Dating a non triathlete
You’ll also want to tailor your training to your strengths and weaknesses – for example, if you’re strong on the bike and a weak runner, then the toughest sessions should be run intervals and you can use the bike for recovery.
However, if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, or a very loose idea of a training schedule, this is an example week for an Age Group triathlete in their 20s/30s, training for an Olympic distance triathlon.
Training volume, recovery and focus is personal – there is no typical.
And as mentioned, training will vary dramatically depending upon the target distance and the athlete in question.
In an open water event, you’ll need to ‘sight’ – eg make sure you’re swimming in the right direction.
There are also Aquathlons (swim and run) and Duathlons (run, bike, run). Distances can very however – traditional classifications are: Someone training for a sprint triathlon is going to have a very different schedule when compared to an athlete preparing for an Ironman event. Athletes will focus on improving their ability to hold a fairly high intensity for an extended period of time.
Of course, volume will vary through the year and taper off before events. You can race a triathlon on an entry level road bike, wearing trainers – or you can spend a fortune on the best triathlon bike, wetsuit and tri-suit money can buy. You can choose to wear a swimming costume/swimming shorts during the water leg, pulling on cycling kit in transition.
However, you can save time and be more comfortable by wearing a triathlon suit that is designed to be worn across all disciplines.
However, some key considerations exist across all distances… You can have the best fitness in the world, and be much slower than someone who hardly trains but has impeccable form.
If you’re new to swimming, it’s advisable that you attend some coached sessions – either at a local swimming or triathlon club or 1-on-1 at a leisure centre. In this case, tumble turns are not allowed – touch turns only.
With practice, this feeling will fade – and you can prepare for it with weekly ‘Brick Sessions’ – this means completing a turbo session and then jumping off the bike and heading out for a run.