My First Triathlon: How to Guide

A triathlon competition is a multi-sport race that typically involves the completion of 3 sequential continuous endurance sporting events. Though many different forms and variations of this sport exists the most common or popular form of involves competitors engaging in swimming, running and cycling over various distances in immediate succession. Individuals who participate in triathlons (aka triathletes) often take on the challenge to compete for titles or prizes for fastest overall course completion time, and timed transition between individual swim, run and bike components of the race. But even more commonly, people will sign up for triathlons simply to get in to shape.

Each of the 3 sports involved in triathlon competitions or events require different muscles and techniques to complete. The idea of training, and applying these different techniques and body or muscle movements, can be daunting as well as challenging to beginners. Novice triathlon coaching or training usually focuses on helping beginners understand how the three separate sports interact with one another and how their specific movements impact the body. A triathlon training schedule for a beginner generally includes obtainable weekly goals, and gradually works towards increasing the load.

Most triathlon coaching experts recommend pairing up with an acquaintance, or joining a triathlon team when training if possible so to stay motivated, maintain your training schedule, and keep good track of your progress. The following are triathlon beginner training suggestions or guides that can be considered when getting started:

My First Triathlon Beginner Training for Swimming:

The swimming part of the competition is usually the most difficult and disheartening component of the race for many novice triathletes since it is the one sport that many are not familiar with. Unless you’re an excellent swimmer, tailoring your triathlon training schedule to meet and overcome your swimming apprehension or inadequacy is a must if you want to have success in this sport. Triathlon swimming training should be geared towards reducing fatigue and improving speed by focusing on technique. Most triathlon coaching trainers encourage triathletes to train in the open water, or in environments and conditions that mostly closely mimic those of the environment and circumstances you will be competing in.

My First Triathlon Beginner Training for Biking:

Cycling usually makes up the longest portion of the races with regards to both distance and time. It is very important to make sure you get an experienced bike expert to fit you for your biking equipment, since the success of your bike training sessions and cycling component of the race greatly depends on the type of bike you are working with.

My First Triathlon Beginner Training for the Run:

For triathlon training, for the running component of the race the best thing to do is to mimic the circumstances you will be experiencing in the actual race. If you are out of shape or are new to triathlon training it is probably a good idea to start of slow with daily walks then gradually build up to a jog the following week increasing your pace gradually as you go along. You should also incorporate sprints every now and then to practice turning on speed during your race. Technique is also crucial in running, although many new athletes ignore this and get injured. Take a Pose Method or Chi Running clinic, or simply read their materials to make sure you are moving and landing properly.

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