While training for a triathlon is it worth it to compete in other events

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    Jun 03, 2008 8:32 AM GMT
    In my research on triathlons i'm getting mixed messages. Some people say you should enter bike, running and swimming competitions while you train, others say just train until your event comes. What does everybody here think?
  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 03, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    Lol, that's because it depends on many factors as to whether you'll benefit from cross-training.
    I'm guessing you are new to triathlons and you've decided to do a distance less than a half-Ironman.
    If you are following a plan, stick to it and if you have the extra time and desire then do some related cross-training.
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    Jun 03, 2008 3:59 PM GMT
    Im planing the tri training program on realjock and looking at Olympic Size Tri in Nov. AT what level do the factors for crosstraining come in?
  • swimbikerun

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    Jun 03, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    Cross-training benefits those who are trying to optimize performance, imho
    If you are seeking to compete more, you can schedule your races with a calendar. For example, once you've planned out when you'll complete the RJ training plan, take a look at other subsequent races. You'll be in shape and you might enjoy continuing to do more.
    This all gets into race scheduling with events rated by importance. If you get any triathlon book, like "Training Plans for Multi-Sport Athletes" by Gale Bernardt

    you can then get a template to build out your entire racing season.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 10, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    I am going to do my first triathlon on 06-29-08. I have the running and cycling part down but swimming is one thing that I have not done in a few years. I used to be a good swimmer so I am confident that I will be able to do the 600 meter swim. The bike ride might present a few minor obstacles for me because I am not good on hilly topography. I can bike on hills but I struggle. The triathlon will be held in Orchard Park, NY just south of Buffalo which has some hilly topography. So the hills and the swim are concerns but I am willing to give this my best shot. I am not trying to be an ironman.
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    Jul 05, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    Do what suits you. I live with in a houseful of advanced endurance athletes and we all have our unique training philosphy. I do whatever i feel like, another sticks strictly to a training plan developed by a trainer, another uses heart rate/power tap info. In the end, we all do just about the same.

    Its about figuring out what works for you, and sticking to that strategy.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 06, 2008 2:30 AM GMT
    you definitely should add a few running races, 5k's, 10k's or sprint or olympic distance tri before an Ironman or 70.3. they are good training. you don't taper for them, just one or two days easy before the race.

    i follow the brett sutton & marc becker method www.teamttb.com www.ironguides.net

    watch chrissie wellington win ironman germany tomorrow!

    good luck! hurry slowly!