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Choosing your first triathlon race
May 11th, 2012
07:12 AM ET

Choosing your first triathlon race

One of the first things you’ll want to do after deciding you want to be a triathlete is pick a goal race so you can plot your course of action.

We recommend starting with a sprint-distance race (or even a shorter super-sprint), which will offer a solid challenge to newbies without being too overwhelming.

Your race choice should be guided by answering a few other key questions:

What’s your athletic background?

Perhaps you are a runner who’s grown weary of pounding the pavement and want to mix up your training and racing. Or maybe you’ve been inspired to do your first triathlon after watching the NBC broadcast of Ironman, athletic prowess be damned.
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Getting to the starting line of your first tri
Women run into the surf at the start of the 2012 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25 in Australia.
March 30th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Getting to the starting line of your first tri

We could fill every inch of a year’s worth of Triathlete issues with training advice - there’s that much information and that many approaches to triathlon training.

But you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport to get a successful start. We compiled some of the most common training questions we hear and had veteran coach and successful former pro Jimmy Riccitello weigh in with his expert opinion.

How many months/weeks of training will I need?

“If you’re a reasonably fit person who can swim a bit, you could do a sprint triathlon tomorrow,” says Riccitello. Recommended? No. But doable? Yes.
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