So you have decided you want to do a triathlon? Great!
The next thing is, what does triathlon training for a beginner look like?
But to really maximise your experience it is a very good idea to have a triathlon training programme, so you KNOW you are going to get the most out of it.
You are also much more likely to enjoy the whole experience more.
Triathlon training for a beginner doesn’t need to be complicated or involve a lot of testing or equipment (it can if you want it to though). The most important tools are a piece of paper and a pencil - or digital equivalent in this day and age.
The process of putting together a good plan means you have had to think about what you want to achieve.
This alone means you are more likely to be successful. However the good plan also means you have thought about what you can and can’t do before you start and what you need to be able to do; therefore focussing your training productively.
It means you have considered the distractions and other commitments you have, and therefore not over or under-committing to your triathlon training plan.
Most importantly it clarifies your goal and makes it real. Having a goal that is clear, realistic and well considered has been shown to be extremely important for satisfaction and self fulfilment.
You need to consider what distance triathlon you would like to do. There are several different standard distances you can choose from. Most commonly beginner triathletes will start out with a sprint triathlon and build from there.
The main thing to achieve as a beginner triathlete is consistent training. You should be aiming to gradually build up your endurance in all three disciplines, rather than focussing on anything too high intensity or speed-orientated.
If you are new to swimming then
working on getting your swimming technique right
early on is hugely important. Finding a swimming coach should be your first step if you do not come from a swimming background.
If you're new to triathlon you might like the motivation of recording your training on-line and chatting with fellow triathletes. If so, then have a look at the triblogs website, where you can plan, record, analyse, discuss and share your triathlon journey.
There are some fairly obvious key components in a triathlon training programme, whether it is triathlon training for beginners or more experienced athletes:
Other less obvious elements that are in a well thought out plan are:-
If you want to really maximise your performance in your triathlon race then we would suggest further reading about planning triathlon training, how to assess yourself and determine what you need to do to really get the most from yourself.
Once you know the main areas you are going to concentrate on are then you get down to the nitty gritty of planning the actual sessions and where and when you are going to do them. Remember there are some key things you need to consider when putting this together.
Periodisation is the term used to describe how you fit all your sessions together over a period of weeks, and months. In more advanced triathlon training programmes this is broken down into smaller chunks.
Have your triathlon training plan visible, train consistently and you are more likely to be able to achieve your goals and improve your performance.