Top 10 Triathlon Training Tips for Beginners
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
April 15, 2011
Filed Under Sports
Contributed by Cherilyn Martinetti, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Looking to do your first triathlon? For runners, bikers and swimmers, a triathlon is a feat of conditioning, endurance, perseverance and commitment.
Competing in a triathlon also needs a pure love of physical challenge. Here are the top ten helpful triathlon training tips for beginners to the sport – to get you started for peak performance.
10. Sprint races
Start with sprint distance races. Don’t take on too much too soon. Let your first race be shorter and give yourself time to build from there.
9. Look local
Before you start investing extra time and money in traveling for races, find a triathlon and compete closer to home.
8. Invest in good running shoes
Any runner will tell you the substantial difference a good pair of triathlon running shoes has on your run. The right shoes will improve your stride and help prevent injuries.
7. Use the bike you have
Competing can get expensive, but before you run off to buy the hottest bike with all the bells and whistles, make do with the one you have. If you don’t have one, get a basic bike to start out with. Don’t drop a bunch of money before you know this is something long term.
6. Get elastic laces
One of the less costly purchases you should make. Elastic laces save time during transitions.
5. Practice transitions
Practicing transitions will help come race time. It can also shave seconds off your overall finish time.
4. Have fun
Whether it’s your first or twenty-first time racing, have fun!
3. Have a nutrition plan
One of the most important factors in training. The right foods will keep your body properly fueled and help your performance.
2. Do it for yourself
One of the most rewarding feelings is knowing you accomplished something that you may have never thought possible. Enjoy the moment, and be proud of yourself no matter where you finish.
Every athlete knows the importance of rest. Let your body have time to recover and heal before risking over-training and injury.