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Top tips for beginner triathletes

Practical advice for anyone who has just signed up for their first triathlon.

Many people worry about the whole thing from training to race day itself and not knowing exactly what to do. The good news is there really isn't anything to worry about. It’s alot more straight forward than you think.

30 minutes for each discipline

Training for a triathlon only needs a minimum commitment of swimming, cycling and running once a week per discipline. Not more than 30 minutes of each will be enough.

If you want to do more training that's great. It can only be more beneficial for you.

Event day

  • Event day is when people worry the most. Not necessary because the three disciplines are linked together by what's called a transition area. This is where you rack your bike and leave everything you need for the cycle and run part of the triathlon.
  • You then make your way to the swim start in your swimming attire - whether that be trunks/swimming costume or a trisuit for a pool swim, or wet suit for an open water swim.
  • After completing the swim and bike courses, you return to the transition area. All areas are marked out very clearly. When you've finished the final run course, cross the finish line to applause and cheers from the crowd.
  • Most triathlon events have competitor race day information that is sent out a couple of weeks before the event. It contains all the information you could need. Always read cover to cover to make sure you are organised for your triathlon challenge. You'll enjoy the experience far more with a lot less stress.