Whether you’ve made the decision to do your first triathlon or are trying to decide whether you’re up for the challenge, training is vital to your success!
Swimming, biking and running are all physical workouts on their own, let alone one after the other so it’s time to prepare your mind and body for the test!
How to register
It’s time for your 1st hurdle and it’s a pretty easy one – the process of registration. We advise leaving yourself a minimum of 3 months to train for your first triathlon and you’ll want to run a ‘sprint triathlon’ to begin with – it doesn’t mean you have to do everything faster, the distances are just shorter!
For a sprint triathlon distances are:
- 400m swim
- 1 mile bike ride
- 5K run
Front crawl is the best stroke for triathlon because it is the most efficient stroke for getting you through the water.
While you already know how to swim, you’ll need to improve your form to combat the water which can be done by training on land. Taking water out of the equation means you have to focus solely on your arms – what they’re doing and what they should be doing!
If you want to improve your front crawl stroke or simply want some support while you’re training in the water, why not take some swim coaching?
Stroke development is for triathletes who want to improve their swimming technique and it includes stroke analysis with video, speed and endurance training. You get to swim away with greater stroke efficiency and enjoyment for being in the pool.
Once you’ve competed in a few triathlons, you may want to tackle the race training squad programme to improve your speed and beat that personal best.
We can’t help you with how uncomfortable the seat might feel after all this training but getting accustomed to your bike and its gears is important.
Spend time just riding around on your bike to get used to the gears, the easiest way to pedal and how sensitive your brakes are. Then gradually increase your distance and practice cycling in the gear you’ll be wearing after the big swim.
Top tip from Diana’s: when pedalling make sure to pull upwards as was push downwards on each pedal stroke – this will help you pedal more efficiently and go faster!
3 miles may sound like a short distance but after your run and swim, it will be a challenge to get your legs moving but that’s why you’re training to prepare your body.
Before you get your feet off the ground, invest in some running shoes – your feet will thank you later when you’ve avoided blisters. Then focus on building your distance and resilience before considering your pace.
On race day!
Before the big day, you’ll want to have practiced all your transitions at least once so you can prepare yourself for jelly-legs after being on a bike.
The final thing to say from Diana’s is to just go out there and have fun. Conquering a physical challenge while enjoying ourselves is why we love exercise!