What do you need to know about triathlons?
- If you’re a newbie to competitions or just want to make sure you’re as prepared as you think you are, you may want to know more than just how to swim, bike and run. Triathlons come in a variety of durations, the longest being the Ironman — a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.
- 1 How should a beginner start a triathlon?
- 2 How do I survive my first triathlon?
- 3 What distance should my first triathlon be?
- 4 Can I train for a triathlon in 4 weeks?
- 5 How does a triathlon change your body?
- 6 Can you train for a triathlon in 3 months?
- 7 How much training is needed for a triathlon?
- 8 Do you wear a bra with a tri suit?
- 9 Do I need a race belt for triathlon?
- 10 Can you walk in a triathlon?
- 11 Can you backstroke in a triathlon?
- 12 Can you swim in just a tri suit?
- 13 Should I start with a sprint or Olympic triathlon?
How should a beginner start a triathlon?
Block One: Weeks 1-3
- Work out how many minutes each day you can train.
- Divide that time into 3 swims, 2-3 bikes, 2-3 runs (7-9 sessions a week)
- For those with limited time combine the workouts: e.g. run to the pool, do a spin class followed by a run etc.
- In block one, the focus is on consistent movement and enjoyment.
How do I survive my first triathlon?
Follow these 5 tips to not only survive but thrive in your first triathlon.
- Don’t underestimate an open water swim.
- Wear the right kit.
- Don’t neglect brick training sessions.
- Recce the course first.
- Remember to have fun!
What distance should my first triathlon be?
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).
Can I train for a triathlon in 4 weeks?
Realistically you’re looking at a sprint triathlon (750m/20km/5km). Not only will you need to get fit in four weeks, but you’ll need to learn some essential race skills too. Examples include running off the bike, swimming in open water and practising your transitions.
How does a triathlon change your body?
Triathletes are legendary for having some of the best physiques in the fitness world. That is because cross-training shapes the body in complementary ways: running develops long, lean muscles; cycling builds strength and tones your lower body; and swimming increases your flexibility and sculpts your upper body.
Can you train for a triathlon in 3 months?
A training program designed for first-time or returning triathletes to get ready for a sprint triathlon in three months. Triathlon Magazine Canada is sharing a three month training program to get new (or returning) athletes successfully to their first sprint distance triathlon.
How much training is needed for a triathlon?
When to begin: In general, if you are aiming to complete your first sprint triathlon, plan for at least 12 weeks of training prior to your event. If you are very healthy, physically fit, and familiar with swimming, biking and running, an 8-week build program could be sufficient.
Do you wear a bra with a tri suit?
You should not wear underwear (except a sports bra) under your trisuit in a race. Our female-specific triathlon chamois is made to be comfortable against your skin and to protect you from chafing and discomfort on the bike, and is thin and light enough to be comfortable on the run.
Do I need a race belt for triathlon?
You can race without a belt, but it is nice to have one.
Can you walk in a triathlon?
You can walk during the running portion of a triathlon, but please don’t “crawl.” In typical legalese style, the ITU defines crawling as “the action by an athlete of bringing three or more limbs in contact with the ground, either together or in any sequence, to enable forward propulsion” [source: ITU].
Can you backstroke in a triathlon?
Backstroke is rarely used during a triathlon, but it is a great stroke to incorporate into your training because it helps your shoulders unwind after sticking with one specific stroke for a while. Backstroke is extremely useful when you need a bit of a rest period or if the water is choppy on race day.
Can you swim in just a tri suit?
In a triathlon you want to wear what is called a triathlon suit or a triathlon kit (a top/bottom combo) designed to be worn in the swim, the bike, and finally the run. In other words, you do not take it off! With the exception of the wetsuit (if needed), you need not put on any other piece of clothing.
Should I start with a sprint or Olympic triathlon?
Sprint or Olympic Distance Rather than beginning your triathlon adventures with an Ironman, a sprint triathlon (typically around 500 yards of swimming, 11 to 15 miles of cycling and 3.1 miles of running) is a better choice for first- time triathletes.