“The best part about triathlon newbies is they still know how to have fun while competing,” says Joanne Stevens who runs a triathlon training program in town.
Only a childlike sense of excitement could propel the average athlete/couch potato past the finish line of a race that includes swimming, biking and running. Armed with a desire to prove they can do it, or just a need to cross another thing off their bucket list, beginner triathletes are flocking to the multi-sport event.
While most people are a long way from competing in the Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, various distances and categories such as Clydesdale entice former and wannabe athletes alike.
Tips for Successful Triathlon Training
Slowly increase your mileage.
Take some swim lessons to perfect your technique.
Make sure your bike is working properly.
Practice your transitions.
Get your nutrition dialed in.
(Courtesy of Joanne Stevens, USAT Triathlon Coach)
How I Did It...
by Jenni Griswold
I was interested in competing in a triathlon simply to be able to do it. Even if my husband and kids were the only ones left at the finish line, I was only interested in doing my best...and finishing. Once a friend had convinced me my goal was achievable, I signed up for the Pacific Crest Olympic Distance Triathlon.
I used the online triathlon training program at www.triradar.com. It starts with your minimal training threshold and gradually increases your distance and time goals. Complete with explanations of their training programs, Triradar offers email support as well. At six weeks prior to the event, self-doubt had crept in, but two weeks later, I had swam, biked and ran the fears out of me.
The hardest part of the day came before the race even started. As I stared at the dark, murky water, a chill ran through my body. Once the race started, my only regret was not practicing the transitions more.
I know that half of beginner triathletes only do one, but I am already signed up for my next one!
Editor’s note: The author is a “40-something” nurse practitioner, mother of three and newbie triathlete.
Upcoming Central Oregon Races
July 14, Deschutes Dash
August 11, Trinity Bikes RAT Race
August 26, Sagebrush Skedaddle
September 8, MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon