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How to Train for a Triathlon

Tackle three sports at once and get fit by training for a triathlon.


  • : Always consult a physician before attempting to do any exercise or exercise plan.
  • Step 1: Choose an event Choose a triathlon that allows you at least six months to train before you compete.
  • TIP: Use a training partner, or surround yourself with supportive family and friends.
  • Step 2: Plan your routine Plan your weekly exercise schedule. Train for each triathlon event (swimming, bicycling, and running) at least once per week.
  • TIP: Focus your training on your weakest event.
  • Step 3: Practice until you are ready Practice until you can comfortably complete the required distances for each event.
  • Step 4: Prepare for the transitions Prepare for the race-day transitions by practicing both swimming to biking, and biking to running.
  • Step 5: Rest and recuperate Rest at least one day per week so your body can recuperate.
  • Step 6: Have fun Most importantly, have fun – and savor your accomplishments!
  • FACT: Although developed in 1974, the Triathlon wasn't an official Olympic event until the 2000 summer games in Sydney, Australia.

You Will Need

  • A weekly exercise schedule
  • A swimsuit
  • Access to a pool or lake
  • A bicycle
  • A bicycle helmet
  • A pair of running shoes
  • Determination
  • A training partner (optional)

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