Triathlon Training: Swim, Bike, Run Your Way to Better Health
Training for a triathlon is easier than you might initially think. A sprint triathlon, typically a 600 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3 mile run is an attainable distance for everyone.
Are you comfortable working out for 90 minutes? A sprint triathlon takes anywhere from 60-120 minutes to complete. Do you have a love for running, swimming or cycling? If so you’re a ⅓ of the way there. Are you willing to put in 30-60 minutes of training five to six days a week? Then YOU, yes YOU could be on your way to completing your first triathlon.
Cross training across three sports can help to prevent injuries and may keep you from getting bored. It’s easy to get the whole family involved, why not bring the kids along for a training ride or set up a swim session at the pool or beach with friends.
You will need some equipment including swim goggles, road bikes or mountain bikes work best but even a cruiser will carry you across the finish line and a pair of running shoes. It’s nice to have a wetsuit, triathlon shorts and a race belt. All of these items can be found at your local sports store or through online retailers like Amazon.
Here’s a sample of the plan I used for my first race:
Monday: Swim for 30 minutes
Tuesday: Run for 30 minutes
Wednesday: Bike for 30 minutes
Thursday: Swim 30 minutes
Friday: Bike for 30 minutes quickly change to running clothes and run for 10 minutes.
Saturday: Run for 30 minutes
You can find a similar plan here. Want more triathlon tips or info? I chronicle my journey from struggling to complete my first sprint triathlon to training for my first half Ironman race at swimbikerunbri.com. I’d love to hear about your race or answer any questions you may have connect with me in the app Bri SwimBikeRun or on Twitter @swimbikerunbri .
Disclaimer: As always consult your physician before starting a new workout regimen.