Everything You Need to Know Before You Start Triathlon Training
- Sprint: 750 meter (about half a mile) swim, 20 kilometer (12.5 mile) bike ride, 5 kilometer (about 3 miles) run.
- Olympic: 1.5 kilometer (almost a mile) swim / 40km (25 mi) bike / 10 km (6.2 mi) run.
- 1 What does it take to do a triathlon?
- 2 How long does it take to prepare for a triathlon?
- 3 Can an average person do a triathlon?
- 4 What do I need for my first triathlon?
- 5 Can you backstroke in a triathlon?
- 6 Do you swim in a tri suit?
- 7 Is triathlon training healthy?
- 8 How are triathletes so fit?
- 9 Can I do a triathlon without training?
- 10 Do you wear socks in triathlon?
- 11 Do you need your own bike for triathlon?
- 12 How much should you eat during a triathlon?
What does it take to do a triathlon?
This triathlon distance requires a 2.4 mile swim (3.9K), 112 mile bike (180.2K), and 26.2 mile run (42.2K). Depending on your fitness level, course conditions, and the weather on race day, you can expect to complete these three legs in about 10 to 17 hours.
How long does it take to prepare for a triathlon?
When to begin: In general, if you are aiming to complete your first sprint triathlon, plan for at least 12 weeks of training prior to your event. If you are very healthy, physically fit, and familiar with swimming, biking and running, an 8-week build program could be sufficient.
Can an average person do a triathlon?
This is a common statement non-triathletes make when they first learn about triathlons, or talk with a triathlete. And it’s a real shame, because anyone, yes anyone, can do a triathlon. There really are no prerequisites for it. The only thing you need is some time to prepare.
What do I need for my first triathlon?
The Must-Have Triathlon List:
- Wear your triathlon clothing and shoes. For many, we simply recommend wearing your tri shorts and your tri top or shirt to the race.
- Bike. This might seem obvious, but people have forgotten bikes before.
- Bike Carrier.
- Bike Shoes.
- Swim Goggles.
- Wetsuit, if needed.
- Bike helmet.
Can you backstroke in a triathlon?
Backstroke is rarely used during a triathlon, but it is a great stroke to incorporate into your training because it helps your shoulders unwind after sticking with one specific stroke for a while. Backstroke is extremely useful when you need a bit of a rest period or if the water is choppy on race day.
Do you swim in a tri suit?
Most events provide you with a swim cap but you should buy one for training beforehand. If you are more serious then a Swim Skin is highly recommended. For open water swims, the use of a triathlon wetsuit is usually mandatory. Under the wetsuit you would wear the tri suit or tri top & shorts.
Is triathlon training healthy?
With that said, triathlon is a healthy sport to participate in due to its positive impact on our cardiovascular health, brain health and bone health.
How are triathletes so fit?
Triathletes are legendary for having some of the best physiques in the fitness world. That is because cross-training shapes the body in complementary ways: running develops long, lean muscles; cycling builds strength and tones your lower body; and swimming increases your flexibility and sculpts your upper body.
Can I do a triathlon without training?
Racing a triathlon without training properly is a magnificent way to ensure you hate the day and the sport. Doing the bare minimum is better than not training at all, but this generally means you will just spend the day hanging on for dear life.
Do you wear socks in triathlon?
Most pro triathletes don’t wear socks for sprint and Olympic distance events and are wearing some for longer events. However, over a full Ironman distance, it is rather insignificant. The comfort of socks over such a big distance is, for most people, well worth those couple of seconds.
Do you need your own bike for triathlon?
Yes, a dedicated triathlon bike will help your performance, but you can still do well without one.
How much should you eat during a triathlon?
Eating and drinking during events During Olympic distance and sprint distance triathlon racing, athletes should aim to consume between 30-60g of carbohydrate each hour. This can be achieved through a combination of sports drinks, carbohydrate gels and through solid forms of carbohydrate e.g. Sports bars or muesli bars.