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The Beginner Triathlete's Top 7 Tips

By Edited May 21, 2015 0 0

 Are you interested in training for a triathlon but do not know where to begin or how to train? Well, you have stumbled upon some answers. Here at TwoTri, we  have a exciting, new and energetic outlook on training for your first triathlon, and we leave all of the intimidating recommendations, unrealistic suggestions, hard to follow training plans and confusing ideas in the dust. Here are 7 awesome training tips for the beginner triathlete that we wish we knew before we did our first triathlon.

1. begin short, and remain close to home- As a beginner triathlete, it is not a good idea to start with a long distance. Start by finding a sprint triathlon that is close to home, for your first race. A sprint triathlon distance  1/2 mile swim or 16 laps back and forth, 12.4 mile bike and 3.1 mile run provides an achievable challenge for beginner triathletes. By doing a sprint triathlon, you will not get weighed down or spend all of your free time training for your first triathlon. We recommend that you find a triathlon that is close to home because you can practice on the actual course so you can feel self-assured on race day! See # 4 Another reason that a triathlon that is close to home is perfect for a beginner triathlete is because you already posess a local fan club of friends and family! We think that it is a perfect idea to call all of your friends and family and-relatives to come applaud your efforts!


2. Trio training- Beginner triathletes are usually better in one of the events and weaker in another. It is important to train for all three sports regardless of your proficiency. You may want to spend a little additional time on your weakest area so that you can boost your self-reliance. By training for every event, you will feel  and ready for your first triathlon.  


3. The other event- The repeatedly neglected part of a triathlon is the transition. The transition area is where you station your stuff and strap on your helmet, hop on your bike, tie your shooelaces and chug a swig of water. It may seem silly to practice putting on your helmet or tying your shoelaces, but if you rehearse the transition, then you will not grope around when the pressure is on. Think of it like having a fire drill at school. They are boring and useless when you were practicing how to exit the room in an methodical way, but in the midst of the chaos of an actual fire, finding the exit will be like second nature. Similarly, lay out all of your equipment and practice transitioning from one sport to the next. Visit our website for our beginner triathlon race day checklist and check out our transition area strategies and tips.

4. Try, try and try again- If you are doing a local triathlon, then you have the benefit of rehearsing on the actual course!  By knowing just how hard you have to pedal your wheels to get up a hill or how hard you have to break when going around a sharp corner, or how flat the running course is, you will feel calm on the day of your first triathlon. There will be no unplanned shocks and you will have much more fun because you are familiar with the course. A lot of times, the swim is a beginner triathlete's biggest trepidation. If you have access to the pool or lake that you will be swimming in, then we recommend doing a few practice run throughs. It is important to remain close to shore and we recommend  a friend or family member to keep an eye on you if there is not a lifeguard on duty at the lake or beach. 

5. Break the rules- We are advocates of listening to your body while you train for your first triathlon. We are often frustrated by rigid training plans that insist that you should swim on Saturday, run on Thursday do a bike workout on Monday and rest on Friday. It is easy to get discouraged, confused and even injured, by following one of those plans. While we agree that it is a good idea to have a workout schedule, we recommend that you  do whatever you feel like doing. If you wake up and your biceps are tired or you're having a good hair day and do not feel like getting it wet, then run or bike. If your legs are too weary, then hop in the pool or lift some weights. As a beginner triathlete, if you train what you want and listen to your body, then your training time will be more enjoyable and you will be more likely to remain with it.  Our training plans coming soon offer diversity and flexibility as you train for your first triathlon. 

6.Lifting weight won't stop you up- Adding a weight training program to your workout schedule will tone up your muscles, strengthen your bones and prevent injuries!  Many ladies never go near weight training because they have heard that they will get thick muscles, however with proper strength training, you can actually loose weight and shrink your problem areas faster then you would with cardio alone! Strengthtraining is also a welcome day off from cardio training for the beginner triathlete!

1. Exercise your lips- You can read all the articles that you can find, but nothing compares to talking to someone who has done a triathlon before. As a beginner triathlete, we are sure you have numerous of questions and even a few fears. It is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged as you train for your first triathlon. A nice word or an answer to a burning question can help encourage you to finish your first triathlon with confidence. If you do not know anyone who has done a triathlon, then feel free to email us with your queries and do not forget to read about Jess's first triathlon on our site! 



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