While most people will have heard of triathlons, it is easy to assume that these are only for people who are extremely fit. The idea of running a half marathon or full marathon may sound too much like hard work to some people, so a triathlon isn’t going to appeal. Triathlons can come in all shapes and sizes but there are three key elements to the most common triathlons:

  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Running


There are many different triathlons with different lengths but common lengths for each section are a 400m swimming section, a bike ride for 12.1 miles and a 5km run.


Anyone looking to train for a triathlon needs to ensure that they are confident in these disciplines, or at least tailor their training to developing skills and confidence in these areas. The level of training you need to undertake to take part in a triathlon will depend on your starting level of fitness and how hard you are willing to train. It is not unheard of for people to pull together fitness for a triathlon within three months, but there needs to be a high level of commitment to the training programme.


If the idea of the training doesn’t put you off from doing a triathlon, the cost and expense of preparing for a triathlon may cause you to think that it is not for you. There is a need for you to completely overhaul your diet, and focus on giving your body the fuel it needs to perform at a high level.


There is a lot of equipment available in the triathlete sector

There is also a considerable amount of equipment, much of it expensive, that can boost your training levels and performance. If you look at a top class triathlon suit and a high performance bike, you will be looking at a considerable amount of money. Not everyone wants to pay this sort of money when they are just in training or working towards their first event. Thankfully, there is need to splash out on everything and there are only a few crucial items that you need when beginning your triathlon work and exercises.


When it comes to starting off with triathlon training and preparation, all you really need is a swimsuit, a pair of goggles, a bike, a helmet and a good pair of running shoes. This equipment doesn’t have to be fancy, top of the range. You don’t need to look as stylish as the experienced athletes who take part in these events but then again, there are no fashion prizes when it comes to a triathlon. Being sensible with your equipment purchases will ensure you don’t overspend during your initial period. If you enjoy training and racing, you can progress your equipment over time.


There is a need to improve your diet when training for a triathlon but there are simple steps you can take. Giving up junk food, juice and all drinks apart from water, tea and sports drinks after lengthy workout sessions will make a huge impact. There is a need to make sacrifices when you build towards a triathlon and this is something that you have to take on board. If you are not willing to live without sweet treats or alcoholic drinks, you have to ask yourself if you are fully committed to getting the best level of triathlon performance.


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