How Do I Train for a Triathlon Sprint?

How Do I Train for a Triathlon Sprint?
You may have looked at triathlon events and thought it was way beyond your capabilities. What you may not know is that triathlons are held at shorter distances, and while they are still a formidable challenge, almost anyone has an opportunity to complete one. These triathlons are called sprints and typically consist of a swim of a half-mile, a bicycle ride of 15 to 20 miles, followed by a run of 3 to 4 miles. With a good training program you too can finish one.


Difficulty: Challenging

Step 1
Set up your work and personal schedule so you can have one hour per day to train. One common misconception is that a triathlon requires many hours of training each day. You won't need to do this for a sprint, but it's important that you get in at least one hour a day, six days per week.
Step 2
Train for just one event on most days. Even experienced triathletes don't do running, biking, and swimming every day. Start by training one event a day, two times a week, and training two events on a single day just once a week.
Step 3
Don't overdo it when you start your training. If you do, you may injure yourself or become burned out. If you have not been running at all, begin by walking briskly for a few weeks before you begin running. Take the same approach toward swimming and biking, gradually working up to being able to run, bike, and swim for 20 minutes without stopping. A conservative and safe approach is to increase the time you exercise by 10% each week.
Step 4
Increase your training program once you can do the 20 minutes without stopping. Graduate to a regimen where you run two times per a week for 25 minutes, swim two times a week for 20 minutes, and bicycle two times a week for 45 minutes. After every two weeks of training, add five minutes to each of these times. You will be ready to complete a sprint triathlon in about 13 weeks at this rate.
Step 5
Rest enough. You should take one day a week off from training. This is important because your body needs a day to recover from the demands of your training. You will get better results than if you tried to train every day.

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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