Build Stamina for a Triathlon

Build Stamina for a Triathlon
The triathlon holds a special place in sports. It is not only a competitive event between the entrants, but in the minds of many, finishing a triathlon is about accomplishing a very challenging personal goal. If you have decided to take on the triathlon, you will need to spend the majority of your training time building your stamina. Here are some proven methods to help.


Difficulty: Challenging

Step 1
Make adjustments to your work and personal schedule so that you can accommodate your triathlon training. You will need at least one hour per day to train for the sprint distance marathons, and after working your way up to it, around 15 hours per week for the marathon distances.
Step 2
Add to your stamina by steadily increasing the length of your workouts, both in the amount of time that you spend exercising, and the distance you cover while doing it. The body quickly adjusts to the workload being placed on it, and you can improve your stamina by adding to your workouts over time.
Step 3
Increase your training at a reasonable rate so that you can make progress in regards to your stamina, but avoid injuries and burn-out, which will set you back further than where you were in the first place. A standard that many triathletes and distance athletes use is to increase their training load by no more than 10% every week.
Step 4
Use up-tempo training, or interval training, twice a week to help increase your stamina. Incorporate higher intensity and faster legs of running, swimming, and biking within the workouts you have planned. For example, a running workout might consist of three fast eight-minute runs with a one-minute fast walk or jog between each leg.
Step 5
Remember that one of the most important factors in building stamina is to get enough rest. By setting aside one day each week for your body to recuperate, you will see even greater stamina gains than if you were to train seven days a week.


Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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