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I’ve provided basic introductory eight-week training guide to have beginners race day ready.
The assumption behind the program is that you have minimal fitness but can run or jog continuously for 10 minutes; ride for 30 minutes and swim continuously for 100m. Then you’re ready to start the eight-week training program.
Remember this is only a guide. Everyone has different swim, bike and run insurance strengths and weaknesses, so adjust the training schedule to your own fitness levels, and have fun with it!
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The goal is complete each session (in the table above) in the required time at a pace which doesn’t force you to stop, exhausted. In later weeks, maintain a consistent pace and try to increase your speed.
- The bike and run on Wednesday’s is very important. It builds confidence in your ability to complete distances.
- When doing triathlon training in a group it’s important to stick to your own pace and get the most out of it and not over train. Using handicaps or doing out of back courses is a good way to train with other people of all different fitness levels while sticking to your own pace and goals.
- Finally, adding a strength component to your training can be beneficial. If you don’t already have a weekly gym program, here are three simple exercises that can be added to the end of a couple of runs each week to help with stability and core strength for the triathlon:
- Front and side planks: 15 to 30 seconds to each hold, three cycles.
- Walking lunges: 10 steps then rest, three cycles
- Single leg superman: five each leg, two cycles – example video
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Originally published for Fitness First Magazine as ‘Still Time To Tri’