First Time Triahlete . . . Advice?

  • irishkcguy

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    Apr 08, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    I am going to do my first sprint length triathlon in September. However, i have no idea where to start. Does anybody have any recommended books on the subject of websites that would help in knowing how to train and how to prepare for the event? My apologies in advance for posting about sport and not Lady Gaga.
  • Atriathlete

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    Apr 12, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    A couple of websites to check out: beginnertriathlete.com and slowtwitch.com. Also, I've just clipped a beginner sprint training plan that I can email you if you're interested.
  • Ironman4U

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    Apr 12, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    Good luck man...Atriathlete has some good resources for you.

    Just get a plan and follow it...it's just a matter of staying focused and doing the workouts on your schedule.
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    May 14, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    Congratulations..great to hear you're taking on a Sprint!

    It's super that you're taking on the world that is triathlons.. they are so much fun! As for training, there are a lot of websites that detail "sprint training plans". I have to say from personal experience the best thing I found out from training for triathlons was doing back to back run/bike.. bike/run sessions. Getting your legs used to a run/bike or bike/run experiences is tricky but vital, it's so important. During the week I would recommend you go for a run, bike or swim separately, but when it comes to the weekend I would at least run/bike or bike/run back to back. They say you should run 10% of what you bike, so if you do a 30mile bike you should do a 3 mile run, it'll help your legs deal with the whole "what am I doing " feeling after biking. As for swimming, just put some time in the pool, concentrate on your core rotation and breathing, once you've comfortable rhythm breathing/stroking in the water there's no stopping you, although I would recommend that you try and practice spotting while in the pool, there's nothing worse than wasting time when you're off line.. keep a marker in your sight and stick to it!
    Best of luck..welcome to tri's.. please sign up for Boston's Tri Club!
    All the best.. Joe
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    May 16, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    Always remember that there are good days and there are bad days and sometimes you can't tell the difference until you start training. Contrary to popular belief, sleep and eating well is not overrated. Not in the slightest. Don't forget to breathe, it helps you with your heartbeats.
    Like Ironman4U said, create a plan and stick to it. It may not always work, but if you stay focused and relaxed, it'll all end up just fine. Oh, and just because it is raining, doesn't mean one has to cry about it, lol, jk. To conclude, be careful doing a lower train brick (bike/run), you could injure yourself if you jump into it too quick.

    Best of luck, and remember that getting to the starting line is usually a lot harder than getting to the finish.
  • soccerstriker

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    May 23, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    I'm also training for my first Tri...and its daunting!

    BUT! I have a good friend who is a retired professional triathlete and has designed a really great Tri App. If you are a smart phone user you can search for "Tri Traininer"...its run by JammyCo. She does a great great job of setting up your 16 or 8 week working with lots of instructions. Its nice;y instructive and contains lots of tips!

    I do know it cost's $7 but that is faaaar woth it for the book that I'd buy!! and she'll actually correspond with you, personally. its a deal!

    who's going to Donner Lake Tri?? me me me!!
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    May 23, 2011 10:46 AM GMT
    Atriathlete saidA couple of websites to check out: beginnertriathlete.com and slowtwitch.com. Also, I've just clipped a beginner sprint training plan that I can email you if you're interested.



    Could I have that too??! Trying to get ready for some competitions in summer.

    Thanks man!

    xx