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A Successful Triathlon Training Plan for a Sprint Triathlon

February 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Forget about equipment, stroke methodology, swimming fast, or triathlon transitions. The most essential element of preparing for a sprint distance triathlon will be your training plan itself. A strong triathlon training strategy for a sprint triathlon will certainly have you progressing in the best path, so to speak, from your starting point forward. So just how do you establish a "strong" deal when there is so much talk out there concerning the greatest approach to get in shape for this sport?

First of all, take into consideration where you happen to be starting from. Are you at the moment exercising multiple days a week, as well as need a new test? Or, are you a slouch that has to learn how to swim and ramp up your exercise amount gradually?

If you are in good shape currently, as well as realize the essentials of swimming, you will certainly have no problem jumping in to a training schedule. Often, this is going to contain about 9-12 weeks, where you are swimming, biking, and running 3 times per week each. For a sprint, the triathlon distances can certainly vary. Nevertheless, by the time your race is upon you, you should have the ability to do each distance of the race on consecutive days.

For example, if your race is a 500 meter swim, 20k bike, and 5k run, do the swim on Monday, the bike Tuesday, and the run Wednesday. If you happen to be at the moment at a point where you haven't trained much in a while, and entering a triathlon was a move you made to force yourself to get into better shape, you undoubtedly made a really good choice! Your training program will certainly be a little unique, nevertheless. Instead of beginning with running, simply begin walking daily. After a week or so, jog a little bit. Gradually build up your pace until you can effortlessly run a couple miles without an issue. Same thing will apply to biking.

You might have the ability to go for longer earlier, on the other hand don't be tempted to overdo it! The swim is another story. If you are not used to swimming, or really don't know how to swim, don't happen to be embarrassed to take it from the beginning. Learn to submerge your face as well as blow bubbles. Seriously!

In my many years of coaching, I have actually stumbled upon various real beginners that should start at this basic level. The good thing regarding a sprint triathlon is that you really don't have to go incredibly far in the water. Thus, shift from the basic swimming techniques to balancing in the water. When you have balance, you are able to endure a typical sprint swim distance - even if you happen to be going super slow.

Overall, your program needs to look something like this:

Monday: Swim

Tuesday: Bike and Run

Wednesday: Swim

Thursday: Bike & Run

Friday: Swim

Saturday: Bike

Sunday: Run

You can easily always double up on some days if you like a day of rest each week.

So there you have your sprint triathlon coaching program for your next competition! Stick with it, be consistent, and you will most likely be thrilled with your outcome on triathlon race day.

Kevin Koskella is a professional triathlon and Master's swim coach in the San Diego area. His website, Sprint Triathlon Training, covers what you need to know about the right training plan for a sprint triathlon.

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