Triathlon training can be difficult and challenging for beginners. But in the end, the rewarding feeling one gets by completing that first triathlon is worth all of the sweat and tears. If you are looking to try a triathlon, here are four training tips to keep in mind as you go forward.
A triathlon is a competitive challenge that's divided into three parts: swimming, cycling and running. There are various types of triathlons, ranging from the difficult Iron Man to the half- or middle-distance triathlon. The Iron Man's distances are: 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running. The half is obviously half of each of those Iron Man distances. There are other shorter distance events like the Olympic- or short-distance challenge, which has distances of 0.93 miles of swimming, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running. As a beginner, one thing to consider is what type you want to start with. That decision will help determine your training regimen.
Let's now discuss the tips to consider as you begin your triathlon training.
No matter what level or type you want to begin with, it takes desire and commitment in order to maintain a consistent training schedule. Training for a triathlon is not like a normal workout. It involves three different challenges and all three take training time in order to improve. So commitment is the first thing you will need.
Set Training Goals
As you lay out your training schedule it is important to set planned goals that you want to reach at certain points in your training. These goals will involve time and distance. Since your ultimate aim is to complete in whatever challenge you undertake, it is important that you gradually work toward those final distances. So set goals that will get you to the finish line. These goals will help you see your improvement.
All three aspects have specific attire and equipment that is required to compete in and complete a challenge. Therefore, it's a good idea to find the correct bike that fits your style and is comfortable to be on for long distances.
Swimming requires proper gear as well. This includes a Lycra competitive swimsuit as well as goggles and a swim cap. And since running starts with your feet, comfortable running shoes are a must. Shoes wear out quickly, so you may need several good pairs. Clothing is also important for running and cycling. A comfortable pair of shorts and a good selection of shirts are necessary because comfort is needed in order to train hard and eventually complete a challenge. Sunglasses and a hat will also help.
Balance in Training
As you set your training regimen remember to balance the time you spend training for all three events. In other words, do not give more time to one event over the other. By the start time of the challenge you want to feel confident in all three.
These tips will help you get started, but it will take sweat, muscleaches and determination to get through that tough swim or up that final hill. The challenge is what it's all about.