Triathlon Training Tips for Beginners
Top 10 Training Tips for Beginners
Need more help? Follow these 10 Tips for First-time Triathletes, from http://www.active.com
Not a.ll apply directly to an Indoor Tri, but it's all good to know:
1. Go short before going long.
Begin with a shorter sprint-distance event (400 to 500 yards of swimming, 11 to 15 miles of cycling and around 3.1 miles of running) or an Olympic-distance event (0.9 miles of swimming, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running).
2. Stay close to home.
For the first race, make it easy on yourself and select an event close to home. If the event is within easy driving distance from your house, it helps reduce race-day stress and hassle.
3. Just a swim suit and goggles for the swim.
If you do not own a wetsuit or are an inexperienced open water swimmer, select an event that is in a pool and does not require a wetsuit. A good pair of goggles and a swim suit made for lap swimming, not sunbathing, is all you need for the swim portion of the event.
4. Your bike is fine.
Any bike you're currently riding will work just fine. It can be a road bike, mountain bike or hybrid. Many people have completed their first triathlon on a borrowed bicycle. Be sure the bike is correctly fit to you and is in good working order. (No rotted tires or frayed cables.)
5. You need running shoes.
Go to a good running store near you and let the experts in the store help you select the right pair of running shoes. They should ask you questions about your feet, running history and watch your gait while running.
6. It doesn't take as much training as you might think.
You do not need to be training 20 to 30 hours per week. You can be ready for a sprint-distance race on less than five hours per week of training. Most weeks are less than five hours.
7. Plan to rest.
For most eager racers, it is easy to plan to swim, bike and run. Be certain you plan to rest as well. You want to do enough training to complete the event and have fun. It is best if you finish the event with a smile and hungry for more races.
8. Transition time counts too.
All of the time between the start of your swim and when you cross the finish line at the end of the run counts. Practice smooth and swift transitions.
9. Plan to do the first half of the race slower.
Most beginners start too fast. Estimate how much time you think it will take you to do the entire event. Plan to do the first half of that total time at a slower pace than you think you're capable of doing. When you reach the half-way point, you can pick up the pace and finish strong. This is called a negative-split effort.
10. One piece of "trick" equipment.
If you want to pick up one piece of "trick" equipment, purchase elastic shoe laces. Elastic laces allow you to slip your feet into your running shoes and eliminate the need to tie your shoes.