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.

Triathlon Training Schedules: Laying the Foundation for Beginners

Are you in a hurry to get ready for your first triathlon? Be warned: triathlon competitions usually take most athletes weeks to months of training sessions to prepare for.

This tiring, grueling competition typically varies in distance and as thus requires the right type of triathlon training schedule to provide these athletes with the right amount of stamina, strength and energy to compete. This article discusses important factors to be considered by beginner triathletes when developing appropriate triathlon training schedules for the race they are planning to participate in, current level of their athletic development, and amount of time they have to prepare. 

Current Level of Development:

The first place to start when laying out a triathlon training schedule is conducting an honest evaluation of your current fitness level and preparedness to compete in such an event. This is one area where it is extremely helpful to get external or outside help- preferably from an experienced triathlete or coach, since a solid current level of fitness assessment is necessary in order to come up with an effective triathlon training schedule plan. 

Triathlon coaching is a fantastic option you can choose to opt for, rather than going it alone. Scheduling a session or two with a professional triathlon or endurance trainer or coach can help set you on the right path to developing a realistic base of your current level of endurance before setting out to train for your ever first triathlon. 

The Race:

Once you have established where you stand with regard to your current abilities you need to know what to do, and where you are going with your plan. Knowing where you are going involves you asking yourself questions like: What challenges am I faced with in the triathlon I’m preparing for? Is the race being conducted in a pool or open water? What is the distance of the race? What does the course look like (especially the swim)? Answering these questions helps you plan as much of your training as possible in conditions close to those of the actual environment, settings, and situation in which you will be competing. 


All triathlons are competitions or races against time- much more than they are against other athletes. Therefore, your triathlon training schedule and sessions should be conducted in a manner that is appropriate. If you are like most triathletes, you probably have a day job, other social obligations and maybe even a family. Somewhere between all the other responsibilities or duties you may have, you need to find time to consistently devote to your triathlon training schedule. This is at times quite a challenge to some, since certain things need to be given up in order to make time for both training and training recovery. 

Be prepared: 

I remember how it was for my first triathlon- preparation was the key to my success and enjoyment of the race. The most important elements for trainees are to know where they stand, where they are going, and to be prepared to put in the work and sacrifices necessary along the way. It is generally a good idea to read up on the triathlon training process as much as is possible so as to know what to expect. You will avoid potential disasters this way, and be more likely to have a great time (as well as a great personal time!).

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