Tips For A Successful First Triathlon
Keep in mind, the whole point of all these tips is for you to enjoy the journey! And for every advice, there is an exception. If you do happen to break any of these, everything will still be okay!
TIP 1: IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
But whatever your motivation is, make sure it is about you – because you are the one who will be doing it. Your body will go through intentional discomfort for something great, which is yourself – your fulfilled mind, soul, and body, which is a pretty great thing!
TIP 2: DON’T LET YOUR MIND PLAY TRICKS ON YOU
TIP 3: GO SHORT BEFORE LONG
Our advice for beginners is to with an Olympic-distance event (0.9 miles of swimming, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running), or shorter sprint-distance event, like 400 to 500 yards of swimming, 11 to 15 miles of cycling and about 3.1 miles of running.
When deciding on your first race, make it easy on yourself by choosing an event close to home, which you can quickly drive to from your house. This will help reduce your race-day stress and hassle.
TIP 4: YOU DON’T NEED AS MUCH TRAINING AS YOU THINK
Coming up with a training plan is often a source of massive stress for first-timers. Scheduling a workout can be exhausting to the point that we can’t even motivate ourselves to get the workout done, but this shouldn’t be the case.
You are not aiming for a podium finish with your first triathlon race, so it’s not reasonable to train 20 to 30 hours per week. Team Enduro can create a detailed training plan according to your race needs and personal schedule. You may visit our website for more information, or call us today at + 303-456-6969.
TIP 5: PRACTICE YOUR NUTRITION PLAN
TIP 6: STAY CALM DURING THE SWIM
We recommend going easy at the beginning, taking your time at the back, separating yourself from the pack a bit, and picking up the pace as you get your groove.
Sighting is a particularly important skill in open water or long distances. If you don’t keep an eye on the buoys, you may find yourself way off course. Practice sighting in the pool and in open water whenever possible.
TIP 7: CHECK YOUR BIKE
Using a super heavy gear when hitting a hill right out of transition can be a major disaster. Check that your helmet is by your bike because you will not be allowed to leave transition if you’re not wearing a helmet. Likewise, make sure to take it off before you proceed to the run.
TIP 8: PRACTICE YOUR TRANSITION & KEEP IT SHORT
TIP 9: BE ORGANIZED
There are quite a few kits that you need to bring with you, so it would help to write a list and tick off every item as you pack it. Besides your wetsuit, goggles, cap, and timing chip, you will also need food, elastic shoelaces, gels, energy drink, and some water.
TIP 10: ENJOY IT
If you get these ten tips down, you will surely be kicking butts at your first triathlon. So, have fun!