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Tips for Beginner Triathlon Participants

The triathlon is just around the corner and you want to make sure that you will be prepared to participate in it and make it to the finish line. If it really is just around the corner, you may not make it! Preparing for a triathlon takes time and dedication to get in a position to attain success.

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Don't Wait

You cannot wait for the triathlon to be just around the corner then start training hard, pushing your limits and getting ready. Training for a triathlon starts as soon as the last one one ends. It takes a lot of planning for you to be in a good position to actually compete in a triathlon and achieve your goals. From the moment a triathlon ends, most serious runners naturally start planning and training for the next one. You track your training manuals and your success record in the just completed triathlon and start working on how to build on that in the next one. It is a training phase that never ends, but only connects from one race to the other. You have to go through a lot of challenges and steps before you are in a good position to be able to train and face the challenge of a triathlon and it is because of this that you will have to make sure that you do everything that you can to create a successful training plan.

New to triathlon

Beginning runners should not expect or try to follow the same training routines as experienced or professional runners. There is no way that you can start training so close to the triathlon and hope to compete against people who have been training and competing in triathlons for years. It is important to have realistic expectations, but also allow yourself to dream big. Take careful notice of the pointers and tips in this guide so that you can have an easier time preparing for your triathlon. One of the most important tips to remember is not to push yourself so hard beyond your limits that you put your health at risk. The easiest way of avoiding this situation is to have an appropriate plan and stick to it.

Three Events

Cycling, swimming and running are the events that make up a triathlon. The question you will need to ask yourself is: How good are you at these events? You should take what you know about the events and your experience with them to help shape your training program to focus on what will be the greatest challenge for you while enhancing your abilities in your best areas. Whichever of the three is your strongest challenge, you can always train harder to continually improve so that you can increase your competitive edge over your competitors. The one that you consider your weakest sport should also feature prominently in your training schedule so that you are able to progress in developing your abilities. A proper training program will not only enhance your strengths, but also significantly strengthen your weaknesses.

Beginners Training

When you are starting to train as a beginner, it is often a good idea to start by focusing on the running. Running will go a long way in getting you closer to effectively achieve your goals and long term results. It helps improve the circulation of blood in your system, while at the same time offering you the ability to become more aware of your body and how far you can push your limits. To start training for this, begin with short races. A you train, progressively you can build up to longer distances in order to face the challenges of a triathlon. The short races are usually referred to as the sprint marathon.

Once you get used to the short races, you then can look for a triathlon training program near where you live and engage yourself in some of the training activities that are available. Today there are even clubs that can enhance such training programs and it should not be very hard for you to find one around where you live. You should also consider getting a personal trainer if you really want to set your sights on success. If you cannot afford a personal trainer, you can always look for a training center that offers exclusive training services for beginners. This will be a very good way for you to try and get above the rest, while at the same time being able to train in an atmosphere where you can appreciate everything that is happening around you.

The Swim

Most people who have ever attempted a triathlon will quickly tell you that it never gets any harder than the swimming portion of the race. Swimming is widely considered to be the most challenging part of the triathlon because you will not be swimming in your average swimming pool conditions, but in a large water body of open water in its natural environment. Swimming in these large bodies of water offer a unique experience and specific challenges that are not experienced when training in a swimming pool. Depending on the weather and the number of people swimming, it can get pretty chaotic. To succeed you should get an expert swimming coach or someone who has excelled at triathlons and have the experience to help you face those specific challenges and become a better swimmer in order to reach the level of success that is a goal in your mind.

As a rule of thumb, always make sure that you train harder to improve on your stronger points and then from there you can work on improving your weaker attributes. Of course it is also essential to be motivated, be determined and rise up to the challenge – reach that finish line!