1/60 of a minute, 1/3600 hour, 1/86 400 day.
Many sporting events are a race against time, against the stopwatch. A few seconds make or break a competition.
How many hours in the pool would it take to shave seconds from your swim time?
Hundreds, more likely thousands.
How many hours of transition practice would it take to lop two minutes off your transition time?
Maybe just the time to make a good plan.
TIMING, PLACEMENT AND GEAR
The transition between water, bike and land in an Ironman is an art unto itself.
Frederik Van Lierde walks us through the vitals of his transiton toolset:
“Efficiency and organization maximize timing;
they ensure that once a triathlete leaves the water and arrives at their bike and gear,
the timing method to get into shoes,
helmet secured and on the bike seat has been worked down to a science”.
Going over the transitions in the mind repeatedly leading up to the event, and even during, is a vital part of the triathlon process.
Imagining breaking from the water and hitting the beach, the location and placement of the gear, the smooth, methodical motions to get on and off the bike – these are as important as physical fitness and endurance.
“Visualizing T1 and T2 before and during a race, is what I do to be as fast as possible”.
With the correct training and dedication, everything comes together, mind and body.
Triathlon is art, science and force of will combined.