Triathlon Training Guide
This basic triathlon training guide will help you work on endurance in the three sports of swimming, running and cycling. Anyone in good health can train for a triathlon - it is really not difficult.
Ever toy with the idea of competing in a triathlon? It really is not difficult to train for one, and with some planning and time, you can become a full-fledged triathlete and compete in a meet.
The first thing you'll need to do is purchase or otherwise obtain some basic equipment. For the swim portion of your training, you'll need a swimsuit, a pair of goggles (you may have to try a few brands until you find the one you're most comfortable with) and a towel. For the cycling part of training, you'll need a servicable mountain or touring bike. A helmet is required and it is wise to have a water bottle too. Running training requires basic running shoes,although depending on where you are training you may want to bring sunscreen and sunglasses and a cap to ward off sunburn.
No special diet is necessary, beyond eating a nutritionally healthy one. Good performance depends on low fat foods and consumption of carbohydrates.
Map out your times to train, and then get a good mix of all three sports at regular intervals. Perhaps swimming one day, then running in the evening, cycling the next day and running in the evening, running one morning then swimming in the afternoon work for your free time. It is important to train for an amount of time that you are comfortable with.
Once you feel that you are in good condition, you may want to enter a short distance, commonly called "sprint" distance triathlon. This means a quarter mile swim, a twelve mile cycling route and then a 5K run. You'll just want to concentrate on doing your best in these early competitions, and not even think about who else is competing. Subsequent events will see you trying to better each of your times, if even by a small amount in every sport.
Soon you'll become acclimated to all of the in's and out's of triathlons, learn the best way to leave your running shoes and cycling gear for your starts in those legs, and meet others who enjoy the sport.