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About Triathlons and Training

Been wondering about triathlons? What are they? Are they all hard? How do I find out more about them?

There is more in our FAQs section as well.

What Is A Triathlon

What is a triathlon? Simply put, a triathlon is a race that starts with a swim, then transitions to a bike race and finishes with a running race.

Triathlons come in all flavors from very easy to seemingly impossible.

If you are interested in doing your first triathlon, I recommend that you pick a very easy race in terms of distances and conditions. There are many "Tri For Fun" types of races that involve short distances and pool swims.

All you need to do is sign up and then go for it! (See Finding A Triathlon, below, for more information.)

Training For Triathlons

If you are looking for a bigger challenge in terms of distance and conditions, I recommend finding a training group and/or a triathlon coach.

There are lots of triathlon books, but I recommend starting out with knowledgeable triathletes who can demonstrate proper technique.

Many gyms and health clubs have triathlon clubs; a Google search should yield plenty of contact information for your location. Just search for "Triathlon Clubs" in your city.

USA Triathlon also offers quite a bit of information about triathlon clubs.

Finding and Entering A Triathlon

The best place I know to search for and register for triathlon events is on Active.

Here you will find a range of events covering everything from beginners to experts.

Registration information is included for each listing.

XBigMan Testimonial

"I was a 49-year old amateur triathlete looking for ways to increase my speed and endurance, as well as improve my swimming abilities and confidence. I had just finished the Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon, but was disappointed that I wasn't faster... in fact, they were closing the finish line when I came in! I needed someone or something to inspire me to train harder, or simply to get me off the couch!

One day I saw an ad for Mark's Tri-A-Triathlon Class and I immediately signed up for the 6:30 AM session. During the course of the class, and knowing Mark, we learned about power swim drills, bike racing techniques, training course tactics, brick workouts, strength workouts and much more.

Having Mark as a trainer and hearing about his competition in triathlons really motivated me to train not only harder, but smarter! As a result of meeting Mark, I have taken his Tri-A -Triathlon class 3 times and have gone on to place 7th in my age group at the 2003 Treasure Island Triathlon and 1st Place at the 2003 Tahoe Donner Sprint Triathlon.

Mark was an inspiration to all of us who met him!"

Mary T. Aycock

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