Starting out in the world of triathlon can be a daunting prospect. Not only does your shopping list for new kit, equipment and supplies seem to grow exponentially but you also have to cobble together a training program that can fit in with your busy lifestyle. When it comes to setting out a training plan, there are a few key points that are worth remembering in order to maximize your training gain both effectively and safely
Start out slowly
Too many people who are just starting out try to accomplish too much in too short a time. It is only natural to have near limitless excitement and enthusiasm for training when you are just starting out but you have to remember that your body might take longer than you think to adjust to your new regime. The early days of any triathlon training program should be focused more on technique than anything and only after you have given yourself plenty of time to adapt to daily (sometimes twice daily) training then you should start to ramp up your distances.
Time on bike
“Time on bike” is an expression that you will hear over and over again in the world of triathlon. It simple means that you should spend the vast majority of your weekly training time either spinning, turbo training or our cycling on roads. Essentially this time in saddle will make you a much better triathlete than spending hours in the pool or on the running track trying to shave minutes off your run and swim times. You can quite easily increase your cycling speed and endurance with relatively little risk to injury (as long as you set your bike up correctly) and seeing as you will spend the vast majority of your race sitting on your bike then it makes sense to train accordingly.
Nutrition is key both whislt you are training and during a race. During the months leading up to your race you should ensure that you are taking in enough calories to ensure that your body has the raw materials that it needs to train and repair, as well as the vitamins and minerals that it needs to stop you from falling apart from the inside!
Prior to a race you need to find out what energy bars/gels or foods work well to fuel your racing. Each athlete is different so you need to invest time into figuring out what works well for you. I raced my first Ironman on bananas and flap jack alone as I found that energy gels upset my stomach. These are the kind of things that you need to figure out before race day as otherwise your entire plan could fall apart and force you to retire from racing.
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Thanks for reading this article by Ross Middleton, a London triathlete.