Triathlon advice?

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    Triathlon advice?

    I'm sure a few people here have experience with triathlons. I just signed up for my first one in May as a birthday present to myself (sprint, so 750m swim, 20km ride, 5k run). I have a basic training plan, and I can do all of those things separately, though the swim is a challenge.

    Does anyone have advice or suggestions?

    #2
    Practice your swimming! Mine first triathlon was an open water sprint. At times it felt more like a battle royal than a swim. Lol.
    Practice riding your bicycle for a distance and then running. When you get off the bike to start the run your legs are going to feel like wet noodles. At least mine did..

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      #3
      Yup, practice bricks! What is a brick? It is where you do one activity and then another. So bike, then run. Or run, then bike. Or swim then run. You get the idea. And I would also practice doing the whole thing a couple of times on your own. Find a pool and take your bike with so that you can ride after and then have someone pick up your bike and go running. Transitions seem to be a thing that tri people practice.

      Have fun with it.

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        #4
        What's your goal with this triathlon? is it to just complete it? Is it for time?

        I recommend practicing all elements, swim, bike, and run, but I recommend practicing the transitions and exchanges. Do you have a team with you or a person to support you? It seems odd to practice getting out of a wetsuit or changing into clothes and shoes but once you've done it a few times, it makes the race move more smoothly. I would also use one event as a warm-up for the next event. For example, swim, bike, run, right?
        Go bike two miles real quick, then transition to running, get your shoes on, and go train for the run. If you have access to a pool, go swim 500 or 1000 meters and then transition to the bike and ride the bike you're taking with you.

        That scenario training will go a long way in the comfort and success of the race.

        Good luck.

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          #5
          Warmaker - Thank you! I'm doing it on my own just to complete it. I know quite a few people competing in it, but we're more of an informal training/morale team than competing together. I'll definitely try out the transitions and combo workouts you suggest.

          Vertigo & KalePower - thanks for the advice, I'll definitely use it as I get ready!

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