Why All Triathletes Need To Run The 5K

Trismarter Head Coach, Lee Gardner is writing about Trifuel over on Read more…. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

I was recently reminded, quite painfully in fact, about why running the 5k is an important distance or event for triathletes to spend time focusing on. My reminder came in the form of a duathlon, which was a 5k run/30k bike/5k run. The pace from the start was fast. About 2 minutes into the first 5k of the du, I looked down at my Garmin and saw a 5:19 m/m average pace. The rest of the first leg is a blur to me. Once I regained conscious thought during the bike leg, I couldn’t help but think, “Holy crap, that hurt! I need to focus on running 5k!” My point is not about how fast or slow I can run a 5k, but to simply express my thoughts about how this middle-distance running event is a key for you, the triathlete, to gain and maintain run speed, regardless of the triathlon distance in which you specialize. Read more…


Lee Gardner is the Head Coach at Trismarter Triathlon Coaching and Nutrition. Coach Lee has successfully coached age group athletes to a number of championship events, including ITU Age Groups Worlds, USAT Age Group Nationals, Ironman World Championship, and Ironman 70.3 World Championship. In 2012, Lee coached athletes to both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championship age group victories, as well as the USA Triathlon 2012 Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year. Contact Trismarter Triathlon Coaching & Nutrition to make your triathlon dreams a reality!

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