Tips for First-Time Triathletes

Training for a triathlon or sprint triathlon should not be taken lightly.  It is a great experience, and truly rewarding, but you should take the proper amount of time to prepare before you commit.  A full triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, and a half triathlon consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.  Here is a brief list of things to consider for you first timers.

Start with a Schedule

When you are just beginning to consider competing in a sprint triathlon, you should create a schedule to map out your time to train for the various elements of the competition.  You should select certain days of the week to train for each individual portion of the competition.  It’s best to devote 2 days a week for each sport.

Take Swimming Classes

Your swimming technique can take you a long way in a race of this length.  There are plenty of organizations and opportunities in Charleston to work on your strokes and improve not only your form but boost your confidence.

Plan your Diet

When you are competing in a race of endurance, and training for one, you will want to plan your meals as best as possible to ensure your body has the fuel necessary to compete at a maximum level.  Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day (3-4L) depending on your training regimen, and be sure you are eating quality, nutritious foods.

Take Your Time

“In the end, the race is only with yourself.”  Make sure you pace yourself in training.  Start off slow and build up at an appropriate level.  You should view your training as a process of improvement that should include gradual steps forward.  Try finding a local training mentor in the Charleston area to help you understand how to pace yourself not just within training, but also throughout all of the months leading up to the big day

Take Inventory of Necessary Equipment

You will need certain pieces of equipment to compete in a sprint triathlon.  You will want to make sure you take stock of all that you have, and all that you need.  Make sure everything works properly, your bike being most important here, but invest in quality tennis shoes and swimwear.

We hope this information has been helpful and informative.   Most important, it is NOT too late to register to volunteer or participate as an athlete! Just go to


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