Life Time Tri coaches Troy Jacobson and Heather Casey discuss why it’s essential to get fitted for a bike and why it’s important to get fitted at the start of your triathlon journey instead of later on.

It’s a major misconception among triathletes that you have to reach a certain level of training  before you get fitted for bike. The reality is that a proper bike fit is one of the best long-term investments a newbie triathlete can make.

When you get fitted for a bike you benefit by:

  1. Being more comfortable on your bike. You’ll want to ride longer and more often when you’re comfortable.
  2. Enjoying your rides more, rather than them being something you have to struggle through.
  3. Increasing your performance, because you’ll be more powerful and efficient.
  4. Decreasing the likelihood you’ll injure yourself while riding.

For these reasons, you should get professionally fitted right off the bat. Retul is a great resource for those looking to get data-driven results. You can learn about proper fit and alignment through their signature fit session.

Experienced triathletes also should get fitted. This one of the best ways to recover from injury related to poor cycling mechanics. It can also prevent reinjury.