Triathlon Training Schedule

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Where do I start? What equipment do I need? How do I train? This article will serve as your 'Where do I start?' guide with several triathlon training schedules included below.

Welcome! Those of you that have resolved to get fit and do a triathlon this year have found your way here. You are in luck. We have many triathlon training schedules for the beginner below. This article will also serve as a 'where do I start' guide for new triathletes and especially people new to fitness that are just about to take the first steps towards becoming triathletes. This guide will also be especially useful for those needing to lose weight. This article may get lengthy but will serve as a complete guide to all of the necessary articles to start your triathlon training today

A Beginner's Guide to Triathlon
A FAQ on using the site and a compilation of basic advice

New Year’s Resolution: First Triathlon 

First half or full Ironman?  Click HERE!

SPRINT AND OLYMPIC RACE DISTANCES

Your first race will most likely be a minisprint, sprint or olympic race.  Click Here for Iron distance information

Sprint Distances:

  750 meter - 0.5 mile swim
  20 kilometer - 12.5 mile bike
  5 kilometer - 3.1 mile run

Olympic Distances:

  1.5 kilometer - 0.9 mile swim
  40 kilometer - 25 mi bike
  10 kilometer - 6.2 mi run

TRIATHLON LINGO


Triathlon has many words that you probably have never heard of...and just as many acronyms. Triathlon Glossary

BEFORE YOU START TRAINING

Medical Clearance
Read this before you begin any training. Know the risks of partaking in this sport. Choosing a Triathlon Training Plan is a perfect article to help you figure out where to begin.

TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR WEIGHTLOSS

Use these programs if you have weight to lose before beginning formal triathlon training. These are very conservative and low impact.

EATING FOR WEIGHTLOSS

Along with the weightloss training plans above, here are a collection of several great articles on the many ways to think and go about losing weight.

SPRINT TRIATHLON TRAINING SCHEDULES

These are some great formal schedules to start your triathlon training in all three sports.

OLYMPIC TRIATHLON TRAINING SCHEDULES

If you have current history as a runner, you may be able to jump into the Olympic training plans - my favorite distance for satisfying training vs family time.

Olympic Triathlon Training Plans

BEGINNER QUESTION AND ANSWER


We have nearly 50 articles of member questions on many beginner topics. Beginner Q&A Articles

STAYING INJURY FREE

Staying injury free is doable if you listen to your body, don't do too much too soon and modify or stop your training if there is pain. Ouch! The Body’s Language of Pain—What it Means and What to Do About it.

Understanding Injury: Knowing when to stop may help make your season a success Training Through Injuries The Biomechanics of Overuse Injuries in Endurance Athletes

HEART RATE TRAINING

Heart rate training is especially useful if you have problems going too fast or you want to really improve your training. Warning, this gets a little technical.

WORKOUT FUELING

Workout fueling is just as important as the training to get the best out of the workout and to lose or maintain your weight.

BECOMING A RUNNER


There is nothing wrong with starting out in one sport first before doing all three. Here are the running programs that started the site(ironically).

BECOMING A SWIMMER

The following programs are excellent for those just starting out in swimming to build endurance. They can also be used to supplement your Sprint triathlon swim training.

SWIM TRAINING ESSENTIALS

If you are new to the pool, especially lap swimming, it would be a wise idea to read Pool Etiquette for Lap Swimmers

STRETCHING

Stretching is complicated. There have been and still are many debates on the merits of stretching. Like many things, it comes down to the individual and the right program.

GETTING GEARED-UP

What training gear is necessary for a triathlon?

What a triathlon beginner needs to get started: The Swim

What a triathlon beginner needs to get started: The Bike

What a new triathlete needs to get started: The Run

CHOOSING A BIKE

Sooner or later you will be asking these questions. The following three articles will be indispensable.

YOUR BIKE


The bike portion is where most of your miles are. It's also where most of your equipment is for. Here are several video tutorials on maintaining your bike.

BIKE TRAINING


The following are not bike workouts but important concepts for better bike training.

RUN TRAINING

Here are a few articles on run training concepts.

TRANSITIONS

Your triathlon transitions will save or waste precious minutes. Make sure you practice before the big day. Don't forget to print out our Race Day Checklist

RACE DAY

A few tips on properly eating before and during a race. If you are new to racing, get familiar with Rule Violations During Triathlon Racing

VIDEO: USA Triathlon Rules Clinic
Great video on the rules that you need to know for your triathlon

Have questions?

There are thousands of knowledgeable people in our forums to help you out on any questions. Also visit our state forums to find people in your area for local information and training partners.

Access plans, log workouts and find races on your mobile device!

Just go to beginnertriathlete.com on your phone and you will get the mobile version.  Access plans, log your training and more.

                    

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date: December 31, 2009