Deciding how to train for a triathlon can be daunting for the newcomer. How much training you need to do before your first triathlon depends on many factors. It depends on what level of fitness you are at in all three disciplines, and it depends on what your goals are – do you want to do a sprint, a standard, middle or full distance? Do you want to be competitive or just be able to finish the race?
Below are links to some articles we feel could be useful for you, these are general guides that will help you plan your training, and help you to choose from and customise the myriad of training plans that are available on the Web.
- Read the “New to triathlon” page on the Triathlon Ireland Website.
- Beginners 12 Week Triathlon Training Plan – this 12 week training plan, prepared by the Triathlon Ireland coaching team, is suitable for beginner triathletes with a basic level of running fitness.
- Buying Guides – the Triathlon Ireland team have produced some useful equipment buying guides.
- Nutrition planning – some guidelines from the Triathlon Ireland coaching team
- How Do I Train For My First Triathlon? – former professional triathlete, Matt Fitzgerald provides answers to some of the most commonly asked questions he receives from beginners.
Jumping In: Key Triathlon-Training Guidelines For Beginners – another article by Matt Fitzgerald, a little more detailed than above.
- Beginner’s Triathlon training guide – seasoned competitor and coach, Rick Kiddle, provides a comprehensive training model for beginner level triathletes looking to improve their performances.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon – a very comprehensive guide from BeginnerTriathlete.com