Successful Triathlon Training Plan for Sprint Distance Triathlons
When preparing for a sprint distance triathlon, most triathletes place a lot of emphasis on equipment, triathlon transitions, and stoke methodology. However, the most important and often overlooked element for any type of triathlon training is the training plan itself. This article goes on to discuss how triathletes can develop a strong sprint triathlon training plan, taking in to consideration all the talk in the industry concerning the different approaches to getting in shape for this sport.
The first thing that needs to be tackled when developing a sprint distance triathlon training plan or after getting yourself signed up for a triathlon coaching session is establishing the best starting point for you to begin from.
To objectively establish your starting point on your own, you need to ask yourself the following questions: Are you currently exercising multiple days a week? Are you a novice that needs to learn how to swim and ramp up exercise levels gradually? Answering these along with other pre triathlon coaching questions that your trainer or preferred training guide asks helps set you on the right starting path to developing a custom effective training plan for your needs.
Interested triathlon participants that are already in good shape and understand swimming essentials will definitely have no problem jumping in to training sessions that typically involve biking, swimming and running a minimum number of 3 times a week for a recommended time period of 10 to 12 weeks. Sprint triathlon distances normally vary; however with effective triathlon coaching sessions and sufficient training schedules followed meticulously, well prepared triathletes should be able to successfully complete each race distance charted out on consecutive days.
For instance, if the race you are to be competing in is a 500 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike ride and 5 kilometer run, you should devise your triathlon training schedule in a manner that mimics the both the events and environment of the particular race you are aiming to compete in. In the above case, this means that stroke training or swimming should be conducted on Monday, bike training on Tuesday and running on Wednesday.
For triathletes or future triathletes who have gone a considerable amount of time without training, or those who are entering a triathlon race in order to get in to better shape, the training plan or program you opt for should undoubtedly be building up more slowly than that of athletes that are already in good shape.
Instead of jumping right in to an aggressive training program that requires you to be in good shape, you can be more effective by starting off with simply taking up daily walks for a week or so then gradually build up to a jog the following week, and subsequently increase your pace until you are able to effortlessly run a few miles or kilometers without issue. The same principle applies to biking. You may have the ability to run and or bike for long however you should keep in mind not to overdo it.
Swimming on the other hand takes a different approach from running and biking. If you aren’t that confident in water, taking a few swim classes and learning how to submerge your face as well as blow bubbles is generally an excellent starting point. From there, you can learn a progressive series of drills that can get you “over the hump” in swimming, and allow you to complete an open water triathlon swim with enough energy left over for the bike and run portions of the race.