The secrets to triathlon training
Why do a triathlon?
It’s a very exciting event. Whenever I race, I still get a high from the challenge of going from swim to bike to run.
How do you get started?
Get a lightweight carbon bike, and learn how to ride it. Sounds simple, but it’s important to get comfortable in the saddle. The ride is probably the most difficult [of the three] to train for, and it’s certainly the hardest logistically because of all the gear you need. Two months should be sufficient time to train properly. Everything twice a week: run twice, swim twice, bike twice.
How do you train?
My weekly training looks something like this: 62 miles of running, 17 hours of cycling, 7.5 miles of swimming. If you’re just starting out, I recommend 20 miles of running, 12 hours of cycling, and 3 miles of swimming.
If you decide to ease into triathlons by just doing a marathon first, you should still do one swim and one bike a week to get in some cross-training and recovery. Interval training is really important, too, because if you only ever push your body 17%, only 17% of your muscles will adapt. So you have to push your muscles each week to adapt more. I don’t weight train—but I do a few range-of-motion exercises—because I find that I’m strongest when my training looks like the sports I’m competing in. And with each of these three sports, as soon as I start to do one thing more than another, the other sports drop off. So I really have to keep it balanced in my training.
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November 6, 2017 at 01:04PM
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