Training for a triathlon may sound intimidating, but if you have the right mindset and know the essential steps the help you prepare, it’s easier than you may think. Even if you are a beginner and just entering the world of fitness, you can train to do a triathlon in as little as 12 weeks. Here are some ways you can train to prepare for your first triathlon:
First, make sure you have the correct gear – basic equipment is required for triathlons. When it comes to swimming, you should have a bathing suit (or wetsuit), goggles, and a swimming cap if you have long hair. For biking, make sure you have a bicycle that works and is suited to your body. You should also invest in a pair of cycling shorts so you can be sure that you are comfortable when you’re riding. Remember, triathlons last for a long time, so comfort is key. In addition, purchasing a good pair of running shoes can make all the difference, just don’t do this days before the triathlon, be sure you train in the shoes that you are going to run in so that they fit your feet in the best way possible.
Next, create a fitness routine and stick to it. This is especially important if you are just getting into good shape. It takes 12 weeks to condition tendons, ligaments, and endurance so you can participate in a triathlon without getting injured or overly exhausted. Training for five days a week, or 3-4 hours per week, is ideal to prepare for a triathlon – yes, it can be done without overloading your schedule with workouts. On a typical weekday you only really need 30 to 45 minutes per day so spend on working out. You should use your weekends to build endurance during longer workout sessions.
Lastly, it’s always important to rest when you are training for a triathlon. Sleep is the best way for your body to recover from intense workouts and is the key ingredient when it comes to preventing injuries. The last thing you want is to pull a muscle during your training sessions because that will prevent you from getting the adequate amount of training you need to prepare for a triathlon. Remember, if you do get injured during training, your body is telling you that it needs a break – listen to it.
For more information on how to be fully prepared for a triathlon, especially if it’s your first one, check out this article on active.com. Good luck!