Your training schedule for a half marathon should start at least 12 weeks before the actual event. As a beginner, you’ll run 1-2 miles 3 days a week, 3-4 miles 1 day a week, cross train 1 day, and have 2 days of rest. The running miles should increase until your shorter runs reach 5-6 miles and your long runs reach 10 miles. A longtime runner shares how to train for the terrain, what to eat & drink, plus tips for success in your first half marathon.
Your First Triathlon
Insanely helpful training tips for newbies from a fellow triathlete who's been in your shoes. See how to set your own personal triathlon training goals and improve your skills during swim training, run training, and bike training in preparation for your first triathlon.
Being a devoted triathlete — and all that comes with it — can seem quite overwhelming. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin. Here’s how I would approach getting started for a newcomber to the sport of triathlon.
All the best winter training guidelines for triathletes in search of cold weather training tips for the off-season.
In this video, you’ll find some GREAT tips to prepare you for the open water swim portion of a triathlon.
See how to put on a wet suit properly. How to quickly transition from the swim to the bike. How to maximize your efforts on the bike. How to accurately track your bike speed. How to transition from the bike to the run. How to keep your energy level up on a hot day.
The moral to the story is: as a triathlete you must be mindful of the official triathlon rules. By reading this post, you can knock ‘ignorance’ off the list of things that would contribute to you getting disqualified from a triathlon event.
ChiRunning is a running technique that results in: injury-free and pain-free running, increased running efficiency, effortless hill running, increased running speed with reduced effort, and greater enjoyment of running.
I had a rocky start in swimming as a triathlete, but today swimming is the most enjoyable part of training and competing in triathlons for me. If you’re a new triathlete and swimming is your weakest link, here are some things you can do to improve your swimming right now.
What would it mean for you to be a peaceful triathlete? How could this help you succeed in being the best triathlete you can be? What follows are some discoveries I have made along the way, which I hope aid you in becoming a peaceful triathlete.
There’s no question that the sport of triathlon leaves an ecological footprint. Thankfully, more and more triathlon race directors and organizers are going green. Here are some examples, plus tips for being a green triathlete.
Following are 3 unique ways that triathletes can benefit from Lance Armstrong’s personal experiences and training.
When it comes to cycling, there are 4 basic ways that air moves around you. Here’s how to maximize your aerodynamics while cycling and how to find the most aerodynamic position on the bike.
Here are a few benefits of social networking sites for triathletes — from niche networking to race-specific details, and everything in between. You’ll find some of the best triathlon sites to focus on, and ones to stay away from.
Here’s one of those little triathlon ‘secrets’ that takes an amateur awhile to get in their head. Your success and performance as a triathlete will be limited more by your skills than what we typically think of as ‘fitness’. The key: FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE!
There’s a lot involved when traveling and vacationing in conjunction with a triathlon event, but with proper planning, it can be a great trip for all involved. What follows are some tips for turning your next triathlon event into a family vacation.
Here are the benefits of belonging to a triathlon club, tips for starting a triathlon club yourself, guidelines for organizing your triathlon club, and ways to make your triathlon club successful.
What you do this off-season is immensely important and will largely determine your in-season triathlon performance. One way or another, either through improvement or digression, how you handle the next several weeks in your triathlon training is critical.
The most prominent triathlon race in the world, the Hawaii Ironman (also known as the Ford Ironman World Championship) will takes place each October. Here is a triathlete’s guide to participating in the Hawaii Ironman event.
Many amateur athletes don’t place a lot of value on stretching. But professional athletes sure do! And there is no sport where stretching is more important than the sport of triathlon. Triathletes with higher flexibility and elasticity in their muscles, perform more effectively and efficiently than athletes with low-elasticity muscles. Here’s how add a basic stretching plan to your training routine.
What muscles are used in a triathlon? How well your muscles perform when swimming, biking and running comes down to how conditioned your muscles are to generate force within a wide range of motion. Weak, inflexible muscles can’t generate much power and velocity, and are more prone to injury. This is why strength training is a vital part of triathlon training.
Windy triathlon conditions will at some point come into play at one of your triathlon events. Windy conditions are probably the most adverse weather situation a triathlete has to contend with — especially in the swimming portion of the event. Here’s how to handle high wind and waves when swimming.
Usually, triathletes preparing for upcoming events take it upon themselves to test the wisdom of systematic training. However, they pay the price for doing so. Here’s how to do systematic training correctly in order to prepare for future triathlon events.
It would presumably take hundreds of training hours to lop 2 minutes off your swim time, and yet 1 hour of transition practice would likely take 2 minutes off your transition time. Here are some tips for improving your transition times during a triathlon race.
