“Triathlon plus – your child wants to do Triathlon too? Below are tips on how to make them a winner. Read it now!”
Training and preparing for three different sports in one can be a little more intimidating than deciding to do a kid’s running race or local 5K. Three sports are a little more difficult to balance. So we’ve come up with some tips to help parents and kids better prepare for a kids triathlon. This is not intended to be a regimented training plan, but simply some ideas that you can do as a family to better prepare your kids for the triathlon.
- At the beginning of summer start being more active outdoors with your kids. Go on family walks, bike rides, or even go to the pool together. While on these family outings you can challenge your kids to races with dad or mom for short distances. This will get the kids used to giving a little more effort that they might be used to. Start short, then move to longer races
- It would be good to take these outings in a local park where you don’t have to watch traffic. Rotary park on south Merritt Island or Mitchell Ellington park are great places to “train”. They are especially good if you have smaller children not doing the race, they can play on the playground while you and your other child(ren) ride or run
- “Cross Training” is also great fun. You don’t have to swim, bike, or run all the time. Try playing soccer, throwing a Frisbee or football, going on a family hike, or any other activity that gets you all moving together
- While it is good to have outdoor activity with your kids every day, you don’t need to do all three sports every day. It is more than enough to do each sport once or twice per week
- Work on the sport that your child may not be to sure of in a positive and fun way, no pressure
- By about late June, you should build these fun family outings to where you are swimming, riding, or running the actual distances or further that they will be racing. There is no need to do “two a days” or to try and do all three in a day. Remember these are a lot more fun as family outings, but if you have smaller children who are not doing the race, it might be good for the older child(ren) to get some special one on one time with mom or dad to “train” for the race
- In the middle of July it would be good for you and your child do a bike followed by a run. This is the closest thing to a workout you will do together, and it is called a “brick workout” because your legs feel like a load of bricks when you try to run after riding your bike. Remember to make it fun, you’re not training for the Olympics. Do a few bricks (one a week) starting with shorter distances and working up to the actual race distances
- Also in the middle of July you should practice the transitions with your child. Most people don’t think about preparing for the time between the sports, but this is where most confusion occurs. Here are a few specific things to prepare your child for.
- Locating their own spot. It is good to use a favorite or colorful towel to help your child locate their spot in transition area. There are going to be a lot of bikes in there and even though the volunteers are great at helping the kids to their bikes, it helps if the kids have a bright or fun towel to look for.
Locating their own spot. It is good to use a favorite or colorful towel to help your child locate their spot in transition area. There are going to be a lot of bikes in there and even though the volunteers are great at helping the kids to their bikes, it helps if the kids have a bright or fun towel to look for. More at How To Prepare for a Kid’s Triathlon