The Importance of Cadence in Training
In writing this blog post I am targeting those who train for triathlon. You know, the people who swim, bike, and run. Cadence plays an important factor in their training. They’ve got cadence as it relates to their arm turnover when they swim. They’ve got cadence as it relates to their kicking while they swim. They’ve got cadence as it relates to spinning their bike cranks while they pedal. And they’ve got cadence as it relates to how many strides they take in a minute during their runs.
Triathlon is an endurance “sport.” Accordingly, a triathlete really needs to be able to perform well at a high cadence during competition. It’s a lot easier to spin along in a moderate gear on the bike than it is to push along in a big gear. It’s a lot easier to take many short strides while running rather than a few long strides. But the long triathlons do not lend themselves to high cadence throughout the events. The high cadence really works the heart. Thus, a triathlete must also be competent at slower cadences to “rest” a little from doing the high cadence stuff.
Since a triathlete needs to be good at all levels of cadence (high and low), they must train at all levels of cadence. This is true whether they are focusing on swimming, biking, and/or running. Mixing up the cadence level in training is just as important as mixing up the speeds and intensity levels in training. You can train by speed, you can train by power, you can train by heart rate, but you can ALSO train by cadence. Keep this in mind if you are serious about your training.