Lucy Dixon
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Top tips for beginner triathletes

Lucy Dixon
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13 Feb 2015

Here's some fabulous advice for anyone who has just signed up for their first triathlon

Taking part in your first triathlon? Well, firstly, don't worry! Triathlon Expo has spoken to UK Triathlon who has this fantastic advice for all triathlon beginners.

Many people worry about the whole thing from training to race day itself and not knowing exactly what to do. The good news is that there really isn't anything to worry about, it’s a lot more straight forward than you may think. Training for a triathlon only needs a minimum commitment of swimming, cycling and running once a week per discipline and not more than 30 minutes of each will be enough. If you want to do more training than that then great, it can only be more beneficial for you.

Event day is when people worry the most. Not necessary, as the three disciplines are linked together by what's called a transition area where you rack your bike and basically leave everything you need for the cycle and run part of the triathlon. You then make your way to the swim start in your swimming attire, whether that be trunks/swimming costume or a trisuit for a pool swim or wetsuit for an open water swim. After completing the swim and bike courses which are usually always marked out very clearly you return back to the transition area and when you've finished the final run course, cross the finish line to applause and cheers from the crowd.

Most triathlon events have competitor race day  information that is usually sent out a couple of weeks prior and contains all the information you could need to know about that particular event. So always read cover to cover to make sure your are nice and organised for you triathlon challenge and you'll enjoy the experience far more with a lot less stress.

For more in depth information come along to Triathlon Expo in Manchester from 20th to 22nd March 2015. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the official charity partner of the event. And check out the Beginners Information and Training Tips sections of the UK Triathlon website.

Comments

13.02.2015

Great blog Lucy, thanks so much for sharing!

When you read it put as simply as this it all sounds much less daunting. I could yet be tempted to take part....