My First Triathlon

So you want to do a Triathlon? These top training tips will help prepare you for your first race.



Tip #10: Practice on the Bike you Race.

Your bike has to be reliable, but that does not mean that it needs to be costly. One thing it should be, is the bike you would use on the actual race. Do not spend months training on one bicycle, then upgrade to a bike you are not familiar with for the race.

Triathlon Tip #9: Invest your money on Good Shoes.

You may have to spend$60 to $500 for your shoes depending on the triathlon you are joining, and your level. Buy good shoes from a shop that specializes in running. The expert employees will be able to fit your feet with the perfect shoe for your pace, foot shape and race aspirations.

Tip #8: Train in the Water you will Race.

If the triathlon event has an open water start, try practicing on a beach, rather than the swimming pool. This would enable you to prepare for the actual race if you simulate the conditions you will be facing during the race.

You may face choppy waves when racing in the ocean. You could use shorter strokes to combat the chop, and when the water smoothes out, use long, efficient strokes.

During your triathlon training, concentrate on your swimming technique; this makes the biggest difference to your results on race day. Make sure your breathing, kick, body position, and arm rotation are in the right form.

Triathlon Tip #7: Train for Transitions.

By preparing for transitions, you can save precious minutes on the actual race. Record how long it takes to change from your wetsuit to your cycling apparel.

Then find ways to decrease this time, like stepping out of your wet suit while fastening your helmet, or putting your feet in your cycling shoes while they are already strapped into your pedals.

Triathlon Tip #6: Don’t Overtrain.

Because of the excitement of triathlon training you may forget a lot of things, but never forget to include rest days in your triathlon training program.

During the actual race, your adrenaline will help carry you onwards, but do not risk injury for a couple of extra hours of training. Rest and slow down – your body will love you for that.

Tip #5: Plan out your Training for the Race.

If you are running a sprint triathlon, practice for speed not endurance. Try incorporating the Fartlek technique. Do short intervals of running, cycling, or swimming at an increased pace. Then do it again.

Tip #4: Make a few variations to your Workout.

Your mind will be bored and your body will not make any progress if you do the same level of intensity during your triathlon training. Keep your motivation high by making variations in your exercises. Go outdoors for a trail run if you already used to working out indoors.

Tip #3: Lubricate Your Body.

You have no problem gliding through the water without resistance. This is not the case when with your thighs when you cycle. Lubricate all contact points on your body with any amount of commercially available body glides. These are accessible at any fitness or running store.

Triathlon Tip #2: Fuel Your Body.

Just as running stores stock body glide, they also have an array of energy gels, drinks, and supplements. Energy gels and blocks are easy to carry in the pouch of a fuel belt, and make your energy levels high, and your performance at its peak on race day.

Triathlon Tip #1: Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

Many a racer has worn out midway through the event because they began too quickly. Plan to train swimming at a steady pace that you can keep for the entire event since the first event in a triathlon is in water.

Train for the right strategy you will be applying for the swimming event. You must run until the water reaches knee-level. Also, prepare yourself mentally for the psychology of your rivals. You must just stay relaxed and keep up proper breathing.

While other racers will try to make themselves as close as possible to the first buoy, you must not join the pack. Just be comfortable beginning outside, and then you should finally come into the line as you near the transition. By not spending too much energy in the water, you will be invigorated for the cycle.

Entering the world of triathlon is an exciting and rewarding experience. You can be assured that you will finish strong and safe in your next triathlon if you have the proper training and equipment.

Good luck!

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