Tips for your First Triathlon

Triathlon is one of the fastest growing participation sports in the UK and one of the most exciting. It is an endurance race covering 3 disciplines: swimming, cycling and running continuously over various distances.

Triathlon is great fun and you don’t have to be ‘super fit’ to take part, in fact you don’t even have to excel at any of the 3 sports individually and that’s the beauty of it.  It’s also the perfect sport for developing all round health and fitness as training across the disciplines strengthens and tones your body, it also keeps the boredom at bay by the variety in the sessions.

Although many triathlons include open water swimming in lakes or the sea, most of the beginner events are swimming pool based. Many people will use mountain bikes at first so you needn’t worry about purchasing a racing bike if you don’t have one, you also don’t need expensive equipment and kit; you can always upgrade at a later stage. Triathlon is also one of the friendliest sports you will come across with races having a wide range of age and ability but a central focus on participation and enjoyment.

This information is a guide only and you must always consult your GP before embarking on any new fitness or training regime.  It’s also important that you thoroughly read the race pack which race organisers send out before the race as well as attending the race briefing on the day of your event.

© Steve Lloyd 2010, Absolute Triathlon Coaching

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