AsiaTRI Bikes: Aussie Pro Alexander Polizzi’s Felt IA FRD

Alexander Polizzi is an Australian Pro now racing in the Asian triathlon circuit.   A national level swimmer back in the days in Australia, he made huge success in the butterly and freestyle discipline.  After taking timeout to heal an injury and focus on his studies, he began his new adventure in multisport racing and kayaking.  That paved the way for him to be introduced to the asian sports scene, particularly in China.

In 2014, he found the sport of triathlon, and was fortunate to hook up with Mat Tippett, the head coach at Elite Triathlon Performance Australia.  He progressed quickly, claiming the 2015  Australian Age Group Long Course Championship at the Ironman Port Macquarie 70.3  in only his 3rd half distance event.  After that, he decided to turn Pro, travelling across Asia-Pacific.

In his first year as a Professional, his best finish were near-podium 4th place finishes in both Challenge Vietnam and Ironman 70.3 Bintan.

Alex Polizzi shares one his favorite bike workouts:

Coming from a swimming background, I tend to focus primarily on riding and running, I really enjoy a particularly hard bike session. Not only does riding give you a sense of freedom and take you to some of the most spectacular landscapes, trying to tear your mates legs off in intervals, makes the post ride coffee all the more enjoyable.

Here is a particular session I do on a fairly regular basis in the lead up to key races:
Warm up
Spin anywhere up to 1 hour  to get out of traffic light areas and on to open road.

Main set:
4 x 20km efforts building intensity in each one 70%, 80%, 90%, 100% (above race pace). Between each interval spin high easy cadence for 10 minutes.

Cool Down:
30+ minutes spin down to home.

Look to see Alex compete in Asia in the next few weeks: November 5 in Bohol Philippines for Bohol 5150, and in N0ovember 27 for Ironman 70.3 Phuket in Thailand.

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