It’s hard enough to master one sport. But three? No way.
Making the leap from running to triathlon, which consists of a swim, bike, and run, sounds complicated. More often than not, the complexities of multisport hold people back:
“I don’t have enough time to train for three sports!”
“Don’t you need a lot of gear for triathlon?”
“All I have is a crappy commuter bike.”
“No way could I learn to swim.”
Complicated, right? Except it’s really not.
If you can do a 5K, you can do a triathlon.
The sprint triathlon, which consists of a 750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run, is well within reach for most people, especially those who are already reasonably fit.
Of course, you should ease into this type of training — just like any other athletic endeavor. If there are health issues, talk with your doctor before embarking on any sort of fitness journey. But if you’re well, your basic fitness most likely allows you to ride a bike for 30 minutes and run/walk for 30 minutes. If you can swim, you can probably make it from one end of the pool to the other.
That’s where you start … taking small steps to gradually work your way up.
If you’re already running on a regular basis, it’s easy to adjust your training to incorporate time swimming and cycling.
Important Note: I said “incorporate,” not “add.” Most people can prepare for a triathlon with the same amount of training hours as they would a 5K, believe it or not.
How to Adjust Your Training for Triathlon
Ready to get started? Here’s your five-point checklist to becoming a triathlete: