Originally posted by Dsneeringer I know this group is geared toward the masters age group but I would like some quick tips from seasonal and experienced tri athletes. If there is a separate forum you might think would be better for me let me know, but I hope you guys can give me some feedback! My name is Drew, I am 26years of age and I am a chiropractor. I plan on doing my first Olympic triathlon in May. This is my first triathlon ever. 5”10- 210lb Current training: I have been doing CrossFit for the past 3 years and other activities such as biking, running, and swimming off and on as an alternative / active recovery workout. I am now going to focus on triathlon training. I love to challenge myself and believe this is long to be a great change for my body and well being. I recently switched over to swimming 3 days a week, biking 3, running 3, and Olympic weight lifting 2-3 days. I have found some training programs online that I’m getting ideas from but most days I’m just doing what my body feels good performing. What are some thing you wish you did when starting out and what would you do differently? What things are the hardest part of your first race? Any feedback would be appreciated.
Yes, the Group title says 'Gray Guys/Gals'' but we've always really been open to anyone. We just focus on "gray" issues occasionally.
First, welcome to Beginner Triathlete and this crazy world of triathlon!
My two "strongest" pieces of advice -
1) Find a plan and stick to it. Doing what feels good on any given day will leave you undertrained in one or more of the disciplines. I've seen that mistake time and time again over the years. There are any number of Olympic plans here on BT, some free, some paid, and there are also plans available by simply searching "Olympic Triathlon Training Plan" in Google, which it sounds like you may have already done. I'd look for a plan that is geared towards a beginner or intermediate level. Given you have been training for a couple of years you will likely be ok with an intermediate level plan. If it's too challenging at first, drop down to a beginner plan until your base fitness level is a bit stronger.
2) Find a qualified swim instructor or coach and take some swimming lessons. Make sure you are given instruction in the fundamentals of swimming as those fundamentals lie at the root of most age-group triathlete's problems in the water. Swimming is highly technical. That means proper technique is extrememly important. Yes, you can find countless instructional videos with another simple Google search but there is absolutely no replacement for eyes on deck and having instant feedback. Taking a series of lessons will, in all likelyhood, quickly elevate you to the middle, front middle of the the pack coming out of the water. More importantly, because you'd be swimming with proper form, you'd be much more likely to remain aerobic which will be a HUGE advantage.
Beyond that, consistent training will pay more dividends than any particular volume or intensity. Most importantly - HAVE FUN!
The current mentor groups are just about to wind down and be replaced by the 2020 groups so keep an eye out for when the new groups launch.