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Swim, Bike, Run, Laugh!: A Lighthearted Look at the Serious Sport of Triathlon and the Ironman Experience

Most books written about the sport of triathlon are pretty serious-Triathlon 101, Triathlon Training for Women, or Triathlon Training on Four Hours a Week.

Swim, Bike, Run, Laugh!: A Lighthearted Look at the Serious Sport of Triathlon and the Ironman ExperienceWhen I began training to become a triathlete, I looked for books that related to my life situation but could find nothing like Triathlon Training for the Married, Sleep-Deprived Father of Three or How to Do an Ironman without Training at All.

When I decided to write a book about the sport of triathlon and the Ironman experience, my goals were simple:

1. Provide myself with another excuse to skip some long training runs.

2. Address significant questions that a triathlete contemplates when sitting in a porta-potty before an Ironman race: Is it really necessary to put Vaseline on my nipples before the run? How can I tell if my kidneys have failed? What should I say to the people just coming out of T2 as I’m finishing the race?

3. Give something back to the sport, which has given me an appreciation for the delicate art of leg shaving, the joy of getting up at 5:00 a.m. on a regular basis, and that persistent feeling that no matter how much training I have done, I haven’t done enough.

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Top 10 Best Triathlon Transitions You Shouldn’t Forget

“Top 10 Tips for Stress-Free Triathlon Transitions… What are they? Read on!”

triathlon transitionsPracticing triathlon transitions requires more than just jumping off your bike and going for a run. To zip through transitions, you need to make them automatic, otherwise you’ll burn up valuable time and energy on race day fretting over what to do and where to go.

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  1. Make a list: Write down what you’ll need for the swim-to-bike transition and the bike-to-run transition. Put everything on the list you can think of; you can eliminate unnecessary items later.
  2. Write down race-day logistics: Are you able to walk to the transition area(s) from where you’re staying or is there a drive involved?
  3. If there’s a drive: Can you park near the transition area(s) or do you need to pack all your gear and walk, catch a shuttle, or ride your bike?
  4. Find out if your T1 and T2 areas are assigned or if it’s first-come, first-served setup. If it’s the later, you should probably plan to arrive early.
  5. Will you lay your gear out on the ground or do you put it in specific transition bags? Most World Triathlon Corp. (WTC) Ironman races and some 70.3 races give you specific bags for your bike and run gear. Note: If there are bags then make sure you tie them securely, yet in a manner where you can easily slip them open during the race.
  6. Practice setting up a transition area at home: Figure out how much time you need for setup. This might include pumping tires, and laying out your bike and run gear. Note: Be sure to give yourself some fudge time to account for unexpected delays.
  7. Determine if there is a single transition area: Sometimes T1 and T2 are in different locations.
  8. Visualize: Take note of all entrances and exits for the swim, bike and run legs of the race.
  9. Plan ahead: Find out where body marking takes place and decide if you will you do this step before or after you set up your transition area.
  10. Figure out how long it will take to get to the swim start from the transition area? At big races it can take 20 to 30 minutes just to funnel everyone over the timing mats.
Below is an informative video about triathlon transitions:

Areas for triathlon transitions are frantic places on race morning. If you leave your plan to chance, and follow the “I’ll just wing it” approach, that usually increases the craziness factor as you wander around stressing over where everything is. This wastes valuable energy as you pile on more anxiety to an already edgy situation.

When you use the tips above to create a transition strategy and take the time to visualize your transitions in the months leading up to the race, you’ll show up on race morning with the extra peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared and ready for the day’s challenges…. More at 10 Tips for Stress-Free Transitions | Active.com

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Important Things to Know for Beginner Triathlon

“How to Train for a Beginner Triathlon? We’ll help you. Read on..”

beginner triathlonTrain for a beginner triathlon in a deliberate and disciplined way. A triathlon makes demands on a body that few athletes will ever endure. This can be especially jarring for a first-time triathlete. Without proper training, you will not finish the race and might even hurt yourself.

Put together a beginner triathlon training program

Start at least three months before the beginner triathlon if you are already in good shape. Start at least six months before if you are in average condition. You must be committed to dedicating one to three hours to working out per day, five or six days per week.

Rotate your events. In the early stages of training for a beginner triathlon, focus on your weaker events. For example, if you are a strong runner and pretty good bicyclist but weak swimmer, start the week by pushing yourself hard with a swim workout. Follow with a bike workout the next day then a running workout the following day. By the third day, the run workout will seem like a rest day to a strong runner. If your body is drained after the third day, rest for one day before repeating the cycle.

Start training for your distances two months before the triathlon. Most beginner triathlons are sprint triathlons. They involve a half-mile swim, a 13-mile bike and a 3.2 mile run. Some competitors move right up to an Olympic triathlon with a .93 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. During your workouts, Booster tickets on sale Wednesday for EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Championship Round alternate covering the distance in short sprints and at a steady pace. Get your body used to the length of the race. Keep doing one event per day.

Start bringing it all together one month before the triathlon. Get used to swimming, bicycling and running all on the same day. Cycle through high-intensity shorter distance workouts and steady paced routines for the entire length of a leg of the race. Dont try to do the entire distance of all events more than once per week. A blister or injury could set back your training for weeks.

Rest your body with one week before the triathlon. Keep doing all events every workout, but focus on staying loose and relaxed. Keep distances relatively short and intensity light. Increase your rest intervals and get plenty of sleep. You want to peak on race day.

Obviously diet is an essential part of training for a beginner triathlon. Serious athletes must avoid junk food and alcohol while loading up on whole grains, lean protein and healthy ts. Triathletes must also drink plenty of water all the time. It is a constant struggle to stay hydrated.

Avoid injury at all cost. If you get hurt you wont be able to train. If you experience pain, stop exercising immediately and figure out what is wrong. Continuing to train for a triathlon while in pain could lead to a severe injury.

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