Beginner Triathlon

Triathlons have become the competitive distinction of elite athletes, especially among amateurs and semi-pros. Most people are impressed by those who could do well in distance running, swimming and biking; and much more impressive when they can do these things in succession. But there is much more to the triathlon than simply impressing other people.



Triathletes gain a level of physical fitness that a lot of people have not experienced before, even in their earlier years; increased self-confidence; a sexier disposition and comportment; greater mental focus, concentration, and creativeness; and an overall better joy in, and love of, life.

Do It Right

Triathlon training can be done the correct way… and can be done the wrong way. If you do it the wrong way, you won’t get the benefits noted above and may just lead you to suffer injury, pain, frustration and a nagging sense of failure.

You must be aware of the do’s and don’ts in triathlon training if you wish to do it right.

DO: Make sure that you allocate a little additional time and effort into the sport you are not so good at (if there is one–and for most triathletes, there really is).

The best way to tone up a weak muscle is to work on it exceptionally hard; and you’ll need to work on that one harder compared to the muscles that are already good.

DON’T: Be overconfident that you’ll neglect training on the other events that you think you’re already very good at, and just concentrate on the sport with which you are not so good at.

The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but you still need to do maintenance on all the wheels. Training for swimming is commonly neglected by triathletes, but in the end all of the events would turn out to be a weakness if you don’t work on them enough.

DO: So that your limitations or thresholds rise, drive yourself to the limits. Don’t hold back because you are afraid to fail or harm yourself. Wear your “No Fear” apparel, and go out there and rock and roll your bones and muscles!

DON’T: Act like an idiot. If you’ve never tried so much as a seven-minute mile, do not expect to run a five-minute mile in just one week if you are a novice in triathlon training.

Do not even try to achieve that; you’ll pull muscles, create burn-out, possibly hurt your lower back, get shin splints, and mentally drive yourself nuts. That is to say, in all of the sporting events push yourself, but know your boundaries and learn to master them.

Set up a training schedule beforehand for yourself. It would help to be aware of what you would be facing, and what the next days are going to require of you. Do not rely on improvising for your triathlon training.

DON’T: Believe that you must absolutely stick with your schedule even if you are already worn out, or sense that you have a minor injury. There is room for a few changes if you really feel you need it.

It is just essential for you to never lie to yourself, or invent reasons for not sticking to your schedule. Your wellness and avoiding injury is just as important if not even more important than discipline.

These are just some of the basic principles and concepts for triathlon training. Just follow these and you will be on your way to success.

Good luck!

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