Triathlon Training

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    Oct 25, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    My hospital is sponsoring a Triathlon Challenge set for the end of May 2013. While I already run and do some cycling on the side, I would like to develop a weekly training regimen to prepare for this event.

    Swimming will be my weakest event, as I have no formal training. Cycling- bike is already on the training. Running- no brainer.

    My concerns lie among the following topics:

    -Weekly workout regimen: I am naturally very competitive. I don't want to do this event and 'go through the motions' of a triathlon. I want to improve time, etc.

    -Nutrition: I do not, nor will I take a whey protein supplement. I want to merely tone my body and maintain proper nutrition but not looking to bulk.

    -Comments, Suggestions, Tips.

    Thanks guys,

    -Cody
  • vodka_cran

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    Oct 25, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Good luck! I started doing tris this year myself, and love it. Swimming is by far my weakest leg, and it was only this summer that I actually began working on my technique. I took lessons as a child and when I started swimming again I just paid a coach to watch me swim for one practice and offer advice on what to watch for and how to improve. That is the best advice I can give for swimming, get a coach. Its amazing how little things can make a huge difference. It gets expensive, so I only use one when necessary.

    The other item to remember for swimming is you want to swim with your arms. It sounds weird, but the swim is the only time when you can save your legs, so by swimming with your arms you save those muscles. You will kick your legs to keep your body streamlined, but not for power.

    This is a good youtube series that was recommended to me for tri swimming. (Terry Laughlin- Total Immersion)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97b6XIntfcc

    As for training schedule, I try include 2 sessions per sport a week. So swimming 2 days, cycling/spinning 2 days, running 2 days. I try and save one day to be off completely for rest. Some weeks I do weights or abs sessions as well, I just double up on a training day.

    One final thing, take a look and see if there is a tri group in your area. They are a great resource for information and training partners. If you cant find anything online, ask some of the instructors or trainers at your gym if they know anyone who does tris and you can find them that way.

    Good luck!
  • justinlee86

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    Nov 04, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    Hey there,

    I just got into Triathlons this year. Recently I joined a Triathlon Club here locally (best decision ever) and got to meet some very knowledgeable people. I highly suggest you find a local tri club (mine is only $35 a year so it's not bad).

    Like most, swimming is my downfall! We have a local tri store and I found some group swimming classes there. Not sure how great of a swimmer you are GET A SWIM COACH. I stole that from every single experienced person I have talked to.

    BeginnerTriathlete.com has some workouts. They ask that you join their site (which is free) to download them.

    I personally swim 3 x a week, run 3-4 x a week, and Bike 3 x a week plus I lift 4x a week. I basically just work out now loll.

    Have fun training! I have become totally addicted I hope you do too!.

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    Nov 04, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    Dressage1986 saidMy hospital is sponsoring a Triathlon Challenge set for the end of May 2013. While I already run and do some cycling on the side, I would like to develop a weekly training regimen to prepare for this event.

    Swimming will be my weakest event, as I have no formal training. Cycling- bike is already on the training. Running- no brainer.

    My concerns lie among the following topics:

    -Weekly workout regimen: I am naturally very competitive. I don't want to do this event and 'go through the motions' of a triathlon. I want to improve time, etc.

    -Nutrition: I do not, nor will I take a whey protein supplement. I want to merely tone my body and maintain proper nutrition but not looking to bulk.

    -Comments, Suggestions, Tips.

    Thanks guys,

    -Cody


    Knowing the distance you plan to do would be helpful in giving you advice. The approach to a Sprint and and Ironman would be vastly different.
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 04, 2012 3:35 PM GMT
    I think joining a triathlon club or cycling group is a good idea (but make sure you have good bike handling skills before riding with a group--you don't want to be the squirrely guy in the group and possibly cause a crash).

    Embrace the fact that you're a newbie at this and have a lot to learn. Really competitive people tend to ignore steps 1, 2, and 3 and want to go immediately to 10. That's when they get injured (or become obsessive and off-putting). Remember, this should be something you enjoy.

    Work on your swimming if that's your weak spot (a coach is a good idea for pointing out where you can improve your form), but don't ignore the biking and running, or the fact that you're going to have to learn how to run right off the bike (brick workouts). Also, once you have a good foundation in all three events, you'll want to work on transitions.