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May Fit Tip Blog – Triathlon Top Tips

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Triathlon Top Tips have been made for you! Whether you just want to get fit or enter your first triathlon, everyone has to start somewhere. Even the Olympic triathletes!

Take a look at our 10 top tips for your first Triathlon.

  1.  Decide what distance race you would like to do – local races tend to be ‘sprint distance’ which is 400m pool swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
  2.  Seek the advice of the Lifestyle Consultants at your nearest venue to put together a training plan.
  3.  Book some swimming lessons – whether you swam for your school or struggle with doggy paddle there’s always ways to improve your stroke.
  4.  Join a club – the best way to train is with like-minded people. You will have fun and make new friends.
  5.  Think about your kit for swimming – baggy shorts won’t make you streamlined and make sure your goggles fit and don’t leak.
  6.  Make sure your bike is road worthy – whether you have an old shopper bike or a carbon beauty make sure it’s maintained. Take a trip to your local bike shop if you’re not sure.
  7.  Enlist some support – persuade a friend to join you, or train as a family.
  8.  Practice running after cycling – this can be a strange experience for the first time.
  9.  Buy some time saving kit – elastic laces and number belts can save you crucial seconds in transition.
  10.  Relax and enjoy your race.  Completing any triathlon is an achievement, review how it went and give it another go!

For more information visit the following websites:

http://www.gotri.org

http://www.triathlonengland.org

http://www.britishtriathlon.org

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