Hello all and welcome to this week’s blog. This week comes for a regular question asked on my week Q&A.
That question is, what and how do I start training for a triathlon?
Triathlons vary in distances a ranging from a sprint (750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5km run anything up to a full Ironman ( 3km Swim, 180km Bike and 42km run) and beyond. Albeit they are the same three disciplines the training, the fitness and mindset is totally different. However, each one should be challenging in their own right regardless of experience.
When someone ask asks me how to start anything, whether that be fitness, career or life the answer is probably…. Now. If there is a thought, desire or curiosity then explore it. For triathlons training it’s the same, but there are a few tips and tricks that you may want to take on board.
1- Depending on your existing level of fitness, it would be advisable to start with a sprint of shorter distance to see how you feel and if you actually enjoy the experience of swim to bike to run. But do not think that a shorter distance will be easy as you always want to improve times, so it will always be challenging.
2- Start small in terms of investment. Swim, bike and running attire alongside the training computers and sensors that can assist in training can really add up in terms of money. So be sure that you are as invested as the investments you will make. If you were to invest in one thing I would recommend a bike fit by a professional fitter to ensure the set-up is based on your biomechanics as you will spend a lot of time in the saddle and want to be as comfortable as possible.
3- Get involved with the triathlon community. Regardless of where you are in the world there will be triathletes we are everywhere. Here you can further increase your knowledge base, because we kinda like to talk about triathlons and ways to improve.
4- Sign up for a race close to home, taking on the same theme as point 2 in terms of investments.
5- Understand that you may need to adjust lifestyle and social obligations to accommodate the training schedule, especially if you are doing a longer distance. It often involves longer weekend sessions and early mornings depending on climate where you train. My tip would be to involve friends to make new ones.
6 - I would recommend once you are very sure you are in for the long term, invest in a coach to get you started and prepped you for your first race. A coach will be able to unload knowledge and both mentally and physically prepare you for the race. This is where I can help.
These would be the main things that I would offer any new triathlon enthusiast. I hope that this helps.
Until next week, Stay healthy