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Top Tips for First-Time Triathletes

For those looking for the physical challenge of a lifetime, a triathlon is the perfect endurance race that encompasses the three main disciplines of running, cycling, and swimming. In recent years, more and more people have been taking on the ultimate physical challenge. If you want to get in on a piece of the action, you need to ensure that you are properly prepared to do so. With this in mind, here are a few top tips for first-time triathletes.

SportActive - Top Tips for First-Time Triathletes - Principles of trainingWork on transitions as you become proficient in the different diciplines

Start Off Short

While you probably see a lot of coverage for events such as the Ironman triathlon, this is a huge undertaking that should only be attempted by those who are already familiar with the sport. Instead, you can build up to this with a sprint-distance event. Next, you can take on the Olympic-distance event, which is a challenge in itself. If you become addicted enough to the sport, the big one is always ready and waiting for you!

Choose Your Equipment Carefully

A good triathlete needs a range of high-quality equipment to complete the race successfully. First of all, you require goggles and a wetsuit if you are swimming in the open seas. Next, you need to move onto the cycling portion of the race. Check out mens road bikes from Cycle Solutions. You should also think about getting some sunglasses and padded shorts if you are going to be cycling for an extended period of time. For the running part of the race, a good pair of running shoes is essential.

Put in Enough Training Hours

Before you compete in the actual event, it is worth being as prepared as possible. So, practice each of the disciplines in turn before you try and put them all together. Then, you can start transitioning from one to the next. There is no need to train up to the full distance of your triathlon as you will be able to do this when race day arrives.

SportActive - Top Tips for First-Time Triathletes - Group ridingBuild up your distances over time

Stay Close to Home

It is better for your first event if you can choose one that is nearby to your own home. This way, you don’t have to worry about the traveling time on top of the nerves of competing in the event itself. You may also have the opportunity to practice on the actual course itself, which can help provide you with a boost of confidence.

Go Slow

On your first triathlon, it is better to be too slow rather than too quick. You don’t want to risk burning yourself out and not being able to finish the race. Once you have done one, you can then start giving yourself time targets and working out the ways that you can shave minutes off your time. Once you take on and complete your first triathlon, you may find that it is something that you don’t want to stop doing. Make sure that you do the proper preparation, and you are much more likely to have an enjoyable time.

SportActive - Top Tips for First-Time Triathletes - Go slow for the TriathlonPreparation is key to success

Submitted: 3/2/21

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