Triathlon training newbie! Any advice welcome

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Sports and Fitness MoneySaving
Hi everybody

I have recently signed up to do a local triathlon. It is something I have always fancied doing, so when I found out there was a very local one, I jumped at it.

It is only a small one so ideal as a starter/taster. 400m swim, 10mile bike n 3 mile run.

I can swim well and it's indoor, so that's fine. I am fairly fit so I can bike. Running is my worse subject. Can now do 3 miles in 30mins but this will be much slower if I have swam n biked before.

Does anybody have any training suggestions please. I have tried looking on the web but seem to go round in circles from one link to another, without finding out much info.

I also thought about a triathlon magazine but these were £4.50 and were aimed at bigger more experienced triathlon people

Thank you in advance
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  • paulineb_2paulineb_2
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    Ive done a triathlon, looks like the same distance as you are doing above. We got a 12 week bootcamp two nights a week to prepare, sessions in the pool, on bikes in the gym and running. We did the bike part on a spin bike so I cant give any tips on that part.

    We did a lot of sessions on the spin bikes with the resistance up, lots of hill climbs. Did a lot of sprint work on the running track. Also sessions on how to pace yourself on the day.

    I found it tough even with the training. Running was my weakest part even though Ive run a few 10ks Im not a natural runner and I dont love it.

    Ive just signed up to do another one which is half the Olympic distance.
    We were also given a training programme to do outside of the sessions (which I actually didnt do as I was teaching a lot of classes at the time and reckoned I was getting more than enough cardio in).

    I think just trying to build your stamina and your general fitness is the best idea but if running is your weakest element, thats the one I would concentrate on.
  • Indie_KidIndie_Kid Forumite
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    You need to practise the transition from swimming to bike to running.
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  • I was wondering just how much training n often. I was thinking along the lines of 1 swim a wk, this being quite easy for me. Two bike rides per week n obviously 3 runs, this being my weakest area.

    I will do more if time allows. The transitions are going to be tricky to practise but thought I could bike to leisure centre then swim n bike home. Bike another day then run straight after.

    paulineb did u actually manage to run the three mile after. I have a problem imagining been able run after biking!!
  • Moto2Moto2 Forumite
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    The most time is made up on the cycling so target that if you have a lot to improve.
    Get used to 'bricks' as part of your training

    http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/Enrico%20Contolini/Introduction_to_bricks.htm
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  • paulineb_2paulineb_2
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    fingersxed wrote: »
    I was wondering just how much training n often. I was thinking along the lines of 1 swim a wk, this being quite easy for me. Two bike rides per week n obviously 3 runs, this being my weakest area.

    I will do more if time allows. The transitions are going to be tricky to practise but thought I could bike to leisure centre then swim n bike home. Bike another day then run straight after.

    paulineb did u actually manage to run the three mile after. I have a problem imagining been able run after biking!!

    Yes I did but it was tough because after you get off that bike the last thing you want to do is run.

    By the end, knackered is not the word, but its great to do and Ive just signed up for another longer one, I was really proud of myself when I finished

    And then after I collected my medal I went to the pub for a pint of cider.
  • Thank u v much for the link moto 2.

    Going to investigate the rest of that site.
  • i got a great deal on a bike from the Bikes for Families website - check these guys out for a good deal.
  • flisshflissh Forumite
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    fingersxed wrote: »
    Hi everybody

    I have recently signed up to do a local triathlon. It is something I have always fancied doing, so when I found out there was a very local one, I jumped at it.

    It is only a small one so ideal as a starter/taster. 400m swim, 10mile bike n 3 mile run.

    I can swim well and it's indoor, so that's fine. I am fairly fit so I can bike. Running is my worse subject. Can now do 3 miles in 30mins but this will be much slower if I have swam n biked before.

    Does anybody have any training suggestions please. I have tried looking on the web but seem to go round in circles from one link to another, without finding out much info.

    I also thought about a triathlon magazine but these were £4.50 and were aimed at bigger more experienced triathlon people

    Thank you in advance

    Hello :wave: I'm doing my first triathlon in May. I'm doing a sprint too. Sounds the same sort as yours, indoor swim etc.
    I am following a program from 'tri-newbies on line' They have loads of plans for different try distances. I just picked the one I liked the look of. I'm on week four and it's going well. I have spent the last few months generally upping my fitness and working on my swimming as that was my worst thing.

    Good luck with your training.
  • flissh mines in May. Hope it's warmer!!!

    Been n swam a mile today. Walked dogs. Was hoping to get bike out but it's so cold and my left arm n leg are still sore from circuits on Monday night.

    I really need to practise running more too!!!! I am not a natural runner
  • mollymunchkinmollymunchkin Forumite
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    My husband started sprint triathlons a few years ago and this year has entered Ironman Wales - so watch out it's addictive!


    Good luck everyone with your training.
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
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