Hello Everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Jane Blackmore.
Triathlons can be intimidating sporting events. You have to ensure you are comfortable and capable of three entirely different sports. You obviously have to have a decent level of fitness in order to compete.
Many enter into a triathlon with the intention of raising money for charity, fundraising for a good cause. Many send off their entry forms without considering the training needed.
For an absolute beginner looking to attempt their first triathlon, these tips may come in handy.
- Choose your distance carefully; the idea of completing the Ironman may seem very motivational when staring at the laptop. It is a huge feat to go from novice to Ironman in one foul swoop.
- Check out the British triathlon events calendar for races happening in the UK and start with a 5k or 10k, giving yourself at least three months to get your body ready.
- Buy a tri-suit, they are very practical and make the whole race more enjoyable.
- Don’t worry about the bike. At this stage you don’t need to spend a fortune on a new bike, whatever you have in the garage will do just fine. If you intend on taking the sport seriously after you have completed a few events, then it could be time to go shopping.
- In contrast, you will need good running shoes, speak to your local specialist running store about what make and model will suit your feet and running style best.
- Train with a drink in hand. If you can cycle and run with a drink in hand it will keep your hydration levels fluid and increase your performance.
- Stay close to home. For your first triathlon, book an event close to home that way you will eliminate some of the pre races stresses.
- Fundraise for a charity you are passionate about – it will make the process more worthwhile.
- Finally, enjoy the day, it will be hard work but fun with it!
About The Author:
Jane Blackmore is a writer, blogger and marathon runner. Mother to three and avid fundraiser.