A Triathlon Training Beginner’s Guide

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Triathlon is consist of swimming, biking and running, each sport is quite easy for you to do, but it will be a challenge if you do them all together.

As beginner there are a lot of things you think about aside from that it is intimidating, you think about your equipment for triathlon, gear and also training.

Registering for a Triathlon event is only half of your battle, but as long you trained and prepared well, you will be comfortable as the race day approaches.

Joining a Triathlon group or club is great for a beginner where you can be with others that is new as you and support one other.

Here are some of the tips for beginners:

Gearing Up
Having the best and right equipment for the Triathlon sport will not only help your performance but also it makes you comfortable and put your mind at ease.
Though each athlete has variety of choices in terms of equipment and attires. Some coaches and experts recommendation about good stores often helps you decide. Also, coaches recommend you to train with the gear you plan to race in to practice and be comfortable with it.

Getting Started
When you are competing, it is best to ask advices to those experienced playing or competed the sport or who has been a triathlon coach and a member of a Triathlon group or club.
Also, you need to train first to your weakest sport among the 3 (swimming, biking, running).

Swimming
The best stroke for a triathlon is freestyle because it is easy for you to move faster in open water. Practicing a variety of drills helps your breathing, improve your stoke, strength and endurance and also your kick and leg strength.

Biking
Biking maybe easy but it will be a nerve racking if it’s your first time to bike in a competition. The first step is getting accustomed with your gear and bike. Practicing your gear if it will be easy to pedal and being comfortable with your bike brakes.
Clipless pedals are more preferable for triathlon as it allows you to waste less energy. Clipping is not easy but with practice it will be easy for you when the race comes.

Running
A few miles might be easy, but you will already be exhausted by biking and swimming so it can be a lot challenging to keep your legs moving. But, with enough time of training, the run can help you keep up the wasted time during the other portion of the race. It is important that you practice yourself transitioning one sport to the next to make it easier for you to prepare what is the exactly the feeling doing the 3 sport before the race.

Race Day

If you followed your training plan, you will be prepared on the race day.
1. Get to the race area/place early – being late to the race makes you stress, so avoid it and be prepared.
2. Check your bike tires. Be sure they’re pumped within the pounds per square inch range recommended for your specific tires. Also, flat or low tires don’t roll fast. If you need help, ask someone around you who is experienced, or someone working the race.
3. Take the warm-up swim. If you didn’t visit the race site for a test swim beforehand and are offered the opportunity jump in and warm up pre-race, definitely get in. This will help you get accustomed to the water temperature and loosen up.
4. Let the alphas go first. The last thing you need is people swimming over you. So, start slow and get your breathing rhythm set, then build pace if you’re feeling good.
5. Have your bike in a moderate to low gear – It is better to start with low gear and high cadence to set your legs up for the rest of the bike portion.
6. Stick to short, quick run strides. This will save a lot of energy on your run.
7. Think positive. – Keep your thought positive as possible.
8. Have fun – Enjoy every second of the race especially if it’s your first triathlon race and heads up to your goal which is to finish the race.

Finish line
With the support of your family, friends, team and coach it helps you feel motivated to finish the race and if you finish it? It means you have reached your goal.

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