Today on The Kona Edge we find out from Sydney Tervort what her strategy is when it comes to her Ironman bike.  We discover how mountain biking has improved her bike handling skills and Sydney reveals  how she manages her training during the cold months.


BRAD BROWN:  Welcome onto this edition of The Kona Edge, it’s great to have you with us, thank you so much for downloading and listening to the podcast. Don’t forget, if you do enjoy them, please do leave us a rating and a review on iTunes, it just helps us get in front of more people, podcast growing really nicely and we need all the help we can get. A returning guest on the podcast today, Sydney Tervort. Sydney, welcome back, thanks for joining us today.

SYDNEY TERVORT:  Thank you, thanks for having me.

BRAD BROWN:  Sydney, let’s talk about your bike today and it’s one of those things, you mentioned when you came from your running background you didn’t mind riding the bike, did you really take it seriously when you got into triathlon or were you a bit of a runner with a bit of a cross training problem, you used to ride the bike to stay fit and improve your run as a runner?

Mountain bike improves your Ironman fitness

SYDNEY TERVORT:  I actually started out mountain biking. Living in Utah, it’s something I can’t even remember really, I bought my first mountain bike when I was back in my 20’s, so I started out always loving to bike, so I started out mountain biking. I actually didn’t buy my first road bike until I’d signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon and so I was pretty strong on the bike when I started and I think my love for biking has helped propel me forward with that and push me on that. I didn’t do it more for fitness, I did it for the love of the sport, just because it was fun.

BRAD BROWN:  Mountain biking is pretty underrated, as much as you look at the speeds and that that you’d generally go and you look at the average speed and people think gee, you’re going so slow but you mentioned the word ‘strong’ and that’s what mountain biking does, it makes you incredibly strong, but it also helps with the bike handling skills.

SYDNEY TERVORT:  It absolutely does and I’ll tell you, that really helped in Texas this year because we had so many corners and I loved the bike course in Texas, I had a blast out there because it was flat, but I didn’t mind the corners. The bike handling skills are something that I picked up in mountain biking that have carried over really nicely into triathlon.

BRAD BROWN:  Do you still ride the mountain bike as part of your training?

SYDNEY TERVORT:  Not as part of my training but I do it for fun with my husband and friends.

BRAD BROWN:  Looking at what you’ve done possibly in the last year or two, can you put it down to one thing that you think has given you the biggest gains in your bike performance.

Indoor trainer to keep you strong on the bike

SYDNEY TERVORT:  What keeps us solid in the bike performance is we have a really strong CompuTrainer program and that’s actually how I got in with this group, with my trainers and the triathlon group that I’m in Balance Start Multi-Sport. We have a program that’s put together by Dr Max Testa because obviously we don’t have great biking weather here for a lot of the months of the year, so we’re indoors but it’s very consistent, 2-3 times a week people go. So the CompuTrainer is what keeps our strength up, keeps me strong and it’s all intervals. It’s painful, they’re 90 minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights, is when I go and then longer sessions on the weekends and so I think that’s really a key to stay strong on the bike, is to challenge yourself through the winter with these kinds of training.

BRAD BROWN:  The CompuTraining sessions are also great if you’re pressed for time. Comparable to a 90 minute workout on the road, you tend to push yourself a lot harder when you’re on the indoor.

SYDNEY TERVORT:  Yeah, I would agree with that because there’s no coasting, there’s no downhill, stop signs and it’s designed with intervals and fast and then rest breaks, so it’s designed to make you stronger. Yeah, I would say it’s good for a time crunch.

BRAD BROWN:  It helps on the mental side of things too because one thing that I know and it plays on my mind all the time, it’s almost like running on a treadmill. You know that you can get off it any time and to keep going, it makes you mentally tough.

Indoor trainer makes you mentally tough

SYDNEY TERVORT:  You know, that is a really good point because when I go after work on Tuesday and Thursday nights, sometimes I’m just really tired. It’s really nice to know that if I really want to get off and go and get water, that I can do that! It’s always dark outside, so in the mental aspect of being in a CompuTrainer class, again with me, it’s being around my friends and the team and having people to make it fun.

BRAD BROWN:  What’s your favourite workout? What do you love doing? You said with the swim sets too and these ones, do you love the ones that really push you hard, the intervals that really hurt?

SYDNEY TERVORT:  No, I find those necessary. The bike workouts I really like are in the summer where we can go out and do the 80-100 mile rides through the mountains. We’ve got some beautiful places to ride here, so I really like the long rides, but that’s only in the summer when we’re able to do that. The CompuTrainer sessions are very necessary, they’re fun but they hurt!

BRAD BROWN:  Necessarily evil as they say.

SYDNEY TERVORT:  Yeah, that’s what I call it.

BRAD BROWN:  Sydney, thank you once again for your time here on The Kona Edge, much appreciated, I look forward to chatting about your run next time out and it’s something you’re very good at and you’ve also said something that you want to improve, but we’ll save that for another day, thanks for your time today.