A triathlon is a competition which involves multiple stages of endurance related events. Usually, a triathlon consists of running, cycling, and swimming for distances dependent on the particular rules of the event. As such, a triathlete must be extremely fit and skilled in a variety of ways that many individual sports don’t train for.

There are multiple types of triathlons in existence which switch up the distances and thus skill level required for each. For instance, a sprint triathlon will usually consist of:

Sprint Distance; 750-meter (0.47-mile) swim, 20-kilometer (12-mile) bike, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run

Compare that relatively short course to the standard “Olympic distance” which consists of:

1.5-kilometer (0.93-mile) swim, 40-kilometer (25-mile) bike, 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run

Since the distances are doubled the type of training one will have to do in order to accomplish a finishing result will be more intense and even more methodical to achieve the type of endurance required. Of course, there are even longer distance triathlons reserved for some of the greatest athletes but the above two or most common for beginner’s looking to start their first triathlon.

Swimming

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The above photo is not an actual triathlete in competition, though, that little guy would probably do quite well. Swimming is an important component of training for a triathlon whether it be a sprint or longer distance course. Swimming takes a different type of endurance than running it seems. While endurance does translate somewhat, if one hasn’t been swimming but has been running they will most likely find themselves exhausted in the pool or open water within pretty short distances. Here are some helpful links for swim training for triathletes:

Complete Programs for Triathlon Training

Whether one is a beginner or has a great deal of experience with triathlons, having a set training routine is very important towards reaching a goal. If one has not planned out how to attack a specific race, then it is very likely that they will fail to finish or even risk injury in either their training or the actual race itself. To avoid this, one should have a solid foundation of where to start training for a race and how to build from a beginner to a seasoned athlete.