Diane is a newbie triathlete who shares some tips about getting into the sport of triathlon and how she is dealing with her swimming phobia. Turns out, the fear of swimming in open water is not at all uncommon. Here are some solutions…
There are an increasing number of triathlon resources just for women. To get you started, take some time and explore the following women’s triathlon training tips. Plus ideas for triathlon gear and equipment you’ll need.
I just returned home from a triathlon trip; I competed in an Olympic distance triathlon a few hours from where I live. With it fresh in my mind, what follows are some tips regarding race day of your triathlon — including what to pack and how to prepare the night before the event.
I have two hill-climbing strategies that get me through most every type of hill on a bike: 1. Focus on your pedaling motion, find a groove. 2. Switch gears a lot when pedaling up hills. Here’s how I switched from fearing hills to conquering them!
Want to make fast gains in tri training? There are no secrets, and yet there are ways a person can maximize their progress in triathlon training. Here are a few to consider:
What is a Sprint Triathlon? How do you know where to start? What is on-site registration like? Those are a few of the questions you’re likely to have as a new triathlete. It’s also quite possible there will be times when, despite all your training and preparation, there will be a voice in your head as you swim, bike, or run that will call into question whether or not you are going to be able to do it. You CAN do it… here’s how!
When establishing a triathlon training plan, you need to train in 3 different sports: swimming, biking, running. There are an endless number of training plans to choose from. I would encourage you to think of triathlon training as both a science and an art. Here are some triathlon training plans to consider.
Do you over train? Is it okay to over train… sometimes? I’m a Triathlete and I over train. It’s hard for me to take a day off. Here’s what you should know about overtraining for triathlons — or any sport for that matter!
Let’s discuss 5 of the most common questions newbie triathletes have about triathlon training and triathlon events. The topics include: wearing underwear, drinking water, airing up bike tires, signing up for the Hawaii Ironman, and drinking energy drinks vs sports drinks. Here’s what you need to know.
A day in the Tri Life consists of making mistakes — it happens when triathletes are training, as well as on the day of the big event. Mistakes are expected and natural. Here are 3 you might be able to avoid… from someone who’s been there, done that.
Times have changed. These days, ‘old timers’ over 40 are kicking butt and taking names. It’s never too late to start training for triathlons! Here are some inspirational people who’ve done it… over 40.
Whether you’ve just decided to do a triathlon or you’ve already done 30 of them, it’s important to identify a specific triathlon race that you are training to compete in. Doing so gives you a solid goal to work towards, and a focal point to build your training program around. Here’s how to choose a triathlon event, and what you need to know about triathlon races.
Where do you start to begin training for your first triathlon? Fortunately, you can find some great online triathlon training, as well as triathlon coaching online. There are also a number of triathlon training guides in the form of triathlon training books, DVDs, and lecture series. Here are some beginner triathlon training programs to consider when you are establishing your triathlon training plan.
I thought I was a pretty good swimmer until I joined the Masters Swim class at our local YMCA. There I was – Mr. Triathlon man, ready to show everyone just how triathlony I was! But I was humbled during that first swim class, and I realized I had a lot to learn and a long way to go. I’m so thankful that I decided to stick with the class, despite the rocky start. Here’s why…
While training for triathlons, try to be fully present in the moment and what’s going on around you. Let yourself enter into the full sensory experience of sight, smell, and sound around you. Your triathlon training will be much more enjoyable
What makes triathlons fun? Well, it’s going to sneak up on you, but one day you are going to come across someone who is right where you are right now. Suddenly, it’s going to hit you that you did make it, that you persevered through all the challenges and obstacles, you accomplished your goal, you have become a stronger person — YOU did it!
I feel overwhelming gratitude for the people I have met and the new friends I have made along the way of training and competing in triathlons. These people have greatly impacted my life. I learned an important life lesson: don’t judge people, because there is always more you don’t know about someone than what you do know.
There will be times as a newcomer when you will be tempted to reconsider doing triathlons. Here are some of the situations that made me think twice about doing triathlons… Plus, how I eventually got healthy and fit.
One big reason why you will be glad you finished your first triathlon is: The person coming out of the water will not be the same one who went in. After completing the swim, doing the bike, and running across the finish line, it will be a different you. Maybe it is not so much a ‘different’ you, but a part of you that has only now been awakened.
The bottom line is this: If a middle-aged man addicted to Zebra Cakes who doesn’t own a bike or know how to swim can do a Triathlon, so can you! Here are 5 reasons to try a triathlon, and why you’ll be glad you did…