February 16th, 2011
01:59 PM ET
Want to train for your first triathlon like CNN’s 6-pack, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s some advice from CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge Athletic Director, Laura Cozik on how to get started.
It’s soooo easy!!
Step 1 – Once you are cleared by your doctor to begin a swim/bike/run regimen of training, sign up for a race. Puts the pressure on!
Step 2 – Find some local tri clubs, running groups, cycling groups, swim teams, etc. Triathlon training is more fun with a group, plus you’ll be held accountable and you’ll meet other athletes training for their first race as well. Since these workouts are normally coached, you’ll have the guidance of an athletic professional to evaluate you, prevent you from training too much, ensure that you’re training enough, keep you injury free, and push you on days when you need it.
Step 3 – Insert these workouts into a weekly schedule you can adhere to. Then print out the schedule and hang it somewhere highly visible.
Step 4 – Figure out ways to make this FUN! Enlist friends and family to join you (triathlon caters to all ages). Pick local training races that are fun such as a St. Patrick’s Day 5k where everyone wears green, a swimming race whose course circles the Statue of Liberty, a bike ride that raises money for kids.
Step 5 – Show up! It’s that simple…just show up. A field cannot be plowed by turning it over in your mind, so get out there.
The 6-Pack is training for an Olympic distance race in August. That gives them (AND YOU!) 25 weeks to prepare. Although they are not permitted to race until then, you may try a sprint distance triathlon as early as June. This week you should start with some acclimation workouts, then tune in next week for a TRIATHLON GEAR shopping list. In March, I will post a 23-week training plan for you to follow.
The only limits we have are those we set for ourselves. Aim high!!! And enjoy the journey called life, just in case we only get to walk on this beautiful planet one time.
Triathlon Training for first timers – Week 1: Acclimation
Are you ready to train for your first triathlon?!! This is week 1 of a 25-week program, gearing participants up for an Olympic distance race of their choice in August, and perhaps even a Sprint distance race as early as June. For our first week, you will merely “experience” swim, bike and run. All workouts should be easy, taken at your own pace, and followed up by recovery (stretch, rest, eat healthy). Although the workout length and intensity will vary from week to week, the structure will remain fairly constant. From February thru April, there are two swims, two bikes and two runs weekly. Starting in May, we’ll increase volume, frequency and intensity. Have fun!!
Total Time – 3 hours and 10 minutes
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