- 1 What do you need for your first triathlon?
- 2 How do you start a triathlon for beginners?
- 3 What is a good triathlon time for a beginner?
- 4 What equipment do I need to train for a triathlon?
- 5 Should you wear socks in a triathlon?
- 6 Do I need a triathlon race belt?
- 7 How difficult is a triathlon?
- 8 How many hours a week do triathletes train?
- 9 Can I train for a triathlon in 4 weeks?
- 10 What is a decent triathlon time?
- 11 Is a sprint triathlon for beginners?
- 12 How fast do pro triathletes run?
- 13 Do you change clothes in a triathlon?
- 14 What should I wear to my first triathlon?
What do you need for your first triathlon?
The Must-Have Triathlon List:
- Wear your triathlon clothing and shoes. For many, we simply recommend wearing your tri shorts and your tri top or shirt to the race.
- Bike. This might seem obvious, but people have forgotten bikes before.
- Bike Carrier.
- Bike Shoes.
- Swim Goggles.
- Wetsuit, if needed.
- Bike helmet.
How do you start a triathlon for beginners?
If you’re not already going to the gym a few days a week, start your training with four weeks of doing some type of cardiovascular exercise two to three times a week, just to build your base. “As a beginner triathlete starts their training, I suggest doing two swims, two bikes and two runs per week,” says Ms.
What is a good triathlon time for a beginner?
For the beginner triathlete, it will take about 1 hour 50 minutes to complete their first sprint distance triathlon. If we break down the average sprint triathlon time, this should take the novice triathlete around 2 minutes per 100 m in the swim. 1 hour for the bike leg, and up to 30 minutes to complete the run.
What equipment do I need to train for a triathlon?
Here is our straight scoop on the minimum gear you need for a triathlon.
- Bike Helmet. This one is a no-brainer, since all USAT-certified races (which is most of them) require the use.
- Triathlon Shorts.
- T-Shirt, or Workout Shirt.
- (for ladies) Sports Bra or Swim Top.
- Road Bike or Tri Bike.
- Cycling Shoes.
Should you wear socks in a triathlon?
While you won’t need socks for swimming, you’ll likely want to keep your feet dry and comfortable through the cycling and running legs of your triathlon. In fact, even the professionals had to work their way up to wearing no socks for their races.
Do I need a triathlon race belt?
During the race you will normally need to wear a race number so a number belt can be really useful as you will need to change the position of the race number during each stage. Usually on your back for the bike stage and on the front for the run stage.
How difficult is a triathlon?
For most, the hardest part will be either the swim or the run. The swim is obviously the most challenging leg of the event if you don’t know how to swim (see below). The run poses problems especially if you carry more weight than you should, and have been sedentary for many years.
How many hours a week do triathletes train?
The truth is that most age group triathletes excel with around 9-14 hours per week of training. You can accomplish a lot with 10 hours a week if you stay focused, put everything into your intervals and cut out all the junk miles and wasted time like long bike stop groups and hanging out in the locker room to talk.
Can I train for a triathlon in 4 weeks?
Sprint Training Plan: The Program This sprint training plan begins six weeks prior to your first sprint triathlon. Before starting, you should be generally aerobically fit and able to swim, bike and run. Weeks 4 and 5 continue to focus on race-pace fitness, and will give you practice running off the bike.
What is a decent triathlon time?
A very respectable time would be around six hours. If you’re getting close to five, you’re doing great, and if you’re a little over six as a female, you’re still looking at a good time. Think about it this way: you’ll have to finish the swim in 45 minutes, the bike in three hours, and the run in 2:15.
Is a sprint triathlon for beginners?
Both Sprint Triathlon and Ironman are specific distances of triathlon. Because of their shorter distances, sprint triathlons have become well-known and are ideal for beginner or novice athletes.
How fast do pro triathletes run?
High-caliber professionals will often finish Olympic triathlons in around 2 hours or less, with the men’s record currently at just over 1 hour, 46 minutes. But for top age groupers, Olympic distance triathlon times typically range between 2 and 2 ½ hours.
Do you change clothes in a triathlon?
Clothing for a Triathlon You can opt to change into clothes specific to each leg of the race —or not. Some triathletes choose to do the whole race in a swimsuit for quicker transitions. Other swimmers simply pull on a pair of shorts before jumping on their bike.
What should I wear to my first triathlon?
In a triathlon you want to wear what is called a triathlon suit or a triathlon kit (a top/bottom combo) designed to be worn in the swim, the bike, and finally the run. In other words, you do not take it off! With the exception of the wetsuit (if needed), you need not put on any other piece of clothing.