7 skills for controlling your bike with confidence
June 22nd, 2012
09:34 AM ET

7 skills for controlling your bike with confidence

Knowing how to ride a bike is one thing, but having the ability to comfortably and safely share the road with other cyclists requires another level of skill.

These basic handling techniques will help you enjoy the transition from bike rider to full-blown cyclist, and, as an added bonus, can help save a little time on race day.

Hold a straight line

Whether riding on an open road or in a race, always look over your shoulder before swinging from one side of the road to the other. Before carving through a corner, always check your blind spot, especially in a race since the noise created by fellow cyclists isn’t always enough to alert you of their presence.

Here's your training plan - get race ready by August
March 14th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Here's your training plan - get race ready by August

Throughout the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge, we will be posting workout and meal plans so you can follow along at home.  Today's posting is the first four weeks of training.

The 6-pack are well into training for the New York City Triathlon. In just one month’s time we’ve seen their health improve and their fitness levels increase…dramatically! They are going longer with their workouts as they build their base, and soon they will head into going stronger! Are you ready to join them? Are you ready to get in shape for triathlon racing this summer? Let’s get started!

We'll post four weeks of workouts at a time. Follow the steps and then get it done…no excuses!

Step 1 – Go sign up for a sprint distance race sometime in June, then an Olympic distance race sometime in August. The program above will prepare you for these distances.

Step 2 – Enlist some friends and family to join you in the training (and perhaps racing). It’s more fun with a crowd.

Step 3 – Put the workouts below in your calendar and stick to them!!

Laura Cozik, athletic director for the CNN Triathlon Challenge, is the founder and CEO of Team Lipstick, LLC, an all female triathlon team, based in New York City with a chapter in Washington, D C.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.