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How To Train for a Triathlon

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Want to train for a triathlon? Whether you’re starting from scratch, or an avid athlete, we’ve got tips to get you ready for a triathlon in as little as 12 weeks. Three months doesn’t sound so far away, so let’s stop wasting time and get started.

The essential gear you’ll need to train and compete:

  1. Swimsuit, cap and goggles
  2. Road or mountain bike
  3. Cycling shorts for the long ride
  4. Water bottle
  5. Running shoes (preferably broken-in)

Getting ready for a triathlon, besides endurance, you need to build and increase flexibility in the tendons, ligaments and muscles. Training roughly four hours a week to start is more than enough, and it’s best to spend that time throughout the week over five days. Use your weekdays for short-interval, high-intensity workouts and leave the weekends for endurance building. Out of the five days, set two days aside strictly for swimming, and the other three days for run-bike combination workouts, to train your body to be able to make the adjustment for race day.

We’ve only briefly touched on what to do to get started, but things get a lot more in-depth, so keep checking back here for more information if you plan on getting hit with the triathlon bug.

If you are missing some of these essentials, you can find a large variety of choices at Finishline.com. We’d suggest the ASICS Gel Noosa 8Brooks Pure Flow 2, or Nike Zoom Elite 6 for great pair of triathlon shoes, and for a lightweight water bottle try the Nathan QuickDraw Sprint Plus Water Bottle or Nike Sport Elite Water Bottle